New-Look Impreza Now On Sale - Styled With A Purpose | Part Two

  • Aggressive yet more aerodynamic new front styling
  • Power boost for WRX – now 225 PS
  • Higher top speeds for all models
  • Fuel economy boost for all models by as much as 5.8 mpg
  • Lower exhaust emissions for all models
  • Improved engine cooling for 265 PS STi Type-UK
  • New dampers and steering for WRX and GX Sport for even better handling
  • STi gains more rigid front suspension, sharper steering
  • Safety boost includes active front head-restraints, ISOFIX rear child seat mounts, impact-absorbing brake pedal and pedestrian-friendly wipers and bonnet
  • Other safety initiatives include electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) and dual-stage passenger airbag
  • Deadlocks and shielded door locks now fitted
  • Lower prices – WRX now £19,995 on-the-road – down by £1,500
  • STi prices down by £2,500 at £24,995 on-the-road
Styled With A Purpose

The facelift is shared with the 2003 World Rally Car which will benefit from a similar reduction in drag coefficient and improved high-speed stability.

Unlike some WRC competitors, Subaru has always striven to ensure its road cars inherit the technical and design DNA of its rally machines.

Key design changes include a new front bumper, spoiler, bonnet, wings and 3-dimensional headlamps. In addition, circular lamps are inlaid in the main headlamp units themselves which have a striking curved dip to their inner edges.

A strong flowing character-line sweeps from the lower edge of the circular headlamps and runs over the more steeply sloping bonnet to the windscreen. The top edge of the bumper is rounded, giving a sleeker look with improved airflow.

The front wings now have a muscle-bound appearance and this menacing presence is complemented by larger air-intakes both above and below the number plate.

In order to improve cooling performance, both the WRX and WRX STi Type-UK have larger bonnet air scoops – the former heightened by 20 mm and the latter by 30 mm.

At the rear, all models have new bumpers and light units with a curved dip to their inner edges – similar to the headlamps – to enhance design integration.

The WRX STi gains a larger high-rise rear spoiler – previously only available on the Prodrive Style version – front corner spoilers and new side sill spoilers. These all contribute to improved high-speed stability. Meanwhile, a larger bonnet air intake enhances intercooler performance.

The drag coefficient for all saloons is now 0.33 Cd with the GX Sport 5-door recording 0.34 Cd and the WRX 5-door 0.37 Cd.

continues... | Part Three
Published 5 January 2003 Melanie Carter

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