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.
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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.