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The Subaru Impreza has changed faces more times than a dirty politician, but still manages to sell well thanks largely to a loyal customer base. And those loyal customers – not to mention the enthusiasts to whom the letters s-t-i are close to g-o-d – have been patiently awaiting the launch of the current Impreza's replacement, due for unveiling at the New York Auto Show in April and on the market next year.

These images published in Japan are now hitting the internet, and if the illustrations are accurate, the wait just might be over, not to mention worthwhile. Subaru's design director, Andreas Zapatinas, who was responsible for the current Subie's rather unfortunate (though arguably distinctive) front end, was shown the door. And it seems Zapatinas' successors did a much better job putting together a sharp-looking cohesive package that should make the technically excellent Impreza more palatable – if not more desirable – to a broader range of customers.

Does Subaru have a winner on it's hands?

[Source: Edmunds' Straightline]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Robert: re: your broken WRX... just because you're too ham-fisted to drive a stick, it's not the car's fault. The WRX is highly reliable in general, we've put lots of miles on an '02 and now an '06 (30k already on the '06, sheesh!) Another hint that you can't drive is your assertion that the car is "slow." Even the "regular" WRX is a quick, capable car, and the STI is faster. Pine for your Camaro, hope you can afford the V8.

      Re: the idiotic wing on this hatchback picture... can you say bad photoshop? It's an image of a regular STI wing grafted onto the image. I'm sure the STI will have a very-noticeable wing, but if they go with this 5-door shape it won't be THAT wing.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Evo looks alot better in comparison.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Not to Bad but not great! I think every Impreza owner including myself (2 subie imprezas) in the last 5 years have been waiting for something really special and to me this look does not do it. It's Way to American looking and reserved. I Think the latest 2006-2007 design is great - All it needs is a little tweaking and they would have a winner in my opinion.
      I like the LOOK of the web photos/adobe of the more aggresive three grill 2008 designs - That look would be a winner. EVery- person I have seen do a review of that look have said they would take one right away. AGain subaru can't get the design right.
      Oh well I love my 2006.
      To reserved looking. I agree it looks like the front of a PONTIAC GTO> damn!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Maybe I'm just mistaken, but isn't a 4-door hatch a wagon? And isn't this just basically the same shape as the existing Impreza/WRX wagon? Call me crazy but I've always preferred the sport sedan.
      • 8 Years Ago
      WRX is a piece of crap, Mine was in the shop all of the time. The drive train is weak.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I do like this a lot... And I think many people will. There are a few Mazda Protege5 cues here and there, which is a very good thing in my opinion. Can't wait to see it ;)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Maybe if they make a 3-door version I'll buy two! :D
      • 8 Years Ago
      Probably mean 431Nm torque

      1 lb-ft = 1.3558179 Nm
      • 8 Years Ago
      being a wrx owner, I have to say this makes me want to switch to the sti. that would be worth spending the extra gas money on.

      • 8 Years Ago
      are they serious about the 431 lbs-ft for the STI road car or is it for the rally car?
      • 8 Years Ago
      So help me, Evo, STI, I love them both.
      • 8 Years Ago

      I can't see Subie dropping the WRX moniker. It just doesn't make sense. The STi is $$$.

      Open letter to Subie....keep the WRX in the lineup, add bluetooth and keyless ignition with some CVT like Nissan and I'll buy one.
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