Subaru introduces 2011 Impreza WRX models with new wide-body designs and
enhanced handling performance

    -  New WRX 4-Door and 5-Door Models Adopt WRX STI Wide-Body Design
    -  Wider Track and Tires Enhance Grip
    -  New Audio Systems with Bluetooth and iPod/USB Integration

TORONTO, Aug. 16 /CNW/ - Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is pleased to introduce the new 2011 Impreza WRX models, which now share the wide-body design with the brand's iconic WRX STI(R) performance flagship model, including the new-for-2011 wide-body WRX STI 4-door sedan.

The wider body designs give the 2011 WRX an aggressive road presence and also allow wider track dimensions. In addition, firmer rear subframe bushings and wider 17-inch wheels and tires deliver improved grip in the 2011 WRX.

"The new wide-body designs for the 2011 WRX give this performance icon a new level of street presence," said Shiro Ohta, chairman, president and CEO of Subaru Canada. "This is one more step on the continuous evolution of the WRX to give driving enthusiasts an even more compelling all-wheel drive performance package."

The 2011 Impreza WRX models arrive in Subaru dealerships this summer. Both the 4-door and 5-door are powered by a 265-horsepower turbocharged/intercooled 2.5-litre Subaru Boxer engine teamed with a 5-speed manual transmission. The highly responsive engine produces 244 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,000 rpm. The WRX has been the focus of continuous improvement since its introduction. Most recently, the 2009 model received the 265-horsepower engine and significant suspension tuning upgrades.

New Designs for 2011

The WRX will now share the WRX STI wide body design, including the newly developed 4-door version, for 2011. This change underscores the high-performance character of these models versus the standard Impreza model line. Significantly, curb weight for the 2011 WRX models increases by just 15.5 kilogram (34 pounds) over the "original body" 2010 models, preserving their powerful acceleration performance.

The WRX 4-door design is based on a "wide and low" concept that gives the car an aggressive road presence. Like the wide-body design already used for the 5-door WRX STI, the WRX features wider fenders that are stretched wider than the tail lamps, which accentuates a look of stability.

In front, the 2011 WRX models feature sharpened bumper corners to accentuate the "wide and low" profile. A jutting lip spoiler with three-dimensional detailing emphasizes the cars' sporty intent. The newly designed front grille with black base and blacked-out Subaru wing highlights the headlights' shape to give the entire front end a more powerful appearance, accentuated by larger grille and bumper intake openings. The WRX also features its own version of Subaru's polished stainless steel quad-tailpipe exhaust, with larger tailpipe.

Wider Track Enhances Handling

Giving the 2011 WRX the same widened body designs as the WRX STI allowed Subaru to also widen track dimensions and install wider wheels and tires than on the 2010 model. These changes, along with firmer rear subframe bushings, help to reduce body roll and improve cornering stability.

In the 2011 WRX models, front track measures 1530 mm (60.2 in.) vs. 1495 mm (58.9 in.) for the 2010 WRX; rear track is now 1540 mm (60.6 in.) vs. 1500 mm (59.1 in.) for the 2010 model. The standard wheels are now 17 x 8 in. vs. 17 x 7 in. in the 2010 model, and tire size is now 235/45R17 vs. 225/45R17.

Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Vehicle Dynamics Control

Standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, which forms the common core technology on all Subaru models, gives the Impreza WRX a significant handling/performance advantage over front-wheel drive competitors. Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is a complete system comprised of the Subaru Boxer engine and the full-time power distribution system (which varies by Subaru model and transmission). The aluminum Subaru Boxer engine and efficient, symmetrical drivetrain layout help to lower the car's centre of gravity, which in turn contributes to its sporty handling characteristics.

The 2011 Impreza WRX uses a viscous coupling locking centre differential to distribute torque 50:50, regardless of conditions. Subaru's Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) stability and traction control system is standard. Hill Holder, featured on all Impreza models equipped with a manual transmission, can momentarily prevent the vehicle from rolling backward when being driven away from a stop on an incline.

It is important to note that, in Subaru vehicles, traction control plays a second line of defence against wheel slip after AWD torque distribution. In contrast, some All-Wheel Drive systems on the market lack the performance advantage of a locking centre differential and rely solely on traction control to redistribute torque away from slipping wheels.

Sporty, Spacious and Versatile Interior

In the WRX models, Anthracite Black Cloth upholstery accented by red stitching sets the tone for the sporty interior. All WRX models are equipped with standard aluminum-alloy pedal covers and driver's footrest. Performance-design front seats integrate the backrest and head restraint into a single structure. As a sporty accent, the instrument panel electroluminescent gauges use indicator needles that sweep the gauge faces upon engine startup. Steering wheel controls for the audio system cruise control and Bluetooth(R) are standard for all 2011 Impreza WRX models. The WRX Limited models feature a standard power moonroof and leather-trimmed upholstery.

New for 2011, an Advanced AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA audio system and six upgraded speakers is standard. This system also includes a MediaHub for iPod(R)/USB audio integration with Bluetooth(R) streaming audio; and a voice-activated Bluetooth(R) hands-free system. SIRIUS Satellite Radio capability is standard. SIRIUS Satellite Radio with three-month trial subscription is included with the Limited Package.

The compact layout of the double-wishbone rear suspension helps to minimize intrusion into the cargo area, providing a wide and deep luggage compartment. In the 5-door, the wide and flat load floor can accommodate two Tour-size golf bags with the rear seat backs in the upright position. In the 4-door, which is 165 mm (6.5 in.) longer than the 5-door, the trunk can accommodate three Tour-size golf bags. A 60/40-split folding rear seat further boosts cargo capacity and convenience, and the 4-door also features a rear seat fold-down centre armrest.

Proven Subaru Safety Technology

The Impreza models are built around the advanced Ring Shaped Reinforcement Frame body structure with front and rear crumple zones, proven in Subaru models for over a decade to provide outstanding crash protection. All Impreza models feature a 4-wheel disc Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. The WRX has larger front brakes than Impreza 2.5i models. Brake Assist analyzes the force and stroke on the brake pedal and increases hydraulic boost to provide enhanced emergency braking, also activating the ABS system early if needed.

All seats provide 3-point seatbelts (height-adjustable for outboard front seat positions), and the front seatbelts have electrically triggered pre-tensioners and force limiters. Front seat-mounted side airbags and side-curtain airbags are standard on all Subaru models. The Subaru Advanced Frontal Airbag System (SRS) features a passenger side front seat sensor module that detects weight-first determining if the seat is occupied, and if so by a child or adult-to control airbag deployment. As part of the system, the dashboard features an Airbag indicator light.

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SOURCE Subaru Canada Inc.

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