Subaru has whipped the covers off its Impreza five-door hatch concept at the Tokyo Motor Show today, flaunting a sharper, crisper design that shines a light on the Japanese automaker's future design direction.
The concept car isn't too far removed from the concept sketch that was released a few weeks ago, though the proportions are naturally less exaggerated.
The flared front and rear wheelarches hint at Subaru's rally-bred heritage, while the car's winged grille is a homage to parent company Fuji Heavy Industries' history as an aircraft manufacturer.
It's a much fresher, more dynamic design than the current model. Has Subaru finally rediscovered its mojo? The appearance of this concept is a promising sign.
Measuring 4400mm long, 1800mm wide and 1440mm tall, the Impreza hatch concept is marginally shorter, substantially wider and a smidge shorter than the current-generation Impreza hatch.
The 19-inch alloys, however, are unlikely to make it down the production line.
Subaru isn't going into specifics regarding engines just yet, but the company specifies that it is - like most other Subarus - AWD.
In addition to the usual range of naturally-aspirated engines, it's likely that the next-generation Impreza will also feature Subaru's low-displacement 1.6 litre turbo flat-four - already in use by the Subaru Levorg wagon.
A hybrid variant using an all-electric rear axle would also likely be part of the product plan, though perhaps not for the Australian market.
Clarity on powertrains should arrive in the near future, however, with the all-new Impeza expected to debut sometime next year.
Elsewhere on the Subaru stand at Tokyo is the Viziv Future Concept (above), a hybrid four-door crossover that uses the base model Levorg's 1.6 litre turbo flat-four and a rear-mounted electric motor.
With a high-riding body but compact proportions, the Viziv Concept may preview the Subaru XV's replacement. For now though, Subaru describes it as a technology demonstrator.
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