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The 2015 Subaru Impreza Sport Hybrid has been revealed for the Japanese market. Subaru’s second “fun-to-drive” hybrid model (the XV Hybrid was the first) will go on sale in its homeland on July 10 – no word on whether or not the model will be introduced for other markets.

While the Impreza Sport Hybrid looks set to retain most of the styling cues adopted on its conventionally-powered siblings, it adds on a restyled front fascia that lends it a more sporty outlook while the stylised side sills help add to its physical appearances. Elsewhere, the 17-inch wheels are now shod with thicker 215/50 tyres over the normal variant’s 205/50 setup.

At the rear, a tailgate spoiler is included along with LED combination rear lamps with subtly revised graphics. As for the interior, blue accents are featured exclusively on the hybrid model along with gloss black and silver highlights. In the higher-spec ‘S’ variant, the seats are trimmed in dual-tone Ultrasuede material – the driver and front passenger seats are electrically-operated in the ‘S’ model.

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So while changes on the exterior and interior remain relatively subdued, things get a whole lot more interesting under the skin. As expected, a 2.0 litre boxer-four engine sits under the bonnet, this time coupled to an electric motor. The combination is mated to a Lineartronic CVT with a hybrid drive motor. Power, of course, gets sent to all four wheels via the marque’s trademark Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system.

The entire drivetrain has been optimised to provide “smooth acceleration and low fuel consumption.” Furthermore, the batteries, inverter and DC converter are packaged as a single unit beneath the boot to ensure that cargo capacity is not compromised. Sadly, Subaru has refused to release performance figures for the Impreza Sport Hybrid – a JC08-cycle fuel consumption figure of 20.4 km/l was divulged, though.

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Aside from that, the Subaru Impreza Sport Hybrid, in both base and ‘S’ trim, is equipped with the marque’s second-generation EyeSight driver assistance feature. Said system is able to read the road ahead and, coupled to the Eco-Cruise Control function, fully utilise the car’s regenerative braking system.

The Subaru Impreza Sport Hybrid will go on sale in Japan with prices starting at ¥2,505,600 (RM75,613) for the entry-level model. The fancier ‘S’ variant carries a price tag of ¥2,635,200 (RM79,524).