5 reasons to love and hate the Subaru Impreza III
The first-generation Impreza of the 1992 model was built on a shortened platform of the Outback model, and received a wide range of atmospheric boxer engines (1.5, 1.6, 1.8 and 2.0 liters), which became the hallmark of the Subaru. Somewhat later, they were joined by a 2.5-liter unit, which migrated from under the bonnet of the older Outback model and was intended primarily for the American market. Together with them could work either a 4-speed automatic transmission or a 5-speed manual.
Impreza was produced in three body types: sedan (factory code GC) and hatchback station wagon (GF) and coupe (GM), and could be equipped with both front and all-wheel drive. Well, after that, Subaru engineers began one by one baking powerful sports versions with turbo engines, which ensured the brand’s position, reputation and name in the world of rally, as well as the appearance in the names of two magic abbreviations, World Rally eXperimental (WRX) Subaru Technica International).
Everything in the complex quickly led to the fact that the model, whose sales against the general background looked very modest in comparison with classmates, acquired its very loyal audience. In the year of the turn of the millennia, there was a change of generations of the Impreza. But it was rather an evolution and a deep restyling than a revolution: the model retained both the philosophy and the range of powertrains (from which the 1.8-liter EJ18-H4 dropped out), except that the Impreza was discontinued in the coupe: the GD sedan and GG wagon remained on the market . Finally, on April 2, 2007 at the auto show in New York, the premier of the third generation Impreza took place, which, in fact, will be discussed.
Such different modifications
Let us say at once: the turbocharged versions of the WRX and WRX STi were completely deliberately excluded from our attention, both in “combat” incarnations (with safety cages, sequential boxes and other attributes of beautiful sports life), and in “civilized” design, especially that these machines were built on a separate platform with a 38 mm extended track, which led to an increase in the body transverse dimension of 56 mm. We will only talk about the “ordinary” Subaru Impreza.
The birth of the third generation was marked by the fact that the body “universal”, well, or “hatchback-wagon” was replaced by a classic hatchback (factory code GH), and the GE sedan joined it a year later, in 2008. The bodies were fitted with side window glass with frames and, of course, lost some of the originality, but this change has significantly improved the situation with aerodynamic noise.
The car was still equipped only with boxer motors. Initially, their range was atmospheric EL15 (1.5 liters, 107 hp), EJ20 (2.0 liters, 150 hp) and EJ25 (2.5 liters 170 hp). In 2009, in Paris, for the first time, a Subaru Impreza version with an opposing turbo diesel EE20 rated at 150 hp was shown. and a maximum torque of 350 nM. Together with these engines could work well familiar to fans of the brand 4-speed automatic transmission and 5-speed “mechanics”.
This range allowed the brand to conduct a fairly flexible marketing policy. So, for example, only versions with 2.5-liter engines were delivered to the US market, and only cars with 1.5 and 2.0-liter engines were supplied to Russia, and initially only in the hatchback body. The car received a McPherson-type front suspension and a new rear suspension on dual A-arms, in addition, for the first time, the Subaru car was equipped with electronic stabilization systems.
A rationally designed body structure, symmetrical four-wheel drive and electronic systems enabled the Impreza to receive top safety ratings both during tests of the National Institute for Highway Safety of the USA and the Australian ANCAP. But in the course of the European tests on the EuroNCAP system, it was revealed that the car does not sufficiently protect the driver and passengers from whiplash injuries when they are hit in the back, for which the model lost one star.
In 2009, the model underwent a small face lift, which consisted mainly in changing the grille, and in 2010 the Impreza XV variant went on sale, which became the “transitional stage” before the appearance of the Subaru XV crossover, presented as a separate model. Impreza XV differed from the base model by increased by 30 mm ground clearance, thicker anti-roll bars, stiffer springs, shock absorbers and silent blocks, a body kit made of impact-resistant plastic and standard roof rails.
Production of the third generation Impreza continued until the next generation change, which occurred in 2011. In the secondary market, the car is in certain demand, and it can be purchased at prices ranging from 250 to 800 thousand rubles, which is certainly not so little for cars at that age and with mileage of about 100-200 thousand km.