First spy shots of the upcoming Subaru Impreza hatchback are hitting the 'net. Snapped under disguise while undergoing testing in California, you can begin to see the shape the new Impreza will take. As we reported earlier, the next Impreza's front facia will take yet another new styling direction, after previous facelifts were met with less than enthusiastic response.

The hatchback seen here is expected to hit the market before its conventional sedan counterpart. Reports suggest that the new Impreza will feature a 330-hp 2.5-liter flat-four engine; while others anticipate the possible addition of a high-performance hybrid powerplant.

Like previous Imprezas, the upcoming model will earn is credibility on the rally circuit and will likely prove popular with the street tuning crowd, while facing stiff competition from the upcoming version of its arch-nemesis, the Mitsubishi Evo X.

[Source: Leftlane News]