• Aug 16th 2006 at 11:52AM
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Autoexpress has deployed their spies into the heart of Fuji Heavy Industries and have come out with confirmation that a duo of the venerable Impreza is due for release within the next year.

The UK will see a five-door hatch, with a traditional sedan to follow after the initial launch. Design influences will come from the B5 concept (pictured) that debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show this past October. Naturally, power will find its way to all four wheels, getting the required momentum from the brand's trademark boxer-four.

Whether or not the Turbo Parallel Hybrid version, shown off at the Detroit Auto Show in January, will come to fruition is another matter. The concept hasn't been heard of since, so we are assuming that a production version isn't in the cards anytime soon. Although the prospect of a gravel rooster-tail in a hybrid rally car makes our salivary glands work overtime.

Expect to see a finished version of the new Impreza at the Geneva show next spring.

[Source: Autoexpress]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      7. Then there are those that buy solely based on looks and badge with no regard to performance, reliability, and value. Actually, I think the car you drive tells a lot about you and your values. I'd rather drive a Subaru than a VW.

      Posted at 12:38PM on Aug 16th 2006 by whatever_man [/quote]

      Subarus are fine cars if all you care about is speed; but you can't possibly think the quality of a Subaru is anywhere near that of a VW.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Then there are those that buy solely based on looks and badge with no regard to performance, reliability, and value. Actually, I think the car you drive tells a lot about you and your values. I'd rather drive a Subaru than a VW.
      • 9 Years Ago
      In my book, the 02 Impreza Outback Sport is the best Subaru. It's got the quirky frog eyes, pleanty of rear hatch space, and is perfect for any wether.
      It simply plows through anything up to 2.5 ft of snow.
      Not to mention the great sounding f-4.
      So far 72,400 miles and absolutly no major maitnence.
      Last car was 92 legacy wagon with 457,692 miles on and only the head gasket and the right rear cv joint have ever failed. Now grant it, it was a rattle trap and rust bucket with a million dents and ding's, but it ran beautifly till the day I crashed it. (saved my life) Ive' been a loyal subie fan ever since.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The new nose looks aight on the '06 Impreza but the B9 Tribeca just looks horrible. Oh well, at least Subaru has the guts to design something different and stick with it - unlike Chevrolet where each vehicle wears a different snout and there is no family resemble whatsoever. BMW's are instantly recognizable for their grilles and so are the new Subies. The Impala's front end on the other hand, looks like an Accord from a distance while the Mailbu looks like it was designed by a completely different car company.
      • 9 Years Ago

      And Richard... sorry to Dramout you... But I recall you talking about how you pretty much run a VAG shop in your garage... so this idea of "I only spent so much in /dealer/ service" is total bunk. Who knows how many parts you've shimmied into that Golf yourself that you aren't including in your total.

      All this discussion of Subie vs VW brings back memories of that old STi, Evo, R32 comparo.

      STi: fastest, but feels very out of control
      Evo: very close, but superior handling feedback and road-feel will probably make easy wins over skittish STi newbies
      R32: not close, not mannerly... but it sure does look nice and have a great interior. Beauty consolation prize for VW!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Oh my God you guys, that is just a concept car that like a year old. The production version will look different than that. (hopefully)
      And I think Subaru's over that who Baboon snout fling they had going on all their cars.
      The Legacy/Outback are not that bad looking, and they're a heck of a lot more interesting to look at and drive than a Camery, or Accord.
      I agree with Ricky that people don't by them over their looks. I have an 02 Impreza myself, and I absolutly love it. The think is, they have character and individuality where most other auto makers design to please the mass market.
      No matter how uguly Subaru's get, they will still have their loyal fan's
      • 9 Years Ago
      Peter W: I got out while the getting was good. I drive an '05 Subaru Legacy GT Wagon. I figured my good VW karma could only last so long... Since the only things I really miss about the VW are the switchblade key and the ability to open all the windows from outside the car in the scorching Texas summer, I think I made the right choice.
      • 9 Years Ago
      HOLY SHIT!!!! That's one ugly bastard....
      • 9 Years Ago
      I have both a Passat Wagon and an 02 Outback Sport. The VW is junk and the Subie the best car I have ever owned.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The big q in my mind is, if they make an Impreza hybrid with (equivalent to) 300 hp, what happens to the STi? and the rally teams?

      2002 WRX wagon owner... it's ugly and I've never had a signle problem... other than it's black and I live in the desert, and you can hardly blame that on Subaru!
      • 9 Years Ago
      my hatred of Vee-Dub comes from a 2002 Jetta. Biggest POS ever! $20K for the car plus $6K for clutch at 14K miles + power window motors at 27K + new boots and axles at 29K + new radiator at 41K. And warranty...bunch of f'in liars VW dealers are. I thanked the lord I was able to pawn it off to someone in 2005 for $11K. I'm still fighting to get my money back on problems that are definitely covered but the dealers consider them wear and tear.

      Screw Vee-Dub...I wish I weren't so young and image driven then. I could've bought a WRX in 2002 instead, cause every time I get to drive my friend's WRX, it brings a big ole smile to my face.

      VW may have the reliability problem licked now, but I sure as hell ain't gonna risk my own money on it.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I think that B5 concept car is one of the most beautiful designs I've seen in a long time. It looks like a big, confortable shoe.I hope it comes in a WRX version.
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