Friday, June 19, 2015
Subaru Quietly Returns Impreza 2.0i-S to Philippine Market
Aside from offering free car wash at selected establishments over Father’s Day weekend, Subaru has another surprise for Subaru fans in the country: the return of the Impreza 2.0i-S to the line-up.
After its demise a year ago in favor of the cheaper but equally barer 2.0i, the 2015 Impreza 2.0i-S is back and sports more features at a slightly reduced price. You can tell the 2015 2.0i-S apart from its pre-facelifted brethren by its revised front-end that features a chrome accent just on top of its front fog lamps. Of course, the front bumper has been re-shaped for this. Other changes include a new mesh grille along with a lip-type rear spoiler. Of course, it still runs on 205/50R17 tires and comes with side skirts.
Inside, the 2015 Impreza 2.0i-S gets revised gauges with a LCD multi-information display sandwiched between the large speedometer and tachometer. It looks similar to the ones equipped in the WRX and STI although has a blue-and-white color scheme as opposed to the sportier model’s red and white scheme. Also new is the center-mounted multi-information display (again shared with the 2015 Forester/WRX/WRX STI) and a new touch screen audio system. The new touch screen audio system incorporates the display for the rear back-up camera. It also gets a push button engine start/stop and a passive keyless entry system. Like the previous 2.0i-S, the 2015 model gets automatic climate control as well as leather seats as standard equipment. It does lose the moonroof this time around.
The loss of the moonroof is reflected in its more affordable price point. From P 1,298,000, the 2015 Impreza 2.0i-S now retails for P 1,268,000 or a savings of P 30,000 from before. Of course, fans of the more affordable 2.0i can still available of it at P 1,128,000.