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The next-generation Subaru Impreza hatchback has spotted by our photographers undergoing testing in California.

While the overall shape and many of the details seem to be lifted straight from the current Impreza, which made its debut back in 2011, there are some subtle cues that this is an all-new vehicle.

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Up front, the new Impreza wears a wider set of headlights, possibly featuring the C-shaped graphics seen on recent concept cars. At the rear, the new hatch features tail-lights that extend into the tailgate, like the ones used on the latest-generation Outback.

Along the sides, the car’s window line kicks upwards upwards as it approaches the C-pillar. The prototype rides on taped-up 17-inch alloy wheels shod with 205/50 Firestone FT140 rubber.

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Reports indicate that the new Impreza is the first car to ride on the company’s new common architecture, which will underpin the company’s next-generation of vehicles from the Impreza up to the next-gen Liberty and a potential Tribeca replacement.

The company’s, primarily domestic, offerings in the kei car and sub-compact classes are expected to be sourced from other companies. At present, Subaru’s kei cars are rebadged and lightly styled Suzukis, while it shares the odd sub-compact hatch with Toyota.

It’s understood that production of the new Impreza sedan and hatch will begin some time in 2016.

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A concept car (above) previewing the next-gen Impreza will be unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo motor show, which takes place at the end of October. Earlier this month, Subaru issued two sketches of the upcoming preview concept car.

Subaru will also display a concept that previews the next-generation Forester at the show.




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