Subaru Impreza hatchback

The new 2017 Subaru Impreza hatch is inching closer to production, it seems – the fifth generation of Fuji Heavy Industries’ breadwinning C-segment contender has been spotted again by our spy photographers in the United States.

While the development prototype is still heavily disguised, these new photos do show the car’s proportions a bit better. The new Impreza does look to be quite a bit longer than the rather compact current model – even though the 5-Door Concept shown in Tokyo last year was shorter than the current car – with the hatch gaining an almost Lexus CT-like look.

As for the design, not much can be seen through all that cladding, but it does look to be sharper than the current Impreza, with hawk-eye headlights that are reminiscent to those fitted to the high-performance WRX and WRX STI models. Cutouts in the cladding also show that the deep contours along the flanks, seen on the 5-Door Concept as well as the Sedan Concept on display at LA, have been retained.

Subaru Impreza hatchback

At the rear, one can spot clear-lens C-shaped tail lights – another similarity with the concept, although the design does appear to be more conventional on the actual car. This particular unit also looks to be wearing rather large 18-inch wheels off the previous-generation Legacy (the previously-spied mule was wearing 17-inch items instead).

The next-generation Subaru Impreza is scheduled to debut in 2017 and will form part of the company’s Mid-Term Management Vision “Prominence 2020” strategic vehicle plan. No further details have been disclosed about the car pertaining to its platform, although it is said to adopt the new Subaru Global Platform.

The same can be said of the powertrain that will be utilised, but expect the existing 115 PS 1.6 litre and 150 PS 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated flat-four engines as well as the 150 PS Sport Hybrid model to be retained, while the Levorg‘s 170 PS 1.6 litre Direct Injection Turbo (DIT) should be incorporated as well. Expect manual transmissions or a Lineartronic CVT to be offered.

GALLERY: Subaru Impreza 5-Door Concept
GALLERY: Subaru Impreza Sedan Concept