COMFORT, UTILITY, HANDLING, AND PERFORMANCE ARE KEY COMPONENTS OF THE NEW 2008 IMPREZA LINEUP.
Highlights of the redesigned Impreza 2.5i, WRX, and Outback Sport models are more sophisticated styling, advanced engineering, more spacious interior, and roomier cargo area. The models contain new exterior and interior design features along with a new chassis design.
Both the Impreza 2.5i and the WRX lineups feature a 4-Door and a 5-Door model, while
the Outback Sport is available as a 5-Door model. Powering all models is the signature
Subaru Boxer engine complemented by Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive – which continues
to deliver road-hugging driving dynamics – and the standard 5-speed manual
or available 4-speed automatic transmission with SPORTSHIFT® manual
The Subaru horizontally opposed engine gives the Impreza models a lower center of gravity, providing more responsive driving and improved safety. The Impreza 2.5i and Outback Sport feature a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, which produces 170 hp @ 6,000 rpm and 170 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm. The WRX, powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine, cranks out 224 hp @ 5,200 rpm and 226 lb-ft of torque @ 2,800 rpm. The engines deliver peak horsepower and torque at lower engine speeds from previous models, which helps to improve performance.
The new body/chassis design allows the engine to be 22 mm lower in the front and
10 mm lower in the rear, creating an even lower center of gravity, which contributes
to the improved handling and vehicle stability. And the addition of the double wishbone
rear suspension provides improved handling and ride comfort.
Unique to the North American market, the 4-Door models are 4.5 inches longer than the previous 4-Door and 6.5 inches longer than the current 5-Door models. The front-end design is wider and accented with a sharp body-side crease. The rear features distinctive red lamp lenses and a chrome strip below the trunk line.
The 5-Door design is elegant, with a single curve roofline flowing into the aerodynamic
rear spoiler. The front-end design includes the new spread wing logo placed at the
top of the widened grille. Rear LED lights with clear lenses add to the sporty character
of the vehicle.
Redesigning the chassis created more interior cabin area, enabling an emphasis on comfort. Seat comfort is enhanced by a new spring design and improved cushioning material.
Passenger space is improved by two more inches of front shoulder room, additional headroom, and extra rear-seat leg room. Footwell lighting has been added for greater convenience. The roomier interior features a 60/40 flat-folding rear seat (all models) and a wide flat load floor (5-Door) that provide plenty of flexible storage solutions. Double layer door seals and new framed windows improve Noise Vibration and Harshness (NVH) for a quieter cabin.
Additionally, the models boast enhanced, wider-opening rear doors that present easier entry and exit for passengers while the shifted angle of the C-pillar allows for more head clearance as passengers maneuver in and out.
The state-of-the-art interior incorporates a 4-speaker audio system with single-disc in-dash CD player (Outback Sport includes a 10-speaker, 6-disc CD system), available auxiliary inputs, pre-wiring for satellite radio, and capabilities for the available touch-screen GPS navigation system.
Included in the Impreza lineup is the available high-tech SRS Circle Surround®
Automotive system.1 This system utilizes a number of audio enhancement
techniques so passengers hear original cinema-quality sound from every seating position.
Every Subaru model has been designed to achieve the highest crash-test rating in its class. Intended to protect its passengers in an impact, Impreza models feature the ring-shaped reinforcement frame body structure, along with a new high-tension material used around the cabin for stronger design and passenger protection. A new bumper beam was constructed to further enhance collision absorption performance. Now standard on WRX and Outback Sport and available on Impreza 2.5i is Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC), which helps the driver retain handling control through management of the engine and braking system. The new braking system provides improved braking over the 2007 Impreza models.
Inside, 2008 Impreza vehicles are equipped with an Advanced Frontal Airbag System
with a front passenger occupant detection system sensor, and standard front, side,
and side-curtain airbags (SRS).2 Complementing these interior safety
components are the new standard side-curtain airbags; 3-point seatbelts for all
seats, including height adjustable for outboard positions; and a safety pedal system,
which folds the pedal assembly forward in a severe frontal impact to help reduce
injury to the driver, now including the clutch pedal as well as the brake pedal.
The numerous passive-safety components help minimize the effects of an impact.
With the new design and added technology, the 2008 Impreza models improve upon the
power and performance characteristics for which the lineup is known. And features
like the now-standard Tire Pressure Monitoring System, 16.9-gallon fuel tank, and
speed-sensitive audio volume adjustment make the 2008 Impreza models more comfortable,
stylish, and desirable.
1 SRS and symbol are trademarks of SRS Labs, Inc.
2 The airbag Supplemental Restraint System ( SRS ) affords the driver, and the front and rear outboard passengers, additional protection in moderate-to-severe frontal and side-impact collisions. This system provides supplemental protection only, and seatbelts must be worn in order to avoid injuries to out-of-position occupants upon airbag deployment, and to provide the best combined protection in a serious accident. Children should always be properly restrained in one of the rear seats.