By on January 19, 2011

Fuji Heavy will delight its Subaru clientele with a full redesign of its Subaru Impreza. After four years, the car got a bit long in the sprockets. Launch is scheduled for this year, says The Nikkei [sub].

The Impreza Mk4 will have a new transverse mounted engine. Simultaneously with its Japanese launch, the new Impreza will be exported to the U.S., Europe and China. A crossover version,  is slated for the near future.

Subaru also has plans for a rear-wheel-drive sports car developed with Toyota. This is expected in 2012. According to The Nikkei, Subaru attempts to “cultivate a sporty brand image in China and other developing countries.”

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19 Comments on “Subaru Wants To Impreza You...”


  • avatar
    TEXN3

    I’ll miss the frameless windows on my next Subaru purchase…always loved them and always had them (79 Cutlass, 90 Integra, 07 Outback, 98 TL). Anyways, looking forward to seeing how this car will do and I assume it’ll have the new Forester boxer.

    Check out that 56(?) Chevy in the background…love the color! I have a GMC by Matchbox in the same color. I prefer these trucks over the 56 Fords.

  • avatar
    JKC

    Another #$%# crossover? Please…. how about a wagon. You know, the kind of cars that put Subaru on the map…

    • 0 avatar
      TEXN3

      That is a wagon, an Impreza wagon is pretty short…not seeing any crossover here. Dimensionally, it’s about the same as the current Impreza.

      The crossover version will be the Forester, as it always has been.

    • 0 avatar
      grzydj

      Crossover possibly means Forester replacement/refresh?
       
      No word about updated gearbox or move up to the 5 speed auto or CVT? As far as this new Impreza is concerned, I don’t think it’s going to be a brand new design, rather a significant overall of the current car, which shares most of its underpinnings with the Legacy.

    • 0 avatar
      psarhjinian

      “Crossover” in Subaru parlance means either the Forester, or the Impreza Outback (which is a slightly lifted Impreza with cladding and light-truck tires).
       
      I wouldn’t worry, I really wouldn’t.

  • avatar
    segfault

    Since the new Legacy is more like the Camry, will the Impreza Mk3 be more like the Corolla?

  • avatar
    djsyndrome

    “The Impreza Mk3″

    Uh, the current Impreza is the third one. GC->GD->GE->Whatever that thing is above.

    Also, highly doubt an all-new one is coming this soon.  This is the company that kept the last two generations going for seven-plus years apiece.

    • 0 avatar
      TEXN3

      No different than any other company.

    • 0 avatar
      Advance_92

      I was about to say the same thing as an owner of a ‘MkII’ wagon.  I don’t have a problem with holding a good design for a while (shades of Volvo 240), and I loved how modular Subaurs in general used to be.  With limited resources and only three products the overlap between Imprezas, Legacies and Foresters gave owners a lot of options when it came to parts and accessories.

  • avatar
    Bytor

    WTH is a Horizontally mounted engine??? Do you mean transverse???
     
    If so I am done. That means a switch to a FWD layout and some goofy slip/catch AWD afterthought.
     
     

    • 0 avatar
      TEXN3

      I would like to assume it means the new horizontally-opposed engine the 2011 Forester is receiving.

      I have to agree about being done…at the same time, I’m in no need for a new vehicle for a long time and if I am I’ll be paying cash on a 3-4 year old car (which were the best years for the Legacy/Outback). And maybe an H6 this time.

    • 0 avatar
      grzydj

      I’m starting to think that Bertel is going the Jalopnik route of copying and pasting articles without doing any kind of research first.

  • avatar
    philadlj

    The current Impreza looked outdated when it came out; in fact, previous-gen Imprezas look fresher. It was a horrible design. The more they deviate from it in the next gen, the better, IMO.

  • avatar
    sitting@home

    While it’s commendable that the Impreza isn’t bloating like every other vehicle on the market, Subaru seem to have an endless supply of ugly sticks to beat their designs with.

    • 0 avatar
      Acc azda atch

      Look at the generations of Imprezas..
       
      Talk about bloat.. the current one and the last one.. its virturally a FULLSIZE difference! Im not pleased with Legacy.. being a ugly as hell looking car.

      Its still a sedan.. that’s JACKED, with a stretch out back, making it LONGER than a ESCAPE, yet a little bit shorter in height and Id bet much more sure-footed.

  • avatar
    Darth Lefty

    Bugeyes forever!
     
    Now that’s out of my system… when time comes in a few years to replace my trusty mine-since-new ’02 WRX, I wonder if there will still be one.  The present model was attractive up until this year when they pasted all the STI styling gubbins on it and it became gauche.  But in the same time scale we will see the release of the Toyobaru, and the current WRX is only good because they screwed it up the first year and people cared enough to want them to fix it.
     
    I’m not too worried that “horizontally mounted” means “transverse.” That would make it not a Subaru.  The H4/H6 and VW-layout transmission is a far more distinctive part of the brand than their forgettable or willfully ugly styling.  What I really want to see whe I go shopping is DI and/or better VVT than what they presently run.  Their engine tech is a good ways behind, and other companies are getting better mileage and more power out of the same amount of engine.

    • 0 avatar
      Advance_92

      Sadly the engine design means their only reference for implementing DI and other new tech is Porsche.  Though a mechanic friend of mine swears the six speed from the early US STI is very similar to a Porsche box of the same vintage.
      That said I love the simplicity of my 05.

  • avatar
    WRC555

    The loss of 30% cargo capacity for the post 2005 wagons have really un-impressed me. Oh, they call it 5-door hatchbacks, now.


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