Subaru’s Japanese division has introduced the Impreza Sport Hybrid which represents the company’s second hybrid production model after the XV Crosstrek Hybrid. It looks slightly different than the conventional-powered model thanks to a more aggressive front fascia, bespoke 17-inch wheels with 215/50 R17 tires, LED taillights, a roof-mounted spoiler along with a bunch of tweaks inside the cabin like a metallic trim, piano black panels, blue accents and Ultrasuede seats on the more expensive S model. More importantly, Subaru says the model will do 2.04 km / l in the JC08 cycle, thus making it one of the most economical models sold in Japan.
The 2015 Impreza Sport Hybrid (JDM-spec) is powered by a horizontally-opposed 2.0-liter four-cylinder DOHC engine teamed up with an electric motor and a high-voltage battery. The power generated by the hybrid system is channeled through a continuously variable transmission (CVT) to an all-wheel drive arrangement.
Subaru will offer the model in various paint schemes such as venetian red pearl, crystal white pearl, quartz blue, deep sea-blue pearl, ice silver metallic and crystal silica. They plan on selling approximately 500 units each year, with pricing for the base model kicking off at 2,505,600 yen whereas the S version is 2,635,200 yen and both will be available on order starting July 10.