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by George Skentzos

The controversial new generation Impreza has returned for 2008 with a more recognisable profile.

Subaru has now officially released the sedan variant of its all-wheel drive Impreza range – carrying a price tag identical to that of the equivalent model hatch.

 2008 Subaru Impreza sedan launched

Buyers of the Impreza R, RX and RS variants now have the option between either a hatch or sedan without having to take into consideration any price premium.

The sedan model still boasts a five-star crashworthiness rating for occupant safety from ANCAP with Subaru’s Vehicle Dynamics Control stability system standard on all models.

 2008 Subaru Impreza sedan launched

The new generation Impreza has averaged more than 1000 sales per month with year-to-date sales up 12.5 percent – and that’s without a sedan model, until now.

“Impreza is one of Australia’s fastest-growing models of 2008. We can only see that improving with the addition of the naturally aspirated sedan versions.”

The Impreza sedan is 35mm higher with a wheelbase 95mm longer than the previous model which provides extra head and leg room.

 2008 Subaru Impreza sedan launched

The boot space has also increased by 45mm with more useable space thanks to the double wishbone rear suspension, with a split/fold rear seat included for the first time for even greater cargo carrying flexibility.

All naturally aspirated variants offer the choice of five speed manual and four speed SPORTSHIFT automatic transmissions.

2008 Subaru Impreza sedan launched

The turbocharged Impreza WRX sedan is set to make its Australian debut in December along with a new list of options for the RX and RS variants.

Click through to the next page for a gallery of the new Subaru Impreza.