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The All-New Next-Gen Subaru Impreza - 8 Things You Didn’t Know

The all-new 2024 Subaru Impreza is almost here. Check out the eight things you didn't know about the new Subaru hatchback before it arrives this spring.

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The next-generation 2024 Subaru Impreza is ready to make its dealer launch in the U.S., and there are a few details you still need to learn about the new compact hatchback. Here are eight things about the all-new Impreza that may help you if you are considering the newly updated and remodeled hatchback.  

1. It’s Impreza's first complete vehicle redesign in seven years. 

Subaru typically has vehicles (except for the WRX and BRZ sports cars) on a five-year life and remodel cycle. But the Impreza's last remodel came in 2017. So Subaru Corporation chose to delay the Impreza remodel an additional two years. 

2024 Subaru Impreza

Subaru chose to wait to avoid retooling its U.S. plant in Lafayette, Indiana, where the 2023 Impreza is manufactured. Subaru needed to centralize the Impreza manufacturing to Japan, which brings us to the second point. 

2. The Impreza is no longer manufactured in the U.S. factory in Lafayette, Indiana. 

All 2024 model-year Impreza hatchbacks will be made in the Gunma, Japan factory and shipped to the U.S. from Japan. Subaru did this to make room for the 2024 Crosstrek Sport, Limited, and Wilderness that Subaru of Indiana Automotive now makes in the U.S. factory.

2024 Subaru Impreza

3. The Impreza sedan only represents 20 percent of Impreza sales.

Another reason Subaru moved the Impreza production to Japan is that they now only offer the Impreza in a hatchback body style. They dropped the Impreza sedan because Subaru of America sold nearly 80 percent of Impreza's in hatchback body style. So the sedan had to go, and Subaru's manufacturing is now more efficient. 

4. The new Impreza is no wider or longer than the previous model, and cargo space shrunk.

Every new-generation model typically gets larger but not the Subaru Impreza. Subaru of America didn't officially announce the all-new 2024 Subaru Impreza has less cargo space than the outgoing 2023 model, but it does. Subaru of America recently showed the next-generation 2024 Impreza at a press event in Los Angeles. It revealed that the new hatchback's cargo space is "slightly reduced" compared with the 2023 model.

5. The new Impreza uses glue to improve ride quality.

The 2024 Impreza has a stiffer ride and better handling with little body sway. Subaru execs attribute the enhanced experience to 10 percent greater torsional rigidity derived from a broader application of construction adhesive, and seat tracks are now welded directly to the floor instead of sitting on brackets.

Subaru Corporation recently released a new fact about its vehicles. It said its new models are held together by an automotive, industrial glue first adopted with the next-generation Subaru Impreza when the automaker introduced the new Subaru Global Platform in 2017.

6. The CVT automatic gets new tweaks for improved performance.

The Subaru Lineartronic CVT is now standard for all 2024 Impreza trims and has been tweaked for better performance and reduced noise. A wider ratio spread (8.1 vs. 7.0 in' the 23 models) and revised manual-mode ratios exist. But the fuel economy did not improve. 

7. The new Impreza's fuel economy is down compared with the 2023 models.

According to the EPA, a report from Wards Auto reveals the 2024 Impreza's fuel economy for the Impreza 2.0-liter engine is 27/34 city/highway mpg and 30 combined mpg. The EPA estimates the new Impreza fuel economy is down from 28/36 city/highway mpg and 31 combined mpg for the 2023 2.0-liter hatch CVT model.

The report says the EPA fuel mileage rating for the 2024 Impreza RS with the new 2.5-liter engine is 26/33 city/highway mpg and 29 combined mpg. 

8. A new Impreza Hybrid and a plug-in Hybrid version are on the drawing board. 

Wards Auto said, "Subaru won't' fess up about future drivetrains. Still, a hybrid, possibly a plug-in hybrid, version of the (next-generation) Impreza is widely expected in the next two years."

The all-new sixth-generation 2024 Subaru Impreza compact hatchback arrives at U.S. retailers this spring. 

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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report, where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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