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jje172
12-28-2004, 04:06 PM
Well, here it is...let the arguments commence!<p><IMG SRC="http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/picture_library/dir_35/car_portal_pic_17827.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">SCOOBY GOES WILD AGAIN <p>It's had controversial facelifts before - now, the Subaru Impreza is at it again! Exclusive pictures in the current issue of Auto Express magazine (issue 838 readers the world's first glimpse of the future of the high-performance legend. This is the Japanese company's top-secret revamped Impreza, which will take the fight to the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII when it appears in showrooms late in 2005. <p>Seen in the mag in top-of-the-range WRX STi guise, the heavily revised machine is more striking than ever. Not since the much-criticised bug-eye model of 2000 has Subaru chosen such a radical face for its rally-bred thriller. There's no doubt that the latest Scooby will divide opinion among performance car enthusiasts across the globe. <p>The newcomer takes its styling inspiration from the B11S and B9 Scrambler concepts, revealed at the 2003 Geneva and Tokyo Motor Shows respectively. Its key feature is a distinctive oval-shaped grille. Complete with Legacy-style headlamps, the fresh nose gives the Impreza a more imposing front aspect, and is intended to provide buyers with a characterful alternative to the Mitsubishi. <p>While the B11S had a coup body and the B9 was a roadster, the Impreza will keep its familiar four-door bodyshell, with only a mild restyle in profile. At the rear, the light clusters have been revamped, while new bumpers emphasise the sports exhaust and give the car a muscular finish. <p>But don't be fooled into thinking the revisions go no further than just another new look. Engineers are also working on a number of modifications in a bid to enhance the Impreza's already impressive driving experience. The most obvious change will come under the bonnet, where a new turbocharger will be fitted to produce more power. <p>Recent amendments to the law in Japan mean Imprezas sold in their home market will no longer have to be limited to 280bhp. That has enabled the firm to give the facelifted STi variant around 320bhp in basic trim. As with the current model, once the fresh Impreza is imported into the UK, the 2.0-litre flat four-cylinder powerplant can be tuned to deliver an even higher output. <p>Following the recent launch of Mitsubishi's 405bhp Lancer Evo VIII FQ-400, the Impreza has fallen behind in the all-wheel-drive power struggle. Once the new model arrives, expect engineering firm Prodrive to come up with a tuning pack to boost the Impreza to at least 400bhp. Chassis modifications are also likely to allow owners to make full use of the Driver's Control Centre Differential (DCCD), which is fitted as standard to the current Impreza STi. Expect minor changes to the suspension and steering to keep the Subaru competitive with its newest rivals in the performance class. <p>Despite the improvements, prices are tipped to be similar to those of the existing version, as Subaru ensures the model remains only a small step above the new breed of flagship hot hatches, led by Volkswagen's 20,495 Golf GTI. The facelifted Impreza is likely to weigh in at around the same price as the VW, with the storming STi variant expected to cost about 4,500 more. <p>Official launch details and schedules are still under wraps, but our sources in Japan say the facelifted model will go on sale in Japan late in 2005. UK-spec cars are set to arrive early in 2006.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>cheers<br>JJ<p><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Santeno at 11:22 AM 12/29/2004</i>

taskbearer
12-29-2004, 01:05 AM
first impression is Euugh! and Uuuuugly!, but we would have to wait for official pictures before final verdivt is given<br>

Achilles
12-30-2004, 11:58 PM
the new auto express "photos" are photoshopped images, not a real car.

Top Secret
12-31-2004, 01:01 AM
Of course; it is obvious, even with such a small picture. Anyway, yes, I too think the new Impreza's will have the new 'corporate' grille, and funnily enough, even after absolutely puking at the sight of the B9, it doesn't actually look that bad in that particular chop.

Reppu
12-31-2004, 03:13 AM
I think that those Legacy headlights doesn't fit to the car. If this turns to be the real thing, i say that some of the chops we've seen are much better (as usual).

Rugbyplaya91
01-01-2005, 06:24 PM
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kevinb120
01-02-2005, 02:41 PM
I am not a huge fan of the hopped up econo box, and actually hate the wrx(standard version) after dealing with several that were mechanical nightmares from being a mickey-mouse car. The evo is of such poor build quality its no wonder Mistsu does everything they can to void and flag customer's warranties on them. The Sti on the other hand, is well thought out and mechanically well executed. I think they would sell more of them by toning down the boy-racer look a little bit. The legacy has really become a nice automobile and doesn't look so damn, well, subaru-ish. I have contemplated buying an Sti several times and the rediculous looks of the car keep me from owning one. Hopefully they will go the other way with styling on the new model instead of more over the top. The car is over $30k and tends to be in a price range more suited to more 'mature' buyers(i.e. not so inclined to prove thier testostorone with wings and scoops and gold wheels) , they should put all the silly plastic on the $22k wrx and upscale the Sti a little more. Hi performance BMW's have never needed picnic tables on the trunklid to sell.

ricerammer
01-02-2005, 03:02 PM
just wait. In a few years these things will litter KU. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/pukeface.gif" BORDER="0">

kevinb120
01-02-2005, 03:23 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Top Secret</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Of course; it is obvious, even with such a small picture. Anyway, yes, I too think the new Impreza's will have the new 'corporate' grille, and funnily enough, even after absolutely puking at the sight of the B9, it doesn't actually look that bad in that particular chop.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>If that IS the way they go it will look like a (non-selling) Mitsu crossover suv front end with a psuedo-Bugatti grille center thrown in. Something like Kia would do. I sometimes sell Subaru's(we are a three-make dealership) and Subaru buyers are like Volvo buyers. They tend to buy them every 300k miles, and the most likely buyers to ask specifically for the color 'beige'. The WRX/STI are one of the few cars they have that get 'conquest' sales from other makers. Making it THAT obnoxious may be enough to turn away buyers drawn to the Sti's stigma, but making it any goofier looking may be enough to make people walk away from them. Again, Sti buyers are a little 'older' then the average boy-racer, they want performance but want leather and some class to the car. There is a reason most Sti's sell in white or silver and most WRX's are bright blue or red. Most common Sti questions I get: can I get it without the wing and the red stickers? and Do they have leather? With the wrx it's: can I get gold wheels and the body kit?, do they have xennon lights?, how much is an Sti wing? <p>The B9 sure is silly looking as well. A great, original idea too, "lets make one of those whatchoo-ma-callem, crossovers?, that are just a little to small to be suv-handy, especially since this is the maker least likely to get traffic on them"......brilliant. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/sheep.gif" BORDER="0">

evomk8
01-03-2005, 09:27 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>kevinb120</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>The evo is of such poor build quality its no wonder Mistsu does everything they can to void and flag customer's warranties on them. The Sti on the other hand, is well thought out and mechanically well executed.<p>If that IS the way they go it will look like a (non-selling) Mitsu crossover suv front end with a psuedo-Bugatti grille center thrown in. Something like Kia would do.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Thanks for the bias. <br>I recommend you qualify your ignorant blanket opinions by preceeding them with "IMO" or "IMHO". <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/bonk.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>I find it interesting that GM affialiated manufaturers are copying European name-plate grilles. I.e. Suzuki = Seat and now Subaru = Alfa Romeo<br>Subaru is taking a risk with this new style, given the bug-eye backlash for the previous Impreza.. especially in Europe. I find the current version to be the most attractive in recent years.

Santeno
01-14-2005, 12:08 PM
Slightly better pics from wheels24 (please note that they are chops and not real pics of an official design):<p><IMG SRC="http://www.wheels24.co.za/Images/Photos/20050112163110Impreza2005-400.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.wheels24.co.za/Images/Photos/20050112163003Impreza2005RR-400.jpg" BORDER="0">

Roadster44
01-14-2005, 01:55 PM
Kevin read warranty for EVO's and how they get voided. Then get back to me.

Laguna
01-14-2005, 03:02 PM
I would say it looks like as if it had just got a facelift.

KaRaceR
01-16-2005, 10:26 AM
that is a great car

Laguna
01-16-2005, 10:28 AM
Thats what you said about the other cars

GerjurdKing
01-16-2005, 11:22 AM
What's with the 1998 Corolla rear lights....???

1966_GTO_
01-16-2005, 03:06 PM
I agree that those rear lights are rather unatractive. I wish Subaru would've never thought of that airplane grill design, but I guess it looks alright. I impatiently wait for the official pictures.

Laguna
01-17-2005, 07:53 AM
What have they done to the rear end! Its ugly. I like the current rear lights

bolita
01-17-2005, 08:03 AM
Its just a chop based on the current model. Probably the family face will be integrated but I really doubt that the rear will turn out as proposed . . .

Krypton
01-17-2005, 08:08 AM
Ive seen this picture many times on the old forum and other places<p><IMG SRC="http://server5.uploadit.org/files/backry-Untitled.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>source-i scanned it out of C & D

Laguna
01-17-2005, 08:20 AM
Why dont they leave it how it is? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/bonk.gif" BORDER="0">

coolbluelb
01-17-2005, 09:21 AM
SLR, that version of the next generation Impreza comes closest to anything released by Subaru (mind you it was designed for a video game).

hollc004
01-17-2005, 10:01 AM
I thin kithe shape of this car is great up untill the point you gewt to the air intake. The airintake IMO does not look right with the bennet shape

vassie
02-24-2005, 12:17 PM
here some more impressions of the new facelift<p><IMG SRC="http://www.subarunews.net/images/impreza2006facelift.jpg" BORDER="0">

against the wall
02-24-2005, 12:23 PM
who in the world is the head of design at subaru and how in the world did he come up with this disgusting nose. its hideous

iamalittlepepper
02-24-2005, 12:47 PM
Andreas Zapatinas he used to be head of AR and he was a classmate of JMay and Bangle

Charger
02-24-2005, 01:17 PM
well it works better on this than it does on the Tribeca

carmaniac
02-24-2005, 01:18 PM
that last chop actually doesn't look that bad

Santeno
02-24-2005, 01:24 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>carfan223</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">who in the world is the head of design at subaru and how in the world did he come up with this disgusting nose. its hideous</TD></TR></TABLE><p>So do you have anything constructive to say?<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>iamalittlepepper</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Andreas Zapatinas he used to be head of AR and he was a classmate of JMay and Bangle</TD></TR></TABLE><p>They all attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, though not necessarily at the same time (which would not make them classmates - though zapatinas did work for bangle at BMW). BTW, No other college produces as many influential automotive designers as this one. Here is a small list of some of their more notable members:<p>Peter Brock (Designer of Shelby Daytna), Chuck Pelly (Founder of Designworks  BMWs US design studio), Jack Telnack (Ford VP of Design), J. Mays (Fords Head of design), Larry Shinoda (designer of the Corvette Sting Ray, the Z-28 Camaro and the Boss 302 Mustang), Wayne Cherry (General Motors Vice President of Design), Chris Bangle (BMW Head of design), Craig Durfey (chief designer Audi), Ken Okuyama (Creative Director at Pininfarina  designer of the Ferrari Enzo), and Shiro Nakamura (Nissan's chief designer), Henrik Fisker (Former Aston Martin head of Design), Grant Larson (Porsche), and Freeman J. Thomas (DCX). There are others, but I'm to lazy to dig up the info.<br>

against the wall
02-24-2005, 01:49 PM
well maybe just a black mesh grill with the logo in the middle

bolita
02-25-2005, 07:32 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>carfan223</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">who in the world is the head of design at subaru and how in the world did he come up with this disgusting nose. its hideous</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Despite the controversial looks of most of the new Subaru front ends I really like this one..for the STi. I don't know if it would work on the normal Impreza

syclone
02-25-2005, 12:56 PM
i love the current impreza, but it was pre facelift and still is quite ugly, so i couldnt hurt really. not sure if it will work, but i dont think the new face is really that bad.

KebabGud
02-28-2005, 03:49 AM
here is petter solbergs new car<br><A HREF="http://www.dagbladet.no/sport/2005/02/28/424742.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.dagbladet.no/sport/....html</A><br>no real new car .. just a newer.. car... <br>(so the "new" impreza is still a year away)

vassie
04-09-2005, 03:15 AM
<IMG SRC="http://www.subarunews.net/images/wrx2006.jpg" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.forumsforjustice.org/forums/images/smilies/sponge.gif" BORDER="0">

Superfresa
04-09-2005, 09:44 AM
It's looking pretty good, I think it's a step in the right direction.

erzhik
04-09-2005, 10:22 AM
looks like a robot to me.. previous STi is much better looking

Uberwagon
04-09-2005, 08:21 PM
I might be lonely on this one, but I like the new Subaru face, as seen on this. The front end isn't pretty by any stretch but it's pleasantly different from everything else right now. Have you ever noticed how EVERY car company is doing the five-sided grill with the "angry eyes" lights? Acura, Toyota, Mazda, Ford - the list goes on - they're like these homogenous cars driving around wearing scowls like this little fella: <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/angry.gif" BORDER="0">

Hornbag
04-10-2005, 06:08 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>vassie</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> <IMG SRC="http://www.subarunews.net/images/wrx2006.jpg" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.forumsforjustice.org/forums/images/smilies/sponge.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Now that my friends, is............<p>HOT!!! Yes Subaru, build that one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> Please, its amazing <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/icondrool.gif" BORDER="0">

knicks125
04-10-2005, 09:36 AM
better than the current version, a big improvement on the hood, as many of you know what I'm talking about <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beigesmilewinkgrin.gif" BORDER="0">

LoneWolf
04-10-2005, 02:51 PM
The front end of these impressions look good to me. My only gripe so far is the tiny taillights. Those definitely need a rework.

VexedandGlorious
04-10-2005, 02:54 PM
i agree with you all the way <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/cool.gif" BORDER="0">

bolita
04-11-2005, 07:59 AM
Wow... very nice. Probably next Impreza will be 2006 as a 07 MY

kuules
05-30-2005, 01:43 PM
New Impreza STi.<p><A HREF="http://img249.echo.cx/img249/6540/subaru2007017lz.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://img249.echo.cx/img249/6...z.jpg</A><p><A HREF="http://img249.echo.cx/img249/3386/s4sy.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://img249.echo.cx/img249/3386/s4sy.jpg</A><p><A HREF="http://img249.echo.cx/img249/948/s20xr.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://img249.echo.cx/img249/948/s20xr.jpg</A><p><A HREF="http://img249.echo.cx/img249/3809/s33kj.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://img249.echo.cx/img249/3809/s33kj.jpg</A><p><A HREF="http://img249.echo.cx/img249/2761/s42bp.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://img249.echo.cx/img249/2761/s42bp.jpg</A><p>(C) impreza-net.com & subarunews.net

bolita
05-30-2005, 02:41 PM
Oh my, 2nd facelift for the same car! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/bangin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Looks good though!

VexedandGlorious
05-30-2005, 03:12 PM
the soruce of those pics say its the new generation..im confused facelift or totally new

knicks125
05-30-2005, 03:30 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Graffititech</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">the soruce of those pics say its the new generation..im confused facelift or totally new</TD></TR></TABLE><p>See thread here - <A HREF="http://www.carspyshots.net/zerothread?id=15403" TARGET="_blank">http://www.carspyshots.net/zerothread?id=15403</A>

Warewolf
05-31-2005, 01:20 AM
Hmmmm......<br><IMG SRC="http://www.trader.pl/images/pl/big_images/seat_cordoba_vario_3.jpg" BORDER="0"><br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/nixweiss.gif" BORDER="0">

bolita
05-31-2005, 07:42 AM
No, I don't think so not even close IMO!<p>The Cordoba/Ibiza have a less aggressive stance than this new Impreza.<p>