2012 SUBARU IMPREZA
Subaru has released a single but revealing teaser image for the all-new 2012 Impreza Sedan today, ahead of its unveiling at the New York Auto Show later this month.
For 2012, the Impreza is bypassing the usual mid-life facelift and heading straight into new model territory. And while the current line-up kicked off as a hatch-only offering, the new Impeza family will feature sedan and hatch variants from the outset.
From the new Impreza's profile, it is clear that Subaru's next-generation small car is inspired by the Impreza Design Concept revealed in November last year.
At the rear, the 2012 Impreza's tail-lights extend into the rear quarter panel, while the C-pillar, wheel arches and belt line all point to a close link with the larger Liberty. It is likely that the rear and front ends will reveal a similar influence.
Technical details have yet to be revealed, although the new Impreza line-up will undoubtedly draw power from Subaru's new third-generation boxer engine, already driving petrol models in the 2011 Forester range.
As with the current Impreza range, an all-wheel-drive platform has also been confirmed for the next-generation model.
“We are very excited about the amazing stylish new Impreza, which will not only broaden Subaru’s appeal significantly, but offer a new level of interior quality, technology and the safety for which we’re famed,” Subaru Australia Managing Director Nick Senior said.
Launch dates for the new Impreza have yet to be revealed, although a first or second quarter Australian launch in 2012 is likely.