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Subaru is set to re-introduce a four-door Impreza to the UK; unpopular five-door hatch may be axed
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17 September 2010

Subaru will launch a four-door Impreza WRX STI in the UK later this year.

First seen at the New York motor show in the spring, the saloon is designed to reverse poor demand for the cult performance classic, which switched to a five-door hatchback body style in 2007.

See pics of the four-door Impreza STi from the New York show

The saloon’s imminent arrival casts doubt over the future of the hatchback, a car that hasn’t been imported as new into the UK since the 2008 model year.

At the car’s launch, Subaru America chief operating officer Tom Doll said the saloon “will expand the appeal of the iconic performance model” and its introduction was driven by “strong, loyal and vocal support from thousands of enthusiastic owners”.

Read Autocar's first drive of the Cosworth Impreza STI CS400

The Impreza saloon has undergone extensive development work at the Nürburgring and has significant suspension upgrades for the 2011 model.

Subaru describes it as the “best-handling WRX STI ever”; changes include a lower ride height, stiffer bushes, higher-rate springs and thicker front and rear anti-roll bars. New, lightweight 18-inch alloy wheels feature alongside upgraded Brembo brakes.

Read Autocar's road test of the current 5dr Subaru Impreza WRX STI

Styling changes at the front include sharper creasing on the bumper, a new grille, a new lip spoiler and a new headlight design. Wider wheel arches also feature, as does a new rear bumper design.

Power comes from a 301bhp version of Subaru’s turbocharged 2.5-litre flat four engine, which sends power to all four wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox. Three driving modes are offered that change driving characteristics: Intelligent, Sport and Sport Sharp.

A Subaru insider wouldn’t be drawn on whether the five-door Impreza STi would now be axed.

Mark Tisshaw

Read more on Suabru's plans to bring back the 4dr Impreza WRX STI saloonSee all the latest Subaru reviews, news and video

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a winding road 22 September 2010

Re: Impreza WRX STI saloon to return

73henny wrote:
No comment Autocar?

Umm, I think they have better things to do like have a life :-D


73henny 18 September 2010

Re: Impreza WRX STI saloon to return

73henny wrote:

Autocar wrote:
Subaru will launch a four-door Impreza WRX STI in the UK later this year.

Good god. Autocar are way behind the times. This has been common knowledge for ages. The cars are already here in this country. Proof;

http://www.sandsservices.co.uk/

Wake up Autocar.

No comment Autocar?

73henny 18 September 2010

Re: Impreza WRX STI saloon to return

aero750 wrote:
Symanski wrote:
However, the Subaru dealer was best car dealership I've ever dealt with. A small family run dealership in Ayr, Scotland
Hey, i live 17 miles from that dealership. Such a small world eh?

I've bought two new cars from them in the last two years. Wouldn't go anywhere else - service second to none

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