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2024 Subaru Impreza Adds New RS Model and Will Be Hatchback Only

  • Subaru has unveiled the sixth generation Impreza with updated styling and changes to the lineup.
  • A new RS model with the 182 hp 2.5-liter engine from the Crosstrek is added, mirroring the 2.5RS model first introduced in 1998.
  • Subaru ditches the sedan and sells the Impreza only as a hatchback. The 2024 Impreza will hit many dealerships in the spring.

The Subaru Impreza enters its sixth generation with a slimmed-down lineup that pivots in its focus, dropping the Premium and Limited models and adding a new, more powerful RS trim that joins the base version and the Sport. The RS receives the 182-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine found in the Crosstrek, giving it an additional 30 horsepower and 33 pound-feet of torque compared to the other Impreza models.

The 2024 Impreza’s styling updates the same familiar design. The grille stretches longer and swaps chrome trim for a more muted black piece. More pronounced rear wheel arches give a slightly sportier look. Also at the back, the taillights have been refreshed with a design that doesn’t protrude as much into the tailgate. The RS model also gets an RS badge to mark its importance.

New features, hatch only

When the third-generation WRX made its debut last year, Subaru announced that the WRX would only be offered as a sedan. Now the company has chosen to make the sixth-generation Impreza exclusively a hatchback, further differentiating the two models. It’s a move that makes logical sense; in 2022, a spokesperson said Car and Driverthe hatchback accounted for 73 percent of Impreza sales.

Subaru has updated its EyeSight driver assistance technology for the Impreza so that it now recognizes cyclists and pedestrians more quickly, as well as widens the field of vision. The new Impreza grabs added comfort with reduced cabin noise and front seats that are said to be more supportive. Subaru brings its 11.6-inch vertical center fender to the Impreza, bringing the car in line with the rest of the lineup. Previously, the largest infotainment screen available on the Impreza was 8.0 inches.

No manual option

The Base and Sport trim levels return with the same 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine that again produces 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. Subaru ditches the five-speed manual transmission, leaving only the CVT. Normally we’d bemoan the passing of a manual transmission, but the five-speed was so imprecise that it won’t be missed. The Sport and RS trims will receive paddle shifters and a simulated “manual mode” that allows drivers to select eight preset ratios. All-wheel drive is standard and has been upgraded with a new active torque vectoring system. The car also receives a version of the WRX’s dual-gear electronic steering rack, which should improve steering feel, and Subaru also claims the 2024 Impreza has 10 percent more structural rigidity thanks to a redesigned, lighter subframe.

A return of the RS

It’s a welcome move that Subaru is bringing back the RS badge and bringing the Crosstrek’s 182hp 2.5-liter engine to the Impreza. In our testing, that engine accelerated the Crosstrek to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds, while the Impreza with its 152-hp 2.0-liter takes just nine seconds to reach 60 mph.

Aside from more power, the RS gets a few styling changes to help differentiate it from the lesser trims. RS badging can be found on the front doors and tailgate. The RS swaps out body-colored door mirrors and rocker panel moldings for black replacements. The interior features simulated carbon and gunmetal trim pieces. The front seats are finished in black cloth with red reinforcement, while the steering wheel and shifter get an upgraded leather trim. The carpeted floor mats have the RS logo.

It’s certainly no thrill-seeking hot hatch yet, but thankfully Subaru has added a little more pep to its step. Subaru hasn’t given any pricing details yet, but the 2023 model starts at $20,815 and we expect the newer vehicle to see a small increase from that. According to Subaru, the 2024 Impreza will go on sale from spring.

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