• Feb 8, 2007
New Subaru Impreza renderings seem to be coming out of the woodwork as of late, and judging by the similarities between the magazine scan we brought you earlier in the week and these newest images courtesy of AutoExpress, either the artist is the same or the new nose and hatch design has been rendered with the same information. Come New York, we shall see.
We're certainly fans of toning down the new front end, and this newest image certainly accomplishes that, ditching the upside-down-Alfa nose, smoothing out the front clip and making the hood scoop less of an awkward protrusion. We know that a five-door hatch will be the most radical design change, but both images contain that precariously placed wing that looks about as plausible as seeing Jessica Simpson at a MENSA meeting.

Follow the jump for more...

Also, AutoExpress revealed some hard data about the new dimensions and weight of the soon-to-be released Impreza. First, the five-door variant will be about 130mm shorter than the outgoing sedan, while the haunches will grow by about 50mm. The weight should still hover around 3,000 pounds, which will be less of an issue when we get the newly developed 2.5-liter engine. If you'd prefer your Impreza with an oil-burner, don't expect that until 2009 at the earliest, at least in the UK.

Subaru's four-wheel-drive system will also go under the knife, with a revised version of the Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD), while the suspension in the rear will be a modified multi-link setup.

We'll be on hand when the all-new Impreza is debuted in New York this April, but we think this is only the first round of educated speculation we'll see before the official unveiling.

[Source: AutoExpress]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      I like it, I like it a lot, but the rear end is pretty disappointing... Hope this rendering isn't too precise with regards to the tail.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm hoping these renderings are on target, I rather like the hatch design. I was a fan of the WRC Focus hatch and had hoped Ford would see the light and enter into the fray by offering it against the Evo and WRX. My only real hope however is if that wing is legit, Subaru offers a spoiler delete option.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like the look but I can't stand how all the Japanese companies are copying each other with the front nose design, with their logo hanging down in the middle on a piece of chrome. Look at the new Nissan Altima, new Camry, new Accord, they all have the same logo-dip thing. How bloody hard is it to be ORIGINAL? It looks buck-toothed.

      Overall though I like the look, that wing is a bit much, although I'm sure it's functional. I'd much rather a small one over the roof. Clean, fast lines all around, good job.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like it... Subaru has never been known for its style, and this is a good start. It's a great car company and it deserves to have better-looking cars to grace its showrooms. The spoiler doesn't bother me at all, mostly b/c of Subaru's rich history in the WRC and to me it's more symbolic of that than having actual functionality for everyday driving.
      • 8 Years Ago
      the front face looks very simlar to the new proton satria neo or the proton gen.2
      • 8 Years Ago
      Don't get me wrong, this front end is much better than that wierdo 'wings' thing that Zapatinas came up with, but the first thing I thought of seeing this new one was 'new Astra.' The chrome strip across the top of the opening with the bump-down for the badge looks exactly the same.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like so many different european cars. The whole back end is just messed up and proportions are ridiculous. They better not drop the sedan.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I was an STi fan ever since I saw the world's first generation 1994 STi roadtest in Hot Rod magazine, the only magazine at the time printing anything about pumped up 4 cylinders. I doubted Subaru’s design with the bug eyes, but I didn't hate it. The rest of the car was a good design, very braulick. Then I fell hard for America’s 2nd generation Impreza Wrx STi in 2004, to date still the best looking model. I feel lately Subaru isn't confident in themselves and are trying out to many styles in the time frame of 5 years (04-09). The upside down Alfa Romeo grill unfortunately a bad idea; too in your face, look at me! I decided to let Subaru know in an email that they really needed a redesign soon. I’m sure I wasn’t alone in that regard. The newest renditions of the STi are yet again somewhat of a disappointment. I have nothing against hatchbacks, but call me something of a traditionalist with this car. The STi, with exception to the wrx trim, needs to be either a coupe or a sedan. That’s how it has always been. For those who truly like this new rear end I think you should see this car in your driveway, but as the new design for the wagon in wrx trim. My true feelings about where I stand will come when I go to NYC to see the new design for myself. Then I can truly judge it. I don’t want to say this, but if there’s a Subaru rep who reads the comments on this great site full of wonderful debates about all vehicles, then he should know that I will buy in the next 2 years guaranteed, a 2004-05 STi or the new Mitsubishi Evo X. I will deviate from Subaru. Mitsubishi has had its fair share of problems, but this new design clearly reflects the spirit of a braulick wrc/street car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Still no mention of the WRX, I'm getting worried : (
      • 8 Years Ago
      Perfect.

      Little.

      Grocery Getter.

      That's all Hun. Nah! Just to drive to work and back...all-wheel-drive...so I am sure to get home to you when it snows.

      Bring it on Subaru! I won't be able to part with my Spec. B so I'll give that to her. Bring this car! (STi variant, please)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like a photochopped mazda 3.
      I really don't think that it's the real thing.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am really not keen on this at all.

      It looks dated to me, from the dull front-end to the cheap looking plastic pillars and that god awful rear spoiler that blatantly does not work on a hatchback.

      It needs to be sleeker if it is going to be a fastback design - edgy fastbacks never look right to me.

      Give me a Lancer (especially an Evo - drool) anyday!
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