• Mar 29, 2007
click above image to view both pics of the 2008 Subaru Impreza

The amount of time that's passed since we first laid eyes on the 2008 Subaru Impreza has not served to sooth our gag reflex upon seeing it again. Though cast in a different hue this time, the general shape of the new hatchback body style in conjunction with the new chrome grille make the '08 Impreza look like the bastard offspring of a Kia Spectra5 and Toyota Camry. Since Motor Trend spilled the beans this week, Inside Line decided to drop with all the details they have on the new Impreza so far, and unfortunately there's no silver lining to report on this storm cloud.

[Source: Inside Line]


IL apparently got seat time in the car already and report that interior build quality has been vastly improved, as well as the overall packaging and useability of the vehicle. The wheelbase is 3.7 inches longer, while the interior width grows by 2 inches. The hatchback is 1.7 inches shorter than the current Impreza wagon, while the new sedan will actually be a whopping 4.9 inches longer than the four-door it replaces. Apparently much of that length goes into an extra large trunk.

A new double-wishbone rear suspension frees up some space in the back for more cargo, while the new front suspension is an almost direct port from the Legacy model. Base models will roll on 16-inch wheels, while the WRX makes do with 17-inchers.

Unfortunately, Subarua spent all that money on improving the quality of the Impreza's interior and messing with its design that no funds remained for upgrading the important mechanicals. Thus, all engines and transmissions will carry over with nary a change. That means the WRX model trudges on with its 2.5L turbocharged flat-four producing around 225 horsepower and transmission choices remain but a five-speed stick or four-speed auto.

We admit we're harshing on the 2008 Subaru Impreza, perhaps a bit more than it deserves considering we have not seen it in person yet. That will be corrected next week in New York, and for Subaru's sake we hope the new Impreza makes a killer first impression in the flesh.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I have yet to be convinced that these or the earlier Motor Trend pics are legit. As #30 said, these appear to be photoshops of the MT pics, which may be photoshops in and of themselves.

      If it is the case, and this is the new WRX, well, I have a feeling there will be a lot of high fives and backslapping at Mitsubishi headquarters.
      • 7 Years Ago
      so i woke up and got my motor trend today along with a bad taste from looking and reading the cover which just so happened to have these pictures on it. . im disappointed but hopefully this will do what i was hoping would happen for a while now, distance the WRX from the STI. Now all i have to do is hope they dont disappoint me and everyone else with the not up to standard version of the STI, they know they are up against alot with the EVO X now will they be up for the challenge . . we can only hope.

      on a lighter note, i love the interior but that is it on this watered down disappointing excuse for the 25 thousand dollar turbo awd what used to be called rally car . . .
      • 7 Years Ago
      Camry and Kia??? How can you miss the Ford Focus inspired B-pillar? Plus, that grill is straight from the Chrysler Sebring IMHO. The car is an emulsion of the greatest styling cues every collected (giant wink).

      I disagree with Peter (12), the highest evolution of the WRX was the '04-'05 Saab 92x Aero.
      • 7 Years Ago
      There is something funky about these pics. The front of the car looks photoshpped. I am smelling a red herring here.

      Subaru savvy readers have noted the engine bay pics show a different engine, yet the write up says the old engine stays for 2008.

      I am wondering if someone is playing an April's Fools joke.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why can't Subaru borrow a couple of Saab designers for a weekend to make their cars remotely attractive? With a few tweaks Saabaru 9.2 looks very good, inside and out, something that cannot be said about the original.
      • 7 Years Ago
      presenting the all new SUBARU CAMRY!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      How sad. I quite liked the last design...
      They really dropped the ball on this one. I think this is one of the worst looking cars on the market today.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Can anyone say "Mazda3"?

      Really innovative Subaru, oh well, whatever it looks like, all the boy-racer twats will still mortgage their brains for the WRX version....
      • 7 Years Ago
      bangle?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Where is the integrated chin spoiler? Where are the gills, the fender flares and a giant scoop with missiles sticking out of it?

      The car is toned down from the current Impreza for the worst. The shots of the engine-bay over at MT look a lot like the engine bay off of the Legacy. Also the engine has plastic headers, plastic intake manifold and the intercooler is laughable in size.

      The car is ugly, very ugly, disgustingly ugly. The grille is a combination between a Chrysler Sebring grille and Toyota Camry pig snout mashed on top. The side is a Mazda3, Tribeca and BMW 1-series(not the best combo). The rear is ugly and the diffuser is off of a Ford Focus SES w/ diffuser.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I really don't understand what the big deal is. These images are Photoshopped versions of the Motor Trend images. In fact, they're poorly executed versions of the SCANS of the Motor Trend images.
      • 7 Years Ago
      At least the original WRX bug-eye style was ugly in a cute sort of way!
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