In April, at New York Auto Show, Subaru will unveil the long-awaited new Impreza. Based on the B5 TPH concept unveiled last year at Tokyo Auto Show, it will be a conventional five-door hatchback, rather than the more conventional four-door saloon.

It will be powered by hoice of naturally-aspirated 1.5- and 2.0-litre petrol ’flat-four’ boxer engines to begin with. The ic turbocharged Impreza STi will come later. It will feature body styling even more extravagant to the current car, and is likely to be powered by an evolution of the 2.5-litre engine Subaru currently offers, but we won’t get to see it until 2008.

Also, Subaru is developing an industry-first flat-four turbodiesel motor for the application, and is due to slot it into production in early 2008. It’ll have a 2.0-litre capacity and has been benchmarked against the BMW 320d’s motor. Subaru expect it to produce around 170bhp and 250lbft of torque.

Source: AutoCar

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