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Mike Stevens | Jul 4, 2011

Subaru's all-new 2012 Impreza range made its local debut at this week's Australian International Motor Show, marking the right-hand-drive version's first appearance anywhere in the world.

Australian buyers hoping for pricing and sale dates will be disappointed however: Subaru has yet to offer any word on a local launch schedule for the brand-new Impreza models. A late 2011 or early 2012 debut is expected however.

The 2012 Impreza will be available in both sedan and hatch form, with all models powered by the 2.0 litre version of Subaru's new third-generation boxer engine.

Producing 110kW and 196Nm of torque, output remains unchanged from the current engine. Subaru however promises significant improvements in fuel consumption, although figures have yet to be released.

The new 2.0 litre engine will be paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or - for the first time in the Impreza - Subaru's newly-updated Lineartronic CVT automatic transmission.

Models equipped with the CVT transmission also feature a six-speed manual mode with steering wheel paddle shifters.

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Subaru Australia has also used the AIMS event to showcase its new EyeSight technology, which uses a compact unit of small stereo cameras located near the rear-view mirror, designed to trigger a number of advanced active, passive and preventative systems when a hazard is detected.

The EyeSight system is expected to debut on Australian-delivered Liberty and Outback models later this year.

Subaru's 2012 Impreza-based XV concept is also on display at Subaru's AIMS stand, offering buyers a glimpse at a potential new XV crossover in the next-generation Impreza range.

Among the concept's XV-specific features are an unpainted black lower bumper and black wheel arch guards, along with metallic roof rails.

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