• Jul 23, 2007
NASIOC forum member Lone Wolf 75 was at Raven's Stadium recently and spotted a pack of new Imprezas apparently getting ready for some type of focus group ride-and-drive. Besides the base Impreza and WRX sedan, he saw a hatch with a roof rack and revised front end. It is most likely the new Outback Sport. As other members had pointed out, it has a different grille with a chrome strip at the top, thinner chrome sides and an elongated drop in the bottom section of the grille. Much like the STi, but with a different mesh-patterned insert. It also sports the new front fascia, over-fenders and restyled rockers of previous Outbacks in a contrasting silver color. The two-tone look is a bit debatable, making the car look like a mismatched mule rather than a production model, but the overall package is tasteful. We had seen the back and side before, but this is our first look at the Outback-ed front end.

[Source: NASIOC]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Subaru dealers must be ecstatic to have such an exciting product arriving soon! None of that ho-hum Evo X, 135i, or R32 garbage for them. Turn your Thrill Meters to ELEVEN!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ummm - mentioning a Rabbit in the same sentence as a BMW, Mistu and Soob? Apparently your cute-meter is set to girly.
      • 7 Years Ago
      When did a "mismatched mule" become "tasteful"?

      One has to wonder.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't like Subaru's styling direction at all. The Tribeca has turned from a hideous creation into an Asian Chrysler, and the Impreza has morphed from a pig-nose mutant into a Kia.
      • 7 Years Ago
      and guess what? motor trend has just driven the damn thing, and, aside from very minor handling refinements, and some needed augmentation in interior design, this car feels ALMOST EXACTLY THE SAME as the old one.

      Same 0-60, same 1/4 miler, same skidpad performance.

      So, what is the final result of all this? Subaru shifted around some peices on the inside, without making any appreciable difference in the performance of the vehicle, and wrapped it in one of the ugliest, blandest, and cheap econo-boxed exteriors in the segment.

      Way to go, Subaru-- all you did was make your finest vehicle ugly as hell. Other than that, you succeeded in mocking us with this pathetic "evolution".

      Go to hell, the lot of you.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Boo to the mis-matched cladding, and they shouldn't
      call it an oubtack- it's an imprezza for pete's sake!
      The Styling is growing on me, I wouldn't call it
      "beautiful", certainly not "drop dead gorgeous"
      but its "somewhat pretty" (a little plain though).
      Subaru, you did a good effort, but it's going to take
      more than this, you need to get a new styling direction
      for the entire brand (to unify the lineup) asap.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't think its that bad...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh, btw I'd nominate the New Impreza/WRX for....

      Top Ten Gay Cars of '08

      p.s. It looks the queerest of the Japanese '08 models so far..(!)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Subaru has at least always been a recognizable car--until now. Bland!!!!!! Wait--is that a Hyundai, Toyota, Kia, or a compilation of the former makes?
      • 7 Years Ago
      God just killed a kitten.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why did they bolt on a Sebring front end?
      • 7 Years Ago
      The new Impreza/WRX must be the most HIDEOUS Subaru design in recent memory(the previous eagle grilled B9 Tribeca a close 2nd)..and I used to like the Fuji Ind. brand...

      The new Lancer/EVO X hands down looks a whole lot better...way, way better!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Isn't the Outback based on the Legacy?
        • 7 Years Ago
        The title of the article should say Impreza Outback Sport or Impreza Sportwagon.
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