Small wheels and staid styling means these 'leaked' images are probably the real deal
Ever since the second generation 'Bug Eye' car was unveiled, the appearance of a new Subaru Impreza had always been a source of animated debate. So we have images purporting to be the next WRX, let's start with how it looks.
Imprezas should be about the driving, remember
'Inoffensive' is probably the kindest way to describe it. Take away the four exhausts, bonnet scoop and diffuser and it really could be any other Japanese, or perhaps even Korean, four-door saloon. The flared arches and big doors make it look a bit underwheeled too. Given how fabulous the WRX concept looked, the blandness of this car is quite disappointing.
Still, Imprezas (can we still call them that?) have never been purchased on looks alone. It's expected that the next WRX will again use a 2.5-litre turbocharged boxer engine and it will of course be 4WD. Other than that, firm spec details are rather scarce. We should know a lot more, including some news on European sales, when the production Impreza is revealed at the LA show next week. And to whet your appetite stand by for our model-by-model market watch later on today.
Typical american market 'sedan' look. As mentioned, strip the bits and it looks very boring...but will surely sell stateside...as subaru's tend to do!
tannedstamina12 Nov 2013
Looks like the front of a volvo!
pimpchez12 Nov 2013
The one and only thing that will hold this back is emissions .How cheap is a new S3 to tax again , plus its badge on the bonnet.
Unless the wrx is cheaper than a focus ST it has no chance in hell
edit to say: im dissapointed but not suprised its gone soft on the styling .give me a blob eye anyday
tomoleeds12 Nov 2013
looks more like a proton, I have owned 5 wrx (2002-2004) not had one for a few years now, I noticed the last one was small compared to more modern cars and the interior was very dated. don't like this new design looks bloated , ,I would spend 20k on a Focus RS
dukebox9reg12 Nov 2013
Don't like how the nose falls away especially when viewed for the rear 3/4 (though reminds me of a previous gen 3 series from the same angle). It's not the exterior or even the drivetrain that's put me off the Subaru's in the past, it's the dire interiors.
They could learn something off Kia of Hyundai. Though not quite 'German', it's a match for Fords and Vauxhalls newest offerings.
Edited by dukebox9reg on Tuesday 12th November 10:43