• Aug 28, 2006
Subaru's "propeller grill" has been received by both the media and the public with, to put it lightly, mixed feelings. Well, the automaker's parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries, has decided to put the kibosh on it and ordered a redesign.

According to spokesman David Rowley of Subaru, the grill will not be applied to the upcoming Liberty and Outback, which will debut in Australia in September. The upcoming Impreza, due out in 2007, will also be sporting a new proboscis. States Rowley, "It's fair to say the design will not appear on future Subarus. We had always said the aerospace theme could be applied in a variety of ways, like the way it's been presented on the Impreza and Tribeca."

Rowley would not state what the new design will be for future Subies. However, it will be based on work from (now ex-) Subaru chief designer Andreas Zapatinas. Zapatinas, as you may remember, had previously designed cars for both Alfa Romeo and Fiat.

[Source: CARSguide]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      "when they get rid of the boy-racer hood scoop and rear wing the WRX will appeal to the masses"

      Not sure about the wing, but the only way they're going to get rid of the hood scoop is if they go with a front-mounted intercooler (like the Evolution), something Subaru is apparently deathly afraid of.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Paqza,
      You're right about TireRack's gold and bronze wheels... http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/gramlights/gramlights.jsp
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have always liked "sleepers" -- which you could argue are bland. Back in the 1960s when Dodge came out with the "Daytona" I don't think anyone liked it, but it was anything but bland: http://www.allpar.com/model/superbird.html (Of course they're very rare now, and worth a fortune.) Today's wings and BLING remind me a lot of those "super cars".
      • 8 Years Ago
      Thank God! Who ever thought it would be a good idea at Subaru to copy the grills off of Suzuki should be shot.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Does anyone have any credible photos of the new Impreza?

      I saw something a while ago that was a 3-door in the Alfa/ VW Iroc theme. I think that would be a fantastic for for the Impreza to follow.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #10.....

      why would anyone want a blue and gold subaru? its beyond me, subaru's so out of touch with that image that even thier multiple world championship WRC cars are painted that way. the "boy racer hood scoop" you speak of is needed because of the boxer layout. if anyone here has ever upgraded a subaru they know that using a front mount on a boxer needs twice the piping and youve lost all of your bigger intercooler's efficiency from running a mess of pipes. a V-mount is the only other different ic setup that works as well for the boxer as the topmount.
      I still think they should make the sti in a coupe, but id love to see a subie hatch out on the road. does anyone else see the V.9 impreza grille looking the same as an edsel's?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Subaru has no idea what their image should be. The new face grew on me, but now they're changing it yet again.

      If there's one thing they need to change, it's their pretentious ad agency. Instead of trying to put down the competition, how about standing on your own merits?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Am I the only one who liked both the bugeye Impreza and the "propeller" Impreza better than the nose they had on it during the 04-05 model years?

      I think the propeller nose Impreza is the best looking Impreza since the old 2.5 RS
      • 8 Years Ago
      D550 - Zapatinas was hired after the propeller design was well underway. His first Subaru exterior design we'll see is the next-generation Impreza. Zapatinas designed the interior of the Tribeca, which has received rave reviews. This guy's gone before we've seen hardly any of his work.

      Guenther - Liberty is Legacy. Same vehicle, different name in different markets.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well, as a fellow Scoobie fan on his 6th it is good to know that it will be a while until they all look alike.

      I mean, who among us can tell a silver A3 from a like-coloured A4 wagon, A6 Avant or that new SUV thing when you look over the guard rail into the oncoming traffic. Lexus is on the same road: same lines, same shapes, same creases just different sizes.

      I appreciate that Subaru styling has come a long way, but hope a little distinctiveness will remain. I will miss, though, the thought of driving Farago's now infamous "Flying Vagina."
      • 8 Years Ago
      Strange that it's taken them this long. If I remember correctly, the reception was also "mixed" when this design theme first appeared on the B9 Scrambler and B111S concepts in 2003. Wasn't that the point of those exercises, testing the stylistic waters?

      Personally, my favorite Impreza nose was the cleaned-up '04-'05 version. I have no idea why they changed it for 2006. The '06 uglification of the Forester was similarly confusing.

      The Legacy is probably Subaru's best-looking car at the moment, but it's almost *too* clean. Others have mentioned the "quirky" appeal of owning a Subaru, and I thinnk there's something to that.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "...upcoming outback and librty..."

      News to me that Subaru will be peddeling a car by the same nameplate as a current JEEP. I wonder if this will be the replacement for the Forester, allthough this would really undermine any thoughts of originality. If they want to be original, they need to offer the forester with the up-coming euro diesel and the 2-speed awd box available in europe. Then we'd have ourselves a proper little rally hauler.
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