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In an effort to move the Impreza to appeal more to family types, Subaru is taking its Impreza and turning it into a 'daring' hatchback. Or at least UK pub Auto Express says so, which doesn't completely rule out a sedan model for the U.S. market. Of course, with the sudden bumper crop of foreign-badged three-and-five doors available in North America (Volkswagen GTI, Audi A3, MINI Cooper, the soon-to-be Volvo S40, etc.), we wouldn't count on it.

According to AE, the next Impreza is expected to debut at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show, with lower-rung Imprezas looking to convert buyers of the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf/Rabbit (which we thought was the M.O. all along, no?).

For diehard Subie fans, rest assured that the automaker still plans on an STi putting out over 300 horsepower to balance the enthusiast's books.

(Thanks to ebm14 for the tip!)

[Source: Auto Express]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I am now looking forward to 2007 Tokyo Motor Show. Let's see how the market will react then.
      • 9 Years Ago
      About freaking time.

      For too long in the U.S. there have been slim pickings if you wanted a high performance compact car in a non-sedan form factor. Subaru at least offeres the WRX in wagon trim today but if you want an STi you need to settle for a grocery getting sedan, the worst of both worlds with none of the sex appeal of a coupe and none of the practicality of a wagon or hatch. Same deal with the EVO or the Neon SRT-4 or the SE-R.

      The tide is finally turning, the Mazdaspeed3, originally rumored to be a sedan like the Mazdaspeed6 is coming out as a wagon (I currently own a Mazda3 wagon) if the new Impreza, including the STi is coming out sans trunk it will be teriffic.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "I drive a Protege5, which does the same. I think of it as a wagon. And yet the Mazda3 that replaced it is fairly clearly a hatch."
      Yeah, i drive a Mazda3 hat- wago- um, '5-door' and i agree. Tho' its funny because the 3 is slightly larger than the P5, but looks like a "smaller" hatchback because of the upward pointing rear window on the C-pillar.
      • 9 Years Ago
      JH, what about the current 5-door WRX? 227hp awd ain't too shabby
      • 9 Years Ago
      CoffeeJedi, Yeah, you're right, not too shabby at all, and I've certainly been considering it...

      but at 300hp there would no longer be considering... I'd be running to the dealer.

      That's all I ask of car companies... build me a car that I simply cannot refuse :)
      • 9 Years Ago
      The Mazda 6 does it and doesn't lose the sedan appeal. Hope Subaru takes one out of Mazda's books.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "Do you not know the difference between wagon and hatchback?"
      What Subaru bills as an Impreza "wagon" is really a hatchback, compare it to their own Legacy wagon. Or for a more acurate size comparison, look at the Jetta wagon and Golf, and Focus wagon and ZX5, the profile definitely matches the hatch versions of those cars more closely than the wagons.
      • 9 Years Ago
      We've already got the wagon Impreza. And we've already got the Forester, which is an Impreza with a bigger wagon area on back.

      So what is this? Does this mean they'll remove all the rear headroom by making the kind of hatchback where the hinge is right over the rear passengers' heads?

      That would be very stupid. So would a two-door hatchback.

      Don't screw up here Subaru. The best thing you could do to improve the WRX is take the ugly new nose off it.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "How is this any different from the sport wagon that has been in the Impreza/WRX lineup for years?"

      Do you not know the difference between wagon and hatchback?
      • 9 Years Ago
      There is a difference between hatch and wagon, but the current model impreza really splits the difference (I own one). It's not a real wagon, with a squared-off back and vertical tailgate, and it's not really a standard-stye hatchback either. It's something in the middle, like the Malibu Maxx.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I love my 5 door rex. If the new one comes out and only betters the shabby bits (interior, paint quality and... well thats it really) Id have a very short list of next car purchases...

      I just hope it doesnt get flabby or worse, unreliable!

      • 9 Years Ago
      Why Subaru don't hatchback?
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