Swoopy LA show concept is expected to preview the look of Subaru's next-gen Impreza

Subaru’s surprise Los Angeles motor show concept is understood to give a glimpse of the next-generation Impreza, Autocar has learned.

Dubbed the CIM — short for ‘Confidence in Motion’ — the concept is billed as a showcase for a new design language and to introduce new green technology, most likely a hybrid powertrain. Although Subaru has a new coupé — a joint project with Toyota — on the way, the CIM is understood to be a different car.

See the teaser pic of the new Subaru Impreza concept

That’s partly borne out by Subaru’s teaser picture, which shows a compact design with an arcing roofline and high-set ‘bustle’ boot. Unlike a coupé, the roofline doesn’t rake sharply from the centre line to the boot lid, suggesting it is more likely to be a four-door.

The teaser shot also highlights hallmark extended arches, which appear to add muscle to the design and take their cue from WRX and STi versions of previous-generation Impreza models.

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A new Impreza is rumoured for production late next year, which would give today’s Impreza a relatively short lifespan of four years. The current model was unveiled at the New York show in April 2007.

Today’s Impreza was conceived as a five-door European hatch in a bid to attract mainstream sales. But the car has flopped, not helped by the lack of a diesel engine at launch and the fuel-sapping handicap of all-wheel drive.

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Sparked into action by lacklustre sales in the UK, Subaru has recently launched a four-door notchback Impreza, originally a US-only body style.

Subaru showed a hybrid powertrain at the 2009 Tokyo motor show with the Hybrid Tourer concept, although it’s possible the new Impreza will use a development of Toyota’s HSD (Hybrid Synergy Drive).

The 2009 study featured a pair of electric motors, one in the front axle and a second in the rear axle, in line with Subaru’s tradition of all-wheel drive.

Julian Rendell

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16 November 2010

As a Subaru owner they have really lost the plot. Pretty much the ugliest Jap car you could buy these days, especially the Legacy/Liberty/Outback. Vile

16 November 2010

Yet another it dark but its a teaser shot by a manufacturer why bother? Confidence in Motion my arse, what marketing spod thought that pretentious crap up?

16 November 2010

The outline of this car looks exactly like the Subaru based that Pro Drive produced as a one off and was tested on Top Gear (it made Clarkson sick!!)

16 November 2010

[quote irf30]

The outline of this car looks exactly like the Subaru based that Pro Drive produced as a one off and was tested on Top Gear (it made Clarkson sick!!)


I was just about to say the same thing the Prodrive P2


16 November 2010

I hate the term "design language".....

16 November 2010

A pic of a Suabaru in the dark. That's the best way to see them. In the dark. Very dark.

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