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by Tim Beissmann

Subaru has pulled the biggest surprise of the Los Angeles Auto Show so far with the world premiere of the Subaru Impreza Design Concept.

The sleek four-door coupe-style sedan previews the marque’s new “Confidence in Motion” design strategy, and Subaru has proudly admitted that the concept hints strongly at a future model.

Often criticised for its frumpy, overstyled designs, Subaru has arguably taken the best parts of its current language and remodeled the rest from scratch. The hexagonal grille with its “spread-wing” central line leads to aggressive, hawk-like front lights, bolstered by large lower cutouts and fin-shaped fog lamps.

The concept’s clean profile will be busied up by mirrors and door handles for production, although the rear lights, with their sharp edges and deep red lenses are a must keep.

Inside, the instrument panel integrates seamlessly with the door trim and armrests, while the platinum leather four-seat layout gives the interior a spacious and sophisticated appearance.

The large central touchscreen display incorporates audio, navigation and vehicle information functions, while touch panels on the leather-wrapped steering wheel give the driver even easier control access.

The Impreza Design Concept is more than just a design; with a fully functioning 2.0-litre naturally aspirated Boxer engine and CVT transmission representing Subaru’s next generation powertrain. The marque’s symmetrical all-wheel drive system is naturally at the heart of the concept’s underpinnings.

Also new is a driver assist system called “EyeSight”, which features a camera on the front edge of the roof. The images are relayed to a monitor in the instrument panel to enhance driver visibility, and the entire system is also networked with Subaru’s latest collision prevention technology for improved safety.




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