Tweaks to the design up front are accompanied by some new pieces of technology.
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The facelifted Subaru Impreza hatch and sedan have been unveiled in Japan.

It's a fairly subtle update with the front bumper being smoothed out and featuring fewer styling details, while the grille also looks to be a little shorter than before.

The fog light pods and lower air intake have been unified into one wide blacked-out section. On higher grade models the bottom corners are dressed up with chrome highlights.

At the rear the tail-lights seem to be a little bit shinier on the sedan and a little darker on the hatch, but the overall design remains untouched. Some new alloy wheel designs are available throughout the Japanese range.

Inside the cabin the only changes we can pick out are a few extra pieces of piano black plastic, especially around the air conditioning controls, and brighter faux metal highlights.

Subaru says the Impreza's "driving quality has been improved", although it doesn't detail how this has been achieved.

For the Japanese market the Eyesight Touring safety package is now standard throughout the entire Impreza range.

Features now available in Japan include automatic high-beam, a parking camera located in the front grille, wing mirrors which automatically dip when in reverse gear, and memory settings for the mirrors and seats.

Japanese buyers can again choose from two naturally-aspirated four-cylinder boxer petrol motors: a 85kW/148Nm 1.6-litre, and a 113kW/196Nm 2.0-litre direct-injection unit.

Australia

The updated Impreza is available now in Japan. Given recent history we think the car may arrive in Australia some time during the first quarter of 2020.