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Tony O'Kane | Oct, 07 2015 | 4 Comments

Subaru will premiere its Impreza Five-door Concept at the Tokyo Motor Show at the end of this month, previewing the next generation of the Japanese automaker's all-wheel drive small hatch.

A pair of teaser sketches show the new Impreza concept will wear more adventurous sheetmetal than the current-generation Impreza hatch, with a front fascia inspired by the sportier Levorg and WRX.

Viewed from the rear three-quarters, the Impreza concept's aggressively-pumped fenders are evident. It appears Subaru is finally re-embracing its rally heritage and adopting sporty stying cues for its grocery-getters once more.

Sharing the limelight on the Subaru stand will be the Viziv Future Concept, a hybrid crossover that uses the base model Levorg's 1.6 litre turbo flat-four and a rear-mounted electric motor.

The Viziv Future Concept also shows the next evolution of Subaru's EyeSight active safety tech, incorporating all-round radar monitoring and high-accuracy GPS and map data to prevent accidents - and enable autonomous driving on highways and car parks.

Is it a harbinger of a future production car? Maybe, though its size and the absence of space for a D-pillar suggests it would be more of an XV replacement rather than a future Forester.

And its compact interior with four individual seats confirms that this concept is fun-sized, not family-sized.

Swap out the rear seats for a conventional folding bench, add a B-pillar and ditch the (cleverly hidden) suicide doors, and you've got a smart replacement for the Impreza-based XV.

However whether that's the plan for the Viziv Future Concept or not remains to be seen. We should find out more once the doors open at the Tokyo Motor Show on October 28.

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