The next version of the Subaru Impreza will have a stylish, more mature design with aggressive lines, if this concept shown at the Tokyo auto show holds true to production. Subaru says the hatchback concept was built for “previewing the next-generation Impreza.”
The next Subaru Impreza will switch to a modular platform, and embodies a new design style for the automaker calles “Dynamic & Solid.” The car has a wider, more athletic stance than today’s Impreza hatch, with narrower headlights, sharply creased bodyside lines, and kinked C-pillar that recalls the similar design element on Infiniti models. Subaru’s polygonal black grille continues to define the car’s nose, while C-shaped taillights adorn the liftgate. This concept is almost exactly the same length and height as today’s Subaru Impreza hatchback, but 5.5 inches wider, contributing to what Subaru calls a “Wide & Low” look.
While there are no technical details thus far, Subaru says the next-gen Impreza will continue to offer the company’s signature all-wheel drive, and will seat five people. We expect to see an updated 2.0-liter flat-four engine in the U.S.-market car, with improved power and fuel-efficiency over today’s model. Our spy shots of an Impreza prototype (see gallery) suggest the production car will look pretty similar to this concept, although we doubt the road-going Subaru Impreza hatch will have the showy 19-inch wheels of this example.
The next-generation Subaru Impreza is expected to arrive late next year as a 2017 model.