Photo of 2017 Outback courtesy of Subaru.

Photo of 2017 Outback courtesy of Subaru.

Subaru is producing a next-generation Impreza compact car for the 2017 model year, as well as a heavy mid-cycle update for the Forester and lighter updates for its other vehicles, the automaker announced.

The 2017 Impreza will arrive on Subaru's new Global Platform architecture with a 1-inch-longer wheelbase ot 105.1 inches. The 1.5-inch wider Impreza will offer a roomier cabin, while the 0.4-inch lower height improves aerodynamics, Subaru announced. The 2017 Impreza adds an array of driver-assisting technologies through the available EyeSight safety system.

The Forester enters 2017 with a revised powertrain that improves EPA-rated fuel economy to 26 mpg in the city, 32 mpg on the highway, and 28 mpg in combined cycles compared with the 24/32/27 of the outgoing model.

Forester Limited and Touring models equipped with EyeSight include Subaru's new reverse automatic braking feature. High beam assist becomes standard on the 2.5i Limited, 2.5i Touring, and 2.0XT Touring models equipped with EyeSight.

The 2017 Legacy adds styling updates and available reverse automatic braking.

The 2017 Outback, which has become Subaru's top commercial fleet seller, adds the Touring model as the top trim grade over the Limited and is available for the 2.5i and 3.6R models. Limited and Touring trim models feature standard reverse automatic braking, high beam assist, blind spot detection and rear cross traffic alert.

Subaru is discontinuing the Crosstrek Hybrid model.