In 2015, Subaru rolled out a pair of concepts that gave us an idea of the future styling direction for the Impreza. First came the sedan concept, then the 5-door concept rolled out later in the year. As with all Subaru concepts, I took the design with a grain of salt as the automaker has a habit of not delivering on these previews. Today, Subaru has announced that the next-generation Impreza will debut at the New York Auto Show and it released a teaser image showing off its front corner.
Comparing this image to the concepts, it is clear that at least some of the concepts’ features carry into the new model. As expected, the J-shaped LEDs do not carry into production, but the shape of the headlight assemblies do. Also making it into production are the body lines on the bumper just forward of the headlights. The creases on the hood, the wide grille, and the fog light area all seem very similar to the concept as well, but they are partially hidden by tactful shadowing.
Other than these few bits, Subaru was rather stingy with its details. The only other information it gave up in its press release was that it will feature upgraded in-car technology and a more spacious cabin.
According to a previous press release about Subaru’s new Global Platform, I assume the new Impreza will sit top this safer and quieter platform. Given this platform can handle a hybrid powertrain, I wouldn’t be shocked to learn that the new sedan and hatchback will have a hybrid option. It may take a few months or even years for Subaru to finally announce this.
The standard engine should be a reworked version of the brand’s existing 2.0-liter boxer-four engine. In 2016, this engine produced 148 horsepower but Subie my tweak it to more than 150 ponies for the new generation. There is still the outside chance of an all-new engine, but I doubt we’ll see this.
I can speculate on this model all day, but that all becomes moot on March 23rd when the automaker officially unveils the new Impreza. Stay tuned and we’ll bring you all of the details once they become available.