Subaru Impreza gets MY20 update

New look inside and out, along with equipment enhancements.

Subaru has given its small sedan and hatch, the Impreza, a freshen up for model year 2020.

And the company had the newcomer on display at a Sydney event for motoring media to launch the new hybrid versions of Forester and XV.

The four specifications in the range in both sedan and hatch body styles carry over, with modest price rises over the previous model that are offset by extra new features.

MY20 Impreza manufacturer's list price:

Grade  Sedan  Price change Hatch   Price change
 2.0i  $23,740  +$150  $23,940  +$150
 2.0i-L  $25,860  +$170  $26,060  +$170
 2.0i-Premium  $28,390  +$900  $28,590  +$900
 2.0i-S  $31,160  +$650  $31,360  +$650

Externally there’s a fresh face and all variants sport a re-profiled grille, front bumper and front fog light design, new-design alloy wheels, and there’s a new paint colour available, Magnetite Grey metallic.

All hatch models also score smoked-finish rear combination lamps.

Cosmetic changes inside include updated door trim surround materials in all models except the entry-level 2.0i.

Updated premium cloth trim also features on 2.0i-L and 2.0i Premium models while the top-spec 2.0i-S now has a piano black air-conditioning controls surround.

Enhancements to equipment include automatic door locking on all versions, plus a host of additional safety features – blind-spot monitor, lane-change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, reverse automatic braking, and front-view monitor have been added to Premium models.

There are additions to the standard features list for 2.0i-S too – tick off updated LED headlight design, auto power-folding mirrors, auto-dip passenger side mirror, front-view monitor, side-view monitor, and memory driver’s seat.

The addition of dual-mode SI drive on all MY 20 Impreza models allows drivers to choose via steering wheel controls between the more fuel-efficient Intelligent mode or the sportier and more responsive performance of Sport mode. 

The previous 115kW 2.0-litre petrol Boxer engine, driving through the brand’s Lineartronic CVT auto to all wheels carries over to the MY20 model.

Subaru’s chassis engineers have also been busy revising the suspension and steering for a better-quality ride, improved steering response and greater handling agility.

MY20 Subaru Impreza interior

Refreshed Impreza retains a five-star (2016) ANCAP rating for occupant safety.

We look forward to driving the updated model in the coming months.

In other brand news, expect to see Subaru dealerships get a makeover that breaks with the traditional style showroom replacing it with a more customer-centric, inviting and friendly layout. 

A new Sports Forester model is also on the way with design, interior and suspension enhancements but, sadly, it appears a high-performance engine won’t be a part of the package.Subaru has given its small sedan and hatch, the Impreza, a freshen up for model year 2020.