2016 New York: Subaru teases new Impreza, appears a lot like the old Impreza

What you see above is the most current teaser for Subaru&#8217s all-new Impreza for 2017, which will be revealed in full at the New York Auto Show on March 23. It&#8217s not the 2016 Impreza, which is somewhat surprising since it looks a complete lot like the current model from this angle. Even more concerning, it isn&#8217t something like the hatchback or sedan we were promised last fall.

As usually, we&#8217ll be reporting reside from the floor of the Javitz Center — so it&#8217s wise not to pass judgment until Subaru&#8217s shown off more than a headlight. But this could be at least the third time in recent memory the house of Pleiades has committed a bait-and-switch on the adoring public, and given us a production model with none of the forward-searching design or appeal of the concepts just before it.

There was the WRX Notion of three years ago, a design and style study that captivated New York audiences when it was touted as a window into the way Subaru&#8217s offerings would appear in the future. Clad in electric blue — a WRX staple, of course — with fluorescent-yellow accents, sporting a four-door coupe-like roofline and LED accents front-to-back, it stole the show and energized a fanbase disillusioned with the frumpy searching Imprezas of the earlier generation. The WRX we sooner or later got is by no means a bad seeking vehicle, but hardly as fascinating. And the base Impreza nonetheless looks frumpy.

It happened once more last year, once again in the Massive Apple, with the BRZ STI Overall performance Concept. Widened and lowered, provided an aggressive bodykit, flared arches, a massive rear wing and the engine of a Super GT racing auto, I awarded it largest flop of the show precisely since chief of the STI division, Yoshio Hirakawa, flatly denied any intent to create the vehicle right in the briefing. Considering that then there have been varying reports of an STI-tuned version to debut inside the next handful of years — but the BRZ as properly as its Toyota-branded sibling have already been on the market place for four years. Typical sense suggests that if Subaru planned on pulling the trigger on a more rapidly a single, they possibly would have accomplished it by now. Oh, Hirakawa-san, you didn&#8217t have to lie to us, but why have to the truth hurt so undesirable?

That brings us to New York 2016, where cautious optimism and crippling cynicism have by no means run larger. I don&#8217t know what Subaru has against the greatest city in the world™, but let&#8217s hope there was a mixup of some sort, and this teaser was really for a new Legacy or XV Crosstrek. Or last year&#8217s Impreza. Something will do.

Beyond the image, there&#8217s nonetheless significantly to understand about Subaru&#8217s upcoming sedan and five-door. The company has said it will use a new worldwide platform that nearly doubles rigidity, with a reduced center of gravity and a 40-percent boost in effect energy absorption. Improved handling, security, and interior appointments can surely be anticipated — let&#8217s hope they haven&#8217t forgotten exterior styling, either.

—By: Adam Ismail



March ten, 2016 – Cherry Hill, N.J. – Subaru of America, Inc. announced right now that the all-new 2017 Impreza will debut at the 2016 New York International Auto Show on March 23, 2016.

The Impreza has been totally redesigned inside and out, from upgraded in-car technologies and a a lot more spacious interior to its sleek new body design. The updated model will incorporate signature Subaru functions such as Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and award-winning safety technologies.
Both the sedan and 5-door model will be unveiled at the press conference scheduled for 12:20 p.m. ET on March 23, 2016 at the Subaru show following a speech by Fuji Heavy Industries president &amp CEO, Yasuyuki Yoshinaga.

About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill workplace in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru autos, components and accessories via a network of far more than 620 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For added details go to media.subaru.com.


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