Well it has been a tough few days for Subaru, with leaked pictures, after leaked pictures surfacing on the internet, Subaru Australia as well as Subaru America decided to release details of the 2008 Impreza range as of today.
Originally the idea was to keep the new generation All-Wheel Drive Impreza a secret until the New York International Auto Show. However once the pictures started going around the internet, there was no point.
The new car is perhaps one of the uglier Impreza's ever built. Australian WRX fans have been debating the look of the new Impreza for the last few days and from what we can gather, Mitsubishi better have some extra supply of the Evo Xs and GSRs ready.
“This third generation Impreza is a quantum leap in the key areas of design, engineering, safety and quality. We will have important advances in engine technology, overall specification, safety and style. Each Impreza variant will offer a convincing package in the quality and value for money equation.”Nick Senior, Managing Director, Subaru Australia, said:
Subaru says that this is the roomiest-ever Impreza. Initial launch for the car will be as a five-door hatch in Australia in September, with four-door sedan versions to follow a whole year later! In other words, we are not going to get a Sedan WRX till early 2008!
WRX fans don't need to worry, because apart from the horrid looks, Subaru hasn't really messed around too much with the formula that made the rex an icon. As for the STi? Don't let these pictures fool you, Subaru insists that for once, the STi won't simply be an addition of more body kits and stuck on parts.
The STi is not due for public display for several more months. Subaru says that the new generation STI will have much greater external and internal differentiation from the WRX, with performance credentials comparable to some of the world's best premium performance brands.
Of course, all Imprezas feature Subaru’s famed symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system, combined with horizontally opposed boxer engines (to give that iconic burble), offering optimum balance and control in all driving conditions.
Subaru has redesigned the interior of the Impreza, one of the current GB series Impreza's weakest points– cabin detail includes the use of high quality plastics and materials in line with Subaru’s reputation as a premium Japanese brand.
For many years Impreza has enjoyed a fine reputation for resale value and reliability. This will only be enhanced with a sophisticated new style that will broaden its appeal as a premium Japanese small car in the Australian market.” Nick Senior, Managing Director, Subaru Australia, said:
To squash all rumours - Subaru has confirmed that the Impreza WRX is lighter than the current version while producing more torque at lower revs, resulting in smoother power delivery, improved drivability, fuel efficiency and lower emissions. The U.S. WRX produces maximum torque 800 rpm earlier than the current car. Australian specifications are still not confirmed, but the WRX has been sighted testing in Victoria.
High tension steel is used at key structural points on all Imprezas, enhancing rigidity and ride comfort. The longer wheelbases aid ride dynamics, improve interior space and reduce noise vibration and harshness (NVH).
Impreza engines also sit slightly lower in the chassis, in turn lowering the centre of gravity. Naturally aspirated engines in Australian Imprezas will differ from U.S. versions. All Imprezas feature new double-wishbone rear suspension. There’s less intrusion into the cargo area, producing a wider and deeper luggage compartment. The suspension also benefits NVH.
Inside, Impreza has a sweeping twin-cockpit design with aluminium-style highlights. Headroom is improved and shoulder room is also up five centimetres. Framed windows are introduced on Impreza, also enhancing body rigidity and NVH.
Lets just hope the STi variant looks a little less like a Toyota Camry, and a little more like the angry WRX that all Subaru fans long for.