EyeSight Driver Assist
Newly introduced to the 2015 Impreza is the EyeSight Driver Assist offer, which is already available with the Legacy, Outback and Forester models.
The EyeSight Driver Assist system uses Subaru-developed stereo camera technology and integrates Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking and Vehicle Lane Departure Warning. It is available within a package which combines the Navigation, Moonroof, Keyless Access & Start, for $2,795.
Models equipped with the EyeSight Driver Assist Technology (2.0i Limited 4-door and 2.0i Sport Limited) also come with new Steering- Responsive Fog Lights, a feature which works only when the fog lights are turned off, activating the left or right fog light independently, depending on vehicle speed and steering angle, in the direction of the turn.
At the front, the new bumper, grille and headlights give the 2015 Impreza a closer kinship to the all-new 2015 Legacy. A new exterior mirror and a low-profile trunk spoiler on 4-door models enhance aerodynamics, while on Limited, Sport Premium and Sport Limited trims, the exterior mirrors feature integrated turn signals. The sedans also feature LEDs (light emitting diodes) for the center high mounted stoplight.
Subaru indicates that the new enhancement include measures to make the ride quieter, with additional sound deadening and thicker side glass windows for improved sealing. Hydraulic engine mounts on models with the continuously variable transmission (CVT) to dampen vibration, with pillow ball bushings in the double-wishbone rear suspension for ride comfort, straight-line stability and handling agility.
Built on a 104.1-inch (2,644mm) wheelbase, the rear seat passengers have 35.4 inches (899mm) of legroom. Five-door models provide 22.5 cu. ft. (637 liters) of space behind the rear seat that expands to 52.4 cu. ft. (1.48 cu. meter) with the standard 60/40 split rear seatbacks folded to create a flat load floor.
The Limited and Sport Limited trims have new “welcome” lighting, an upgraded instrument cluster with center-mounted LCD color display and a steering wheel mounted control switch. Keyless Access with Push-Button Start system and PIN code access are new options on the 4-door Limited and Sport Limited.
The base 2.0i model gains standard cruise control and a touch-screen infotainment system, and all trims now have a standard Rear Vision Camera.
All Impreza models (U.S. specs) are powered by the 2.0-liter 4-cyl. boxer (flat) engine producing 148hp / 6,200 rpm and 145 lb.-ft. (196 Nm, 20 kg-m) of peak torque / 4,200 rpm, with a long-stroke configuration (84mm bore and 90mm stroke) for better low and mid-range torque. The camshafts are chain driven, with Dual Active Valve Control System (AVCS) variable valve timing.
The 2015 Impreza is available with the 5-speed manual transmission (standard in the base 2.0i and the Sport Premium trims) or the lighter, more compact second-generation version of the Lineartronic CVT that is now also offered in all 2015 Subaru models except the BRZ sports car.
Standard now with the Premium and Limited trims, the Lineartronic CVT has been tuned for a more natural stepped shift pattern. All Impreza models with the CVT, except the base 2.0i, feature a 6-speed manual mode with steering wheel paddle shifters. In the base 2.0 models with the CVT, a driver-selectable Low shift mode can provide additional engine braking when traveling down a grade.
To help prevent the vehicle from rolling back when moving away from a stop on an incline, all Impreza models (5-speed and CVT) feature Incline Start Assist.
While all Impreza models get a standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system, models equipped with the 5-speed manual transmission have a Continuous AWD system with a viscous-coupling locking center differential to distribute torque a nominal 50:50 front to rear. Slippage at either the front or rear wheels will cause the system to send more torque to the opposite wheels.
Models equipped with the Lineartronic CVT use Active Torque Split AWD, with an electronically managed continuously variable transfer clutch controls power distribution in response to driver input, driving conditions and wheel slippage.
Measures to boost fuel efficiency include the electric power assist steering (with a quicker ratio for 2015), low rolling resistance tires and an ECO gauge in the instrument panel to encourage economical driving. Subaru announces EPA estimated ratings of up to 28 U.S. mpg city / 37 mpg highway and 31 mpg combined for models with the Lineartronic CVT.
All models gets a standard 4-wheel disc Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (boosts hydraulic pressure in emergency braking), Brake Override system (engine power is cut when both the brake and accelerator are pressed simultaneously), and Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC).
Passive safety features include a driver’s knee airbag, front side pelvis/torso airbags and side curtain airbags with front and rear outboard seat coverage. The passenger-seat front airbag features a shell-type design with a center groove to reduce the impact force upon deployment.
Other standard equipment includes a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, Rear Vision Camera, cruise control, power windows, door locks and side mirrors, 60/40-split fold-down rear seat backs, outside temperature gauge, a multi-function display with fuel economy information, steering wheel audio and Bluetooth control switches, remote keyless entry system, security system with engine immobilizer, variable intermittent windshield wipers with a low windshield washer fluid warning light, and carpeted floor mats.
The 2015 Impreza 2.0i Premium (4-door from $20,995 and 5-door from $21,495) adds standard 16-inch alloy wheels, a rear suspension stabilizer bar, the Lineartronic CVT, All-Weather Package (2-stage heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors and a windshield wiper de-icer). The Impreza Premium sedan version offers an Alloy Wheel Package which adds to the 17-inch alloy wheels, a power moonroof, fog lights and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with silver stitching, plus other trim upgrades.
The 5-door model 2015 Impreza 2.0i Sport Premium (from $20,995 with 5-speed manual and $21,995 with the CVT) comes with standard body-color rocker panel spoilers, 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, turn-signal mirrors, roof rails, unique seat fabric and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. A power moonroof is available as a stand-alone option ($1,000).
At the top, the Limited (sedan from $22,295 and 5-door from $22,295) and Sport Limited (only 5-door, from $23,295) trims bring standard leather seating, new upgraded infotainment system, a color LCD in the gauge cluster, Welcome Lighting and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with silver stitching, turn signal exterior mirrors and additional exterior chrome trim.
The new standard 6.2 infotainment system in the Impreza 2.0i has a 6.2-in. multi-function touch screen display with single-touch gesture control, which also transmits the image from the newly standard Rear Vision Camera.
The system integrates AM/FM stereo and HD Radio, Radio Data Broadcast System, single-disc in-dash CD player, Subaru Starlink smartphone integration with Aha Infotainment, Pandora and iHeart Radio, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming, iPod control capability and iTunes tagging capability, a USB port, aux. input jack and four speakers. The Impreza 2.0i Premium features the same system, but with six speakers.
The upgrade infotainment system (standard for the Impreza 2.0i Limited trims) works through 7-inch touch screen display with multi-touch control that offers swipe and scrolling gesture control. This system offers six-speaker audio and all of the features of the base system plus voice-activated controls, SiriusXM Satellite Radio (subscription required), a vehicle information display, SMS text messaging, iTunes tagging capability and dual USB ports.
Optional for the 4-door Limited and Sport Limited trims, the top infotainment system adds a navigation system that can be controlled with voice commands. This option includes information content with SiriusXM NavTraffic and NavWeather services (subscriptions required).