• The revised 2024 Subaru Impreza makes its Canadian debut at the 2023 Montreal Auto Show.
• Highlights of the sixth-generation Impreza include a new RS version and a bigger engine.
• The all-electric Subaru Solterra SUV is also present at the brand’s booth at the Montreal Auto Show.
We first saw it at the Los Angeles Auto Show last November, but now Subaru is at the 2023 Montreal Auto Show to give the 2024 Subaru Impreza its official Canadian christening. So show visitors this week and next they’ll get to see the next modified version of the Impreza, including the new RS variant you see here.
The 2024 Subaru Impreza will only be available in hatchback form, and the offer is reduced to just four versions. In addition to the RS model, there is the Canadian-only Sport-Tech version, as well as the entry-level Convenience variant and the Touring version.
Cosmetic changes to the model for its next generation are slight, but not non-existent. The 2024 Impreza gets a larger grille and a slightly sportier, more aggressive stance, thanks in part to slimmer headlights. The attachment points for the roof bars are now installed. The car will also be available in two new colors.
The cabin has also been revised (bringing back the dashboard of the latest Legacy and Outback models) and enriched with more comfortable seats and, you guessed it, new and improved technologies.
Subaru gave the Impreza torque active all-wheel drive and an upgraded suspension system for 2024, along with a tweaked version of the WRX’s steering system. Subaru claims the chassis is also 10% stiffer.
This ‘new’ RS edition – many will remember the RS models from the Impreza range of years past – brings the same improvements as before, with increased power and performance levels across the board. The RS (and the Sport-Tech model) carries over the Legacy sedan’s 2.5-liter flat-4 engine, which makes 182 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque, but no model in the lineup offers a manual transmission. The CVT box is the only possible option.
The RS gets bigger brakes and 18-inch alloy wheels, and of course it’s finished off with RS badging, carbon fiber detailing on the exterior and contrasting red stitching, alloy pedals and a black interior lining. LED headlights are updated and a premium Harmon-Kardon sound system has been added to the interior.
The other variants of the 2024 Impreza are entitled to the 2.0-liter engine, which generates up to 152 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. Subaru has also increased the size of the gas tank, which can now hold 63 liters, compared to the previous 50.
The Impreza now comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration and a wireless charging pad, as well as an option to increase the touchscreen size to 11.2 inches. Now included are the new fourth-generation EyeSight system and the DriverFocus system. The latter aims to control the level of attention of drivers by keeping a special eye on their eyes.
We can expect more news on the price and release date of the 2024 Subaru Impreza in the coming months.
Note that Subaru also brought its new Solterra electric SUV to the 2023 Montreal Auto Show.