The Subaru Impreza, beloved by tuners and families alike, has received an important upgrade for 2024. The new Impreza, which made its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, has committed to a single-body design. Subaru has discontinued the Impreza sedan; only the hatchback will be available. Other important changes are on the way for the zippy, affordable Subaru.
As long-time Slashbeats readers will recall, we felt some changes to the Impreza formula were overdue. The 2022 WRX STI disappointed us, not least because it abandoned all ties to the simple, excellent daily driver that inspired it in favor of a completely custom build. The car attempted to compete with dedicated entry-level sports cars such as the new Integra and Elantra N.
That said, criticizing an Impreza, even an over-designed, underperforming try-hard, felt like kicking a puppy. For the past three decades, the Subaru Impreza has been a consistently brilliant car that is both practical and fun to drive. We’ve been waiting for a genuine attempt to revive the build that gave us the best of both worlds. Subaru may finally be ready to deliver in 2024.
Importantly, the 2024 Impreza will keep what has made the model so successful over the last 30 years rather than try to engineer it. According to Subaru’s press release, the car will be available in three trim levels: standard, sport, and the new RS. I power the base and sport models with Subaru’s classic flat-four Boxer engine, which produces 153 horsepower. The RS gets a larger 2.5-liter engine that produces 182 bhp. All three trim levels are AWD, as is proper for a Subaru. Subaru is not repeating itself. Active Torque Vectoring will be standard on the 2024 Impreza, as well an upgraded version of the WRX’s dual-pinion power steering rack. That was one of our major issues with 2022.
In terms of less glamorous hardware, Subaru’s excellent EyeSight safety system will be standard on all trim levels. We have redesigned the cabin to be more comfortable, and the onboard electronics are compatible with AppleCarPlay and Android Auto. STARLINK Multimedia Plus (not that Starlink; Subaru’s infotainment system simply shares a name with Elon Musk’s Space Internet) is also standard on Sport and RS models, providing best-in-class digital services and connectivity. In short, I have put considerable effort into making the new Impreza a comfortable, practical 5-door family hatchback capable of competing with the sportiest competitors in its price range. We’ll have to wait until we get our hands on one to see if the actual result matches the goal.