2 Feb 2011

Subaru Impreza Design Concept has us hating on current model

impreza concept 630 450x265 Subaru Impreza Design Concept has us hating on current model

We’ve often found ourselves in the apologist camp when it came to the latest design of the current Subaru Impreza. The company has a long and storied history of producing vehicles with faces only a mother could love, so we just assumed that the squinty visage of the latest model was just an homage to homely rides of the past. Well, you can go ahead and forget all that. Subaru just dropped details on its new Impreza Design Concept, and the car is the kind of beautiful worth writing home about.

The design retains the mammoth wheel arches of the current Impreza, but blends in more subdued Legacystyling for a much more mature, handsome face. The fascia is dominated by two aggressive air intakes that are large enough to swallow small livestock. Those holes are framed by the new trapezoidal grille and furrowed headlamps. Interestingly enough, the fins that spread across the air inlets are actually functional fog lights.

Under the hood, the design study makes use of the company’s new 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine bolted to a CVT gearbox. Subaru, if you’re listening, build this sucker. Hit the jump to check out the full press release, and stay tuned for more as the details unfold live at the LA Auto Show.

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