Subaru has released the first details of the new Impreza 5-Door Concept that it unveiled today at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.
Acknowledged by the company to be a preview of the all-new 2017 Subaru Impreza hatchback, the concept features a "blend of bold expressions of Subaru's Dynamic & Solid elements, and a quality feel beyond its class," according to the announcement.
The design hints at not only the next-generation Impreza but also at future Subaru models. With the Legacy sedan and Outback wagon just refreshed for the 2015 model year, the next new Subaru is likely to be a seven-seat larger crossover utility vehicle, followed by the new Impreza.
The Impreza 5-Door Concept has character lines along its body sides, along with the characteristic Subaru hexagonal grille and headlights in the brand's "hawk-eye" shape. Large wheels, typical of a show car, and strong fender flares "express the reliability of Subaru All-Wheel Drive," the designers say.
Subaru Impreza 5-Door Concept, 2015 Tokyo Motor Show
The new Impreza design has more rounded surfaces and appears to have a more descending roofline than the current, square-cut model. The concept Impreza being shown in Tokyo will also spawn a new generation of the very successful XV Crosstrek crossover utility vehicle, likely a year or two after the Impreza itself launches late in 2016.
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The new Impreza will be the first compact Subaru built in the company's Indiana assembly plant. That site has built Legacies and Outbacks for a quarter of a century, and with Subaru taking over the rest of plant—it previously built Toyota Camrys—the company is adding production for both Impreza and Crosstrek compact cars and the new seven-seat crossover as well.
Our first take on the Impreza 5-Door concept is that it has some resemblance to the current Mazda 3 hatchback. And at the press event, it became clear that at this point, it's a styling exercise only. Subaru gave no details of the powertrain or any features, and the sole specifications were limited to its dimensions, the wheels (19 inches), and the seating capacity: five people.
For more details, expect the actual 2017 Subaru Impreza to be unveiled roughly a year from now. In the meantime, see what else is at the Tokyo Motor Show by visiting our dedicated hub.