At the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, the Japanese carmaker unveiled the Subaru Impreza Concept, a concept car meant to preview the next generation Impreza, which has been Subaru’s global compact car since 1992.
The concept follows Subaru’s recent “Confidence in Motion” design philosophy and it also wants to join the very popular “four-door coupe” trend. On the exterior, the design is marked by “a hexagonal grille with spread wings in the center and hawk eye-style headlights”. Also, according to Subaru, “the front view previews a new direction for the brand’s design, with the hood, grille and headlights designed to project three-dimensional character”, whatever that means.
Like we said, the concept follows the new Subaru design strategy, which first debut on the new Subaru Legacy and, beside the front design elements mentioned above, also feature aerodynamically shaped front and rear bumper corners, rear diffuser and rear deck, plus an unique sharp-edged taillamp design and light five-twin-spoke aluminium wheels. The Impreza Concept comes in the Sky Silver exterior finish, Subaru mentioning that “suggests a silver tone to be used on the next generation of Subaru vehicles”, like there isn’t a carmaker that used silver as a standard color. Anyway, overall, the concept looks pretty good and if the Japanese will be able to keep the production version close to this one, there’s a bright future ahead for the Impreza.
As expected on a concept car, the interior is pretty futuristic, following Subaru’s so-called “Dynamic, Enticing, Secure” theme, featuring platinum-colored leather for the front and rear seats with dark blue piping and double stitching. The central dashboard incorporates all the usual functions such as navigation, audio system and vehicle information, all these through a set of great looking touch panels. The interior’s fine look is completed by the “platinum leather-wrapped steering wheel features D-shaped spokes set off by piano-black center sections” and steering-wheel mounted touch panel controls.
Beside the design cues of the next generation Impreza, this concept also shows Subaru’s latest Boxer engine, with the Impreza Concept being powered by a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated petrol powerplant with Lineartronic Continously Variable Transmission (CVT). The 2.5-liter version is under the new 2011 Forester’s bonnet. And that’s not all, because Subaru’s concept also features their EyeSight system, consisting of a roof mounted camera which transmits images to the central console. Beside the fact that the driver has a larger picture of what’s going on in front of the car, the system also incorporates collision-preventing technology, aimed at increasing the passenger’s safety.
The Subaru Impreza Concept will be on show at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show and, after general feedback, we’re expecting to see a production version pretty quick.