Next-gen Subaru Impreza will ape 5-Door Concept looks – both sedan and hatch confirmed for 2017


So it looks like the rather dashing Subaru Impreza 5-Door Concept, which was unveiled at the start of the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, will indeed preview the looks of the next-generation Subaru Impreza. What’s even better is that the bold, futuristic design theme employed by said concept will be applied onto both the sedan and hatch variations of the upcoming Impreza.

The pair has been confirmed to debut in 2017 and will lead the charge as part of Subaru’s next-generation strategic vehicles under Fuji Heavy Industries’ Mid-Term Management Vision “Prominence 2020” outlook. “Customers view the current Impreza [design approach] very much with a safety image [though] not with a fun image,” explained Manoru Ishii, Subaru’s design and advanced product planning manager, to CarAdvice.


However, it remains unknown as to whether or not the Subaru Impreza 5-Door Concept was built on the on the forthcoming platform that will underpin the new Impreza. Also, Ishii has refrained from commenting if the new ‘Dynamic and Solid’ design language will be applied to an estate version of the Impreza. “No, no, no – at this stage there’s no other body style [in consideration],” he said.

On a separate note, prototypes of the next-gen Impreza have already begun making their rounds on public roads, as proven in several spyshots obtained by our photographers. As for what’s powering the prototypes, rumour has it that the new Impreza is expected to soldier on with the same 1.6 litre and 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated flat-four engines as well as the 170 PS 1.6 litre DIT mill from the Subaru Levorg.

GALLERY: Next-generation Subaru Impreza spyshots

GALLERY: Subaru Impreza 5-Door Concept in Tokyo

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Gregory Sze

An “actor” by training, Gregory Sze realised that he has had enough of drama in his life. Following his number one passion (acting was actually number two), he decided to make the jump into the realm of automotive journalism. He appreciates the simple things in life – a simple car with nothing but back-to-basics mechanical engineering and minimal electronics on board.




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