First Photo: 2012 Subaru Impreza

We won’t have our first complete look at the all-new 2012 Subaru Impreza until its debut at the New York auto show later this month. That said, the automaker’s PR department is all too happy to tease Imprezaphiles around the world with the first official image of the new car, along with a few bits of information.

Chances are if you’ve laid eyes on the Impreza concept shown at the 2010 Los Angeles auto show, the four-door model shown above doesn’t surprise you. The profile is nearly identical to the concept, lending the production car a larger, Legacy-like form. Predictably, some of the pizzazz found on the show car -- including the tinted headlamps, camera-based side-view mirrors, and large aluminum wheels -- has been lost in the translation to a production vehicle. No surprise, especially considering this is Subaru’s high-volume, entry-level offering.

Few details have been released in correlation with this image, but corporate officials are proclaiming the new car is expected to achieve a 36-mpg rating on the EPA’s highway test cycle. That’s a sizable improvement, considering the current Impreza achieved between 25 and 27 mpg on the highway, depending on the powertrain installed.

At first, 36 mpg may not sound like much when several competitors, including the 2012 Ford Focus, 2011 Hyundai Elantra, and 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, attain 40 mpg on the highway. Still, the figure is impressive considering the Impreza remains an all-wheel-drive vehicle. In fact, the Impreza appears to surpass most compact all-wheel-drive competitors in this regard, including the Suzuki Kizashi, SX4, and the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.

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Here it is;"Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system is attached to a 2.0-liter direct fuel-injection turbo gasoline engine and a Lineartronic transmission"2.0 liter direct fuel injection turbo and hybrid with cutting edge style. Build it and we will buy.
It's conservative and weak.Can't Subaru make a 2.0 liter direct fuel injection horizontally opposed engine with 200hp? Hyundai's base 2.0 liter gets 200hp and the turbo version gets 270hp & Torque. Still waiting.
I ment Legacy Wagons
The new Legacy Wagons look terrible. Like a 1950s delivery van only smaller.Now the Impreza!
How sad that Subaru lost the essential elements of the concept, mainly the sleek roof line and window profile and the crisp and streamlined elements in profile. The dual lines along the lower body are replaced with a single line. The head and tail lights are no longer rakish. All of the design elements are far less integrated and the clean, crisp sculpting of the original concept are lost in a muddled mass that no longer looks distinctive but rather like a Mazda 3! Plain SAD.
Style-wise it is a huge letdown. I can't believe they've continued with the Legacy's ugly wheel arches. The shape of the show car had me thinking I might shop the next Impreza, but no longer. Yuck.
A lot less power for a lot greater fuel efficiency. In this day and age, I think we almost expect to see improved power and efficiency.Oh well, at least 10 mpg is a huge gain.

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