All-new Subaru Impreza to make European debut at Frankfurt Motor Show

It’s the second model in Europe to feature Subaru’s new Global Platform

It took Subaru more than a year to bring the all-new Impreza to Europe, following its world debut at the New York Auto Show in March 2016.

The fifth-generation model will finally make its European debut on September 12 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with sales to begin before the end of the year. The new Impreza is the second model in Europe after the XV to feature Subaru's new global platform. Available in sedan and hatchback body styles in the U.S., the new Impreza will debut as a five-door hatch in Europe.

As before, the Impreza will offer a unique combination of a Boxer engine and Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive system, but the latest generation model has a 5-mm lower center of gravity. As a result, the Impreza delivers "superior handling and stability, improved hazard avoidance performance, more responsive steering, exceptionally low vibrations and driving comfort," according to Subaru.

While there are no official details yet about the powertrain of the Euro-spec model, it is likely to feature the same engine as in the U.S., 152-hp 2.0-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine with direct injection, mated to either a five-speed manual or a Lineartronic CVT. We'll have to wait until September to learn if other units will also be available.

The Subaru Impreza will offer the EyeSight driver assist technology as standard equipment, which means it packs systems such as Pre-Collision Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist, and more.

Europe has traditionally accounted for about 10 percent of Impreza global sales.