|The 2017 Subaru Impreza models get more power and increase in size.|
And like just about every new car out there, the Impreza is getting larger. The wheelbase is going up to 105.1 inches (1-inch longer than the current model), and both the sedan and five-door are 1.6-inches longer and 1.5-inches wider than the 2017 models. This puts the '17 Impreza at 182.1 inches in length. This begs the question: Is there room for a car to slot under the Impreza?
We all know that gas prices are low right now so most manufacturers aren't placing a priority on small cars. But let's pretend Subaru does, in fact, decide it wants to slot something under the Impreza. What would it be?
Looking at the company's existing lineup from other parts of the world, the only vehicle that'd be plausible to import and federalize would be the subcompact Trezia, although it is already long in the tooth. Still on sale in Japan, it was sold in Europe from 2012–2014.
The Trezia is not a "real" Subaru, if you will. It's a rebadged Toyota Ractics. But at just 157 inches in length and possessing a 100-inch wheel base, it's only 2-inches longer than a Toyota Yaris. It does feature the Toyota 1NZ-FE engine, is available with AWD, and could be a great option for those looking for something about the size of a Honda Fit or Nissan Versa Note, but want AWD. But at its age (the Ractis first appeared in 2010), it's unlikely this version would show up in North America.
|The Toyota Porte comes in AWD, but might be too weird and small for the Subaru badge, and the North American market.|
But let's face it: Subaru already sells a healthy amount of Impreza and Crosstrek models (155,712 units in 2015), and they probably don't have a need to go any smaller than those cars—at least not at this point. After all, why move into segment with low margins if the Impreza is already doing well?
I would be first in line for a smaller, AWD Subaru (with a manual transmission, of course). Maybe a new Justy? But until gas prices spike up again, I think the Impreza—ever-growing or not—will be Subaru's smallest offering.