Subaru enters the 1998 model year as a brand fully promoting the virtues of all-wheel drive motoring. Subaru's popular compact Impreza line-up is granted a subtle styling refresh for 1998 accompanied by a new interior treatment. The 2.2-liter flat-4 serves as the 1998 Subaru Impreza's new base engine. A new Impreza 2.5 RS is furnished with a 165-horsepower engine. The 1998 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS is available only with the two-door coupe. For drivers searching for a highly versatile, cargo-hauling but desiring an alternative to the truck-based sport utility vehicle, Subaru introduces the Forester. Built on the same chassis as the Impreza, the Forester is noted for having a taller roof, higher seating position and a 2.5-liter boxer engine. Subaru enters 1998 minus their SVX sports car that concluded production at the end of the 1997 model year.