The next generation Subaru Impreza four-door sedan and five-door hatchback have been spotted with the production bodies.
The next generation Subaru Impreza four-door sedan and five-door hatchback have been spotted with their production bodies.
This latest spy image batch shows Subaru has commenced testing of next-gen Impreza prototypes with the production bodies as up until now we only saw test mules wearing the body of the outgoing model. The pics come only a few days after Subaru unveiled the Impreza 5-Door concept at the Tokyo Motor Show which effectively previews the all-new model due to come out most likely in the second half of 2016 as a 2017MY.
Benchmarked against a Ford Focus and a Mazda3, the next Impreza will ride on a newly developed Subaru Global Platform (SGP) and despite the heavy camouflage on these prototypes it’s still easy to notice it will adopt a considerably more dynamic appearance to go with the lighter body thanks to the new architecture which will also boost the car’s structural rigidity.
An increase in size is expected and this will enable a more spacious interior cabin with additional room for rear passengers due to the elongated wheelbase. As a reminder, the aforementioned Impreza 5-Door concept is 4,400 mm long, 1,880 mm wide, 1,440 mm tall and has a 2,670 mm wheelbase. Subaru said its design will influence all future models, starting off with the next Impreza.
There’s no word just yet regarding what will power the new Impreza, but rumors suggests it will get a new generation of more efficient engines that will come with cylinder deactivation technology to cut fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
The new Subaru Impreza will probably go on sale towards the end of 2016.