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#1 of 74 Changes for 2009 Impreza?
Jul 02, 2008 (8:50 am)
Does anyone know the changes for the 2009 Impreza? How about colors? For 2008, on the non-WRX models, if you wanted to stay away from the beige interior you were only left with only silver, gray or black exterior colors.
#2 of 74 Re: Changes for 2009 Impreza? [exit123]
Jul 02, 2008 (9:45 am)
No news yet. We're about a month and half away is my guess for any info.
#4 of 74 Re: Changes for 2009 Impreza? [rsholland]
Jul 10, 2008 (9:40 am)
Not sure if you read the "Dealership Told Me" thread on nasioc but "Jon In CT" recently hinted that news would be available on July 30th and that there would be some significant changes (at least for the WRX). Not saying you're wrong... just hoping he's right
#5 of 74 Re: Changes for 2009 Impreza? [option01]
Jul 10, 2008 (9:56 am)
Yeah I saw that. I also heard last night that the media may be getting test examples in about 3 weeks, which more or less coincides with Jon's posting. Now whether there will be a news embargo or not, I don't know.
I still don't think you'll see cars on dealer lots much before the end of August.
Jul 10, 2008 (10:41 am)
Cool, I have no problem waiting to buy. I'm just excited to know what changes are on the way. The fact that Subaru is sending test models to the media further confirms that there are significant updates.
Do you know what is in store for the 09 WRX? (I know you can't give details if you do but I was just wondering since you apparently have some level of insider access).
#7 of 74 Re: [option01]
Jul 10, 2008 (11:21 am)
I know a few things, but not everything. I think you'll be happy, as a number of criticisms of the '08 model have been addressed.
Jul 10, 2008 (11:39 am)
Thanks Bob! It's nice to know that Subaru is listening and responsive. Now I just have to stop trying to predict the changes/updates and just be patient. (but it's hard )
#9 of 74 Re: [option01]
Aug 01, 2008 (10:49 am)
News article on 2009 WRX/Impreza model line changes:
Subaru has given the redesigned-for-2008 Impreza WRX a healthy boost in power for 2009, up from 224 to 265 hp. Besides the bigger turbocharger, the folks at Subaru also retuned the suspension and made summer performance tires standard, rather than the all-seasons it had for 2008. It only comes with a five-speed manual transmission.
That’s really all the change you need to know about for the WRX; the car itself was completely redesigned last year. The move is to allow the WRX to better compete with Mitsubishi’s upcoming Lancer Ralliart.
There’s also a new Impreza trim level being added that keeps the outgoing WRX’s power plant. It’s called the Impreza 2.5 GT. It will come only with an automatic transmission.
One major addition to the entire Impreza lineup for 2009 is stability control, which will now be standard. That means the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick designation for the car will now apply to all models. More photos below.
Update: And yes, a power moonroof is now part of the Premium option package. That package is standard on the new 2.5 GT model. No pricing has been announced yet.
Update 2: The WRX and 2.5GT will go on sale September 1.
#10 of 74 Re: [javert_123]
Aug 02, 2008 (12:21 pm)
That is great news on ESC being standard on the Impreza for 2009. IMO that, along with the Impreza's crash safety and AWD, makes it the safest small car on the road. Any idea when the 2009 2.5i will be available?