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Subaru brings Impreza back to UK


Subaru UK is to bring the Impreza back to the UK, with the latest model going on sale throughout the network from May 1.

The new model will be limited to one, non-turbo 1.6-litre 112bhp petrol engine and one trim level with a choice of five speed manual or Lineartronic CVT transmissions.

CO2 emissions are 147g/km in manual and 140g/km in CVT form. EU official combined cycle fuel economy is 44.1mpg and 46.3mpg.

The Impreza had previously been withdrawn from the UK market by importer IM Group in late 2012.

The new 1.6-litre Impreza RC will be priced from £17,495. The Impreza will be the only car in the C-segment to offer all-wheel drive (AWD) as standard on every model.

However its efficiency and VED costs suffer as a result - a similarly priced and performing Ford Focus 1.0 Ecoboost has CO2 emissions of 109g/km and 60.1mpg official combined fuel economy.

Subaru UK said a combination of a more favourable exchange rate and persistent customer demand has led to the decision to make the Impreza available again in the UK market in small volumes, and it will offer an interesting and price competitive alternative to much more established competition in the highly competitive C-segment.

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  • jimsmith - 21/03/2014 10:51

    The question is who will buy this car ????

  • Mal - 21/03/2014 14:02

    Subaru is not mainstream and I would imagine this car will struggle to find a market. In reality who needs a 1.6cc 4WD hatchback, it can't compete in a market that is continually developing small engined fuel efficient low tax bracket cars. The reality is that Subaru is a long way away from the days of Colin McRae and the success of the Impreza on the back of an excellent rallying pedigree and associated marketing. The only Impreza the enthusiasts would be interested in is a fire breathing proven halo model . . . which they haven't got.

  • Craig - 21/03/2014 14:28

    They killed the brand when they redesigned it to look like a generic hatchback. I'm an ex-Scooby driver and I'll stay an ex-Scooby driver!