Subaru is in the process of upgrading Impreza, mainly focusing on endowing it with more dynamic design and more solid aesthetic infrastructure. Depending on your artistic preferences, though, the new five-door hatchback concept of Subaru Impreza resulted into a mixture of reactions from both fans and critics.
Changes start off from the fender flare to the front door. Compared to the previous design cut immediately on the fender panel, the current line flows continuously into the door. It makes a find sensuous crease running along the length of the car. The new Impreza also sports diminutive mirrors and 173.2 X 74.0 x 56.7 dimensions. As the dimensions indicate, the new Impreza is rendered one inch lower compared to the current model but 5.5 inches wider.
As for the powertrain, information is limited but speculations run that it is going to house a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine, AWD drivetrain and options of 5- to 6-speed manual or CVT transmissions. Taking speculations further, Subaru might even consider offering a hybrid flavor since it already has a gas-electric variant in the body of XV Crosstrek hybrik which is—mind you—an Impreza-inspired model.
For those who are excited about this news, the upcoming Impreza model may be unveiled in New York auto show in March next year. Sales won’t be until the third or fourth quarter of 2016, making it a 2017 model. Subaru plans to sell the new-generation Impreza with a sedan variant, too, which simply indicates that the Japanese carmaker is quite serious in making its upcoming portfolios in global platform.