The all-new 2016 Subaru Impreza, only recently previewed as a sleek hatch concept at the Tokyo motor show, has been spied testing in sedan form this week.

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That recent concept hasn’t been our only preview of Subaru’s new small car, however, with earlier spy photos revealing a few clues of the hatch model’s final shape.

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In both cases, sedan and hatch alike, the overall styling revealed here - albeit in heavy camouflage - confirms that despite Subaru’s claim that the wide and low-slung Impreza concept is a genuine preview of what’s to come, the final product will clearly take on more practical proportions.

Nonetheless, these latest images hint at a more flowing shape to the new Impreza sedan’s roofline, joined at both ends by a sloping bonnet and a short rear deck.

Finer styling point remain tightly under wraps, although Subaru’s design and product planning chief Manoru Ishii told CarAdvice last week that a look more sporting than the awkward details of the current model is on the cards.

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“Customers view the current Impreza [design approach] very much with a safety image [though] not with a fun image. The next Impreza needs to be more emotional,” Ishii said.

“[it] needs to be fun, sportier and [stylistically] faster. More dynamism.”

Watch for the new Impreza to make its global debut in the coming year.