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The all-new 2012 Subaru Impreza is set for an official unveiling on April 21 at the New York International Auto Show.

The mighty Impreza has been a very popular model for the Japanese brand and the first few months of 2011 have seen its market share of the small car segment increase from around five percent (2010) to almost eight percent (March 2011). Subaru says the new 2012 model will be a completely new design for both sedan and hatch styles.

Apart from a completely new exterior, the interior is set to offer more space and significant advances in refinement. The Japanese company will also introduce a range of technological advances with the new Impreza (of which no detail is currently available).

For those of you who just can’t wait, the exact time of the unveil is 3:05 am AEST on April 21. CarAdvice will be in New York to cover the Impreza launch so you can check back then for more details. Alternatively, subaru.com.au is also set to offer images and more information at that time.

If it looks anything like the Impreza Design Concept we saw the Los Angeles Motor Show, it will more than likely be a looker.

Although the only image officially released so far is a side-view, based on the concept we can speculate that the new Impreza will be less rounded and more muscular in its stance. We can only imagine what the WRX and STI variants will look like!

Subaru Australia is yet to confirm an official release date for the new Impreza, but Nick Senior, Managing Director, said:

“We are very excited about the amazing stylish new Impreza, which will not only broaden Subaru’s appeal significantly, but offer a new level of interior quality, technology and the safety for which we’re famed.”