Another week, another victim is claimed in the Philippine automotive industry, no thanks to the current global pandemic.
In the Subaru universe, the 2020 Subaru Impreza may not be seeing the light of day anytime soon.
Up In The Air
Alongside the postponed MIAS, the 2020 Subaru Impreza is also said to have been pushed down the order list due to a re-shuffling of the production schedules over at Subaru's Japanese plants. And even when after the Enhanced Community Quarantine is lifted in the future, expect the well-loaded locally-spec vehicle to not be readily available as the Japanese arm of the carmaker has already halted production until May 1, 2020.
Motor Image Pilipinas, on the other hand, has revealed that once Japan decides to ramp up the production of the Philippine spec variant, they would be making the 2020 Impreza available right on an "indent order" basis, akin to the strategy it employed to its Legacy executive sedan.
A Breath of New Upgrades
The revised 2020 Subaru Impreza is finally confirmed to receive speed-sensing door locks. The much-needed upgrade should delight most owners as they have long been lamenting on the said lacking feature for years. On paper, the door locks should fasten once the vehicle goes past 20 km/h.
The 2020 Subaru Impreza is en route to get aesthetic upgrades as well. For instance, new LED headlights are now in the fold, alongside a more modern front grille, front bumper, and fog lights. Likewise, new alloy wheels should also launch with the new vehicle. A new color is also said to debut with the compact car – Magnetite Gray.
Inside, the 2020 Subaru Impreza is set to boast de rigueur dash stitching, which will be all evident on its multi-function display, while a reasonably new, high-gloss paneling will surround the climate control panel.
A slew of safety features is also poised to grace the 2020 Subaru Impreza. Some of these perks include a front view monitor, a reverse-linked tilt-down passenger side mirror, and a rear seat remind feature, which should alert drivers to check the back seats before heading out from the vehicle.
The 2020 Subaru Impreza should be powered by the direct-injected FB20 engine, which produces 154 horsepower and 196 Nm of torque. Its accompanying sole transmission is the Lineartronic CVT, which purportedly comes with Subaru's SI-Drive system.
Motor Image Pilipinas confirmed that the 2020 Subaru Impreza would only be made available as a 4-door sedan in the country.
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