First Photo: 2012 Subaru Impreza

As we previously reported, these new fuel economy gains are primarily achieved by means of an all-new boxer engine, along with a new transmission choice. The 2012 Impreza uses a 2.0-liter horizontally-opposed four-cylinder, which actually debuted in Europe earlier this year. Rated at 148 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque, the engine is slightly down on power compared to the outgoing 2.5-liter four (170 horsepower and 170 lb-ft, respectively), but makes up for the deficiency in fuel economy gains -- particularly when mated with the new continuously variable transmission, which replaces the antiquated four-speed automatic.

Will the new Impreza win new buyers while simultaneously appeasing Subaru loyalists? That remains to be seen, but Subaru officials insist fuel economy is already a prime factor in luring consumers to the brand. In that case, a 44-percent improvement in highway fuel economy over the previous model certainly doesn’t hurt.

Further details -- especially those tied to performance and pricing -- have yet to be announced by the automaker, but expect the full skinny on the 2012 Impreza sedan and wagon to be revealed on April 20, when the car makes its first public debut at the 2011 New York auto show.

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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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