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MIA: 2012 Impreza Postponed Until December

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On: Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 11:19AM | By: Chris Salamone


MIA: 2012 Impreza Postponed Until December

What was once promised for Fall 2011 will now arrive in December. Subaru has recently decided to delay our much anticipated purchases of the all-new 2012 Impreza in favor of an extra few months of anxiety-inducing drama. Although the company has not released any particular cause(s), we can rule out a change in the product line. The most fuel-efficient all-wheel drive car in America should still have all the same tantalizing stats released back during Summer 2011.

As a refresher, the 2012 Subaru Impreza looks to manage 36 miles per gallon on the highway while offering a top-notch AWD system and an MSRP starting at a wallet-friendly $17,495. While full specs of the Impreza have remained in the dark since the vehicle’s formal announcement of production, Subaru has decided to grace us with the following spec chart and a future assurance that a full scale ‘Build My Own’ section—allowing features, trim, and pricing analysis—will be available shortly.

In addition to fancy schmancy specs, the new Impreza offers one very important advantage over the previous model: weight loss. Per Motor Trend, “at just under 2950 pounds, the new Impreza 2.0i weighs 164 pounds less than the outgoing model, thanks to such improvements as redesigned seat frames, a smaller gas tank, and a switch to electric power steering… Faster, lighter, and with better fuel economy? Consider us Imprezed.”

We’re talking about a vehicle which is lighter, offers more interior storage space, quickness, better handling (thanks in part to a longer wheelbase), significantly improved fuel economy, enhanced safety, and an updated eye-catching design. All of a sudden December seems like a far cry from today.

In the past few years most major auto brands, from Ford to Nissan, have shifted their product development goals toward making more efficient, reasonably practical cars. As the new Impreza enters the sub-$20,000 arena, how will this latest Subie stack up against the competition which currently lacks AWD, equally voluminous interior dimensions, and a nameplate synonymous with pride of ownership? Just like all new vehicle launches, time will tell. But, ask yourself one question: if you had to choose between a similarly priced front-wheel drive Honda Fit and an AWD Subaru Impreza, which way would you lean?




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dwalter | 11:24AM (Mon, Nov 7, 2011)

For the same price and similar MPG, I'll take the AWD Subie


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Stephy21 | 10:21AM (Tue, Nov 8, 2011)

I would defiantly lean toward an AWD Subie. I think that AWD cars are better, they handle a lot better in my opinion.



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