• Apr 6, 2011
2012 Subaru Impreza – Click above for high-res image

Subaru rolled out an impressive Impreza concept vehicle at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. That design was aggressive, good-looking and one of the better reveals of the entire auto show. Will the impending production version be as exciting as the concept? We'll see. Subaru has plans to reveal the next Impreza at the fast-approaching New York Auto Show. Ahead of that, the automaker has released a profile shot of the 2012 Impreza.

We don't have much in the way of actual information to offer just yet, but Subaru is offering fuel efficiency estimates of 36 miles per gallon on the highway, and we're told that both the sedan and wagon are scheduled to appear at the 2011 NYIAS. As far as the styling goes, we're going to hold off final judgment until we see it in the flesh, or at least until we can show you more than just this side profile. Until that time, you can find us hanging out in our angry dome.

Check out the full high-res picture by clicking on the image above, and feel free to read the extremely brief press blurb after the break.

[Source: Subaru]
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Subaru of America today announced the world debut of the all-new Subaru Impreza 4-door and 5-door models at the 2011 New York International Auto Show. The new Impreza will deliver 36 MPG highway, the highest fuel economy* of any all-wheel drive car on sale in the United States. The new designs will provide a roomier interior and improved levels of comfort and refinement.

*Manufacturer's estimate.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Subaru getting some Nissan treatment.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thanks Toyota for neutering the brand!

      Atleast GM didn't push themselves onto Subaru.

      We got the awesome 9-2X out of the deal.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It couldnt be more obvious that Subaru took the safe route. Dont get me wrong, it looks nice, but theres nothing exciting or intimidating about it. I really hope they designed this with the idea in mind that the STi version will have some different body paneling and differentiate itself from the standard impreza more then past models have.

      Also, I see a bit of color theory in play here. Burgundy is boring, it makes me feel like sitting by the fire with a glass of bourbon rather than driving fast. If they showed the side profile of this car in their trademark royal blue, i think we would all have a different reaction.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks bland. However, 36MPG on the highway AND AWD? That's imprezzive...
        • 3 Years Ago
        Not if it comes at the expensive of drive-ability.
        Just imagine a top speed run, the 2.0 boxing 4 will be droning at 6000rpm all the way from 30mph to 130mph top speed.

        or any time you need all its 146hp to move the 3100 pounds of vehicle.
      • 3 Years Ago
      haha this isn't even close to the same lines as the concept. what was the point of the concept then? what a tease. that was nice and sleek and this is bland and boring. leave it to subaru to dull down yet another car with potential. my old 05 sti was more exciting than the new one so i'm forced to drive a mitsubishi now (evo x)
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow! Is it just me or does this look really fat (as in the opposite of chiseled or sculptural). The overall shape isn't bad, but those enormous, bulbous fender flares make the wheels look tiny. It's almost as if is something attractive underneath...if only you could get past the "fatness" piled on top.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Definitely follows a generic Japanese sedan styling path. Looks cleaner than the recent ones, but I just wonder what happened to all the sweet lines from that concept model?

      I'm looking forward to seeing the front design as this should usher in a new Subaru face (if I remember correctly from what management said a couple years back).
      • 3 Years Ago
      Chevrolet/Holden Cruze anyone?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Blandtastic!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Imprezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzza
      went from new Elantra-like to Corolla-like
      • 3 Years Ago
      From an 06 LGT owner, this is really depressing. The concept was clearly going to get less sexy with the production requirements, but they went too far and made an AWD Corolla from this view (burgundy with tiny wheels don't help either).

      Looking at the concept to this, they made the lights (front, back and fog) much less dramatic. They shortened the rake or whatever it is called to make it less sporty and more 'normal' - it was perilously close to that 4DSC / coupe look at the back and now it's... I keep coming back to 'Corolla'. Lastly, the bottom character line is completely gone. I guess they will add in side curtains for the WRX, but that's different than building in that character in all your models.

      Subaru, every Impreza or Forester used to have fugly-cool baked in, no matter which model it was. Now it's looking like you'll give us a scoop of melting vanilla and force us to pay up to get more. Fine in principle, but not what Subaru has been about, and makes me think you're becoming every other auto maker.
      • 3 Years Ago
      All-new Subaru Altima! Oh wait...
        • 3 Years Ago
        You mean Subaru Jetta
        • 3 Years Ago
        I first thought Mazda3.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Civic!
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