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Looks like Subaru is missing the mark.

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by Jake Lingeman, November 19, 2015

This car IS heading to dealerships, we just don’t know when

Subaru dropped another Impreza concept on us at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday. The company says it will be the first example of its next-generation vehicles, which will be using a modular platform.

We’ve seen this concept evolve for a few years now. We first saw the WRX concept in New York in 2013, then we saw the five-door Impreza concept in Tokyo earlier this month. With each showing the car gets a little bit closer to production.

The new Impreza wears the company’s “Dynamic x Solid” design language, which Subaru says “not only hints at the new Impreza design, but also future models.”

We don’t have too much to go on here. Subaru says it improved aero performance by blending style and function; the front gets the hawk-eye headlights and a hexagonal grille, the flared fenders increase the visual width and 19-inch wheels sit flush with the wheel arches. In back, character lines flow to the taillights, which now share the same basic styling as the headlights.

The new Impreza concept is about an inch shorter in length than the current car, an inch and a half wider and the roofline is a half inch lower. It gains one inch in wheelbase as well.

Subaru just revamped the engine lineup for the Impreza/WRX/STI family, so we’d assume the Impreza will continue with a 2.0-liter, 148-hp four and all-wheel drive. WRX and STI models will get turbocharged fours making either 268 hp or 305 hp.

We asked Subaru about when we might actually see this car in production -- we’ll update when we hear back.

New Subaru Impreza concept at the 2015 LA Auto Show
 

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Knowing Subaru, it will make it to dealerships looking "just like the concept"....



Oh wait. Yeah, we weren't actually going to BUILD that car. Bwahahahahahaa LOLZ! Here ya go, same car, same old engine, give us your money, shut up and go home.
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Yeah, we weren't actually going to BUILD that car. Bwahahahahahaa LOLZ! Here ya go, same car, same old engine, give us your money, shut up and go home.
I wouldn't even be in the market right now for an RS if Subaru had released a proper STI hatchback with a non-dinosaur engine when they did the model rework a couple years ago.
 

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I wouldn't even be in the market right now for an RS if Subaru had released a proper STI hatchback with a non-dinosaur engine when they did the model rework a couple years ago.
Same here, Subaru is losing sales due to their dated engine, they need to crank it up to at least 350 HP now for me to even consider buying one in the future.
 

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Once again subaru punches you in the face with their like it or don't styling. This time they knocked me out.........of subaru.........to a ford.
 

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Who knows - maybe Subie has learned their lesson after the brutal pasting they took when they betrayed the promise of their last WRX concept. (But I wouldn't count on it.)

While competitive in performance, the STI seems a different class of car to me due to its larger size - it's 8" longer, and even though it's no wider or taller it subjectively feels much more massive from the driver's seat, more like a Mustang. If I wanted something that big I'd get the new Camaro.
 

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Who knows - maybe Subie has learned their lesson after the brutal pasting they took when they betrayed the promise of their last WRX concept. (But I wouldn't count on it.)

While competitive in performance, the STI seems a different class of car to me due to its larger size - it's 8" longer, and even though it's no wider or taller it subjectively feels much more massive from the driver's seat, more like a Mustang. If I wanted something that big I'd get the new Camaro.
If you don't trust me, ask my gf; 8 inches is nothing...
 

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Who knows - maybe Subie has learned their lesson after the brutal pasting they took when they betrayed the promise of their last WRX concept. (But I wouldn't count on it.)

While competitive in performance, the STI seems a different class of car to me due to its larger size - it's 8" longer, and even though it's no wider or taller it subjectively feels much more massive from the driver's seat, more like a Mustang. If I wanted something that big I'd get the new Camaro.
Beyond enthusiasts knowledgeable about Subarus EJ series engines in the STI, these sentiments will hit the less knowledgeable, day-to-day consumer.

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I wouldn't even be in the market right now for an RS if Subaru had released a proper STI hatchback with a non-dinosaur engine when they did the model rework a couple years ago.
That makes 2 of us. I searched all over for an older hatch, but finally figured I didn't want to go into an engine grenading cycle. More fun to drive the car, and throw engines in it every year or so.
 

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That makes 2 of us. I searched all over for an older hatch, but finally figured I didn't want to go into an engine grenading cycle. More fun to drive the car, and throw engines in it every year or so.
I can't think about older WRXs without the words 'ringland failure' haunting my dreams.
 

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I wouldn't even be in the market right now for an RS if Subaru had released a proper STI hatchback with a non-dinosaur engine when they did the model rework a couple years ago.
I love the new body style. I love the new chassis. But the EJ needs to go. At this point the only real reason I can see someone choosing an STI over an RS is availability.


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