Launched for the 2012 model year, the fourth-generation Subaru Impreza still has what it takes to give its competitors a run for their money, but a successor is right around the corner. Though Subaru has yet to reveal when the fifth-gen compact will arrive, word has it the big unveiling is planned for 2016, with sales to commence for the 2017 model year. However, with the Impreza 5-Door Concept now on display at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show,, we’ll have a close look at the redesigned model sooner than expected.

Subaru had very little to say about the Impreza 5-Door Concept and how much of it will make it on the next-generation model, but it did mention that the study hints at "the design direction not only of the new Impreza but of Subaru’s future models as a whole." Don’t get too excited though, Subaru has a long history of showing awesome concepts only to follow up with mundane production models. Unless someone at Fuji Heavy Industries decides it’s time for a new strategy, the next Impreza will probably leave us a bit disappointed.

The 5-Door Concept is one of ten vehicles Subaru showcases in Tokyo. Other exhibits include the Viziv Future Concept, WRX S4 SportVita, Forester X-Break, and BRZ GT300.

Updated 10/28/2015: Subaru dropped the official details on the new Impreza 5-Door Concept car which previews the next-generation Impreza. According to Subaru, the next Impreza will be the first vehicle to adopt FHI’s Mid-Term Management Vision "Prominence 2020" announced back in 2014.

Continue reading to learn more about the Subaru Impreza 5-Door Concept.

  • 2015 Subaru Impreza 5-Door Concept
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    2015
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    6 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
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Exterior

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The trademark hexagonal grille seems borrowed from the company’s Vision GT study.

Based on Subaru’s new "Dynamic & Solid" design theme, the Impreza 5-Door Concept is one aggressive hatchback. But, even though the concept is supposed to show Subaru’s new design direction, the Impreza’s styling showcases a number of features we’ve already seen on past concept cars. The C-shaped headlamps are similar to those on the Viziv 2 Concept, while the trademark hexagonal grille seems borrowed from the company’s Vision Gran Turismo study. Down below, there’s a sporty bumper with big air vents and a protruding splitter with vertical aero elements toward the fenders.

Around back, the hatch features the same C-shaped taillights seen on the Viziv 2 Concept, a beefy bumper, and muscular fenders. A small spoiler placed on top of the tailgate adds more sportiness to the rear fascia. The side view is also significantly more aggressive than the current model, featuring steeply raked A-pillars and a coupe-like roofline. As with most concept cars, the Impreza 5-Door sports a set of larger-than-usual wheels. The rollers are finished in a two-tone, five-spoke design that’s not likely to become a production feature.

As far as dimensions are concerned, the Impreza concept is about the same size as the current model, although the wheelbase is one inch longer, the overhangs are shorter, while both front and rear tracks seem a bit wider.

Exterior Dimensions

Length 4,400 MM (173.22 Inches)
Width 1,880 MM (74.01 Inches)
Height 1,440 MM (56.69 Inches)
Wheelbase 2,670 MM (105.11 Inches)

Interior

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Note: Interior of a 2015 Subaru Impreza shown here.

The hatchback’s interior is still a mystery, but if the exterior is any indication, the cabin should feature a fancy dashboard with a large touchscreen, a digital instrument cluster, and sports seats. The concept should also boast Subaru’s latest infotainment technology and safety features. Although the production car’s cabin design is far from wild (as confirm by our recent spy shots), most high-tech features should become available as either standard or optional equipment.

Drivetrain

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There’s no word as to what motivates the Impreza 5-Door Concept, but no matter what’s under that muscular hood, we already know the upcoming Impreza will get its juice from a new family of flat-four engines fitted with upgraded direct fuel injection and cylinder deactivation. Of course, the Japanese will also drop the next evolution of their capable AWD system in this hatch.

The big news here is that the production car will be the first to ride on Subaru’s all-new platform, which will eventually be shared between nearly all of the company’s vehicles. The new underpinnings should make the Impreza lighter, sportier, and more fuel efficient, as well as help Subaru reduce development and production costs.

Conclusion

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Despite the lack of official details as to what engine and technology hide underneath that sporty shell, the 5-Door Concept is an exciting preview of things to come. Knowing Subaru and the way its concepts are toned down on their way to production, I’m not getting my hopes up for a fifth-gen Impreza that looks like this. If anything, it’s the WRX version that will borrow some of the concept’s styling cues. The standard Impreza, on the other hand, will likely showcase a significantly milder appearance.

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    • The production car will be nowhere near as aggressive
    • No drivetrain information

Press Release

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the manufacturer of Subaru automobiles, today unveiled the “Impreza 5-Door Concept” at the 44th Tokyo Motor Show 2015.

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The Impreza 5-Door Concept is a design concept car previewing the next-generation Impreza which is to be the first one of Subaru’s next-generation strategic vehicles envisioned in FHI’s Mid-Term Management Vision “Prominence 2020″ announced in May 2014. While positioned as an entry model in the Subaru lineup, its compact body features a blend of bold expressions of Subaru’s Dynamic & Solid design elements and a quality feel beyond its class – hinting at the design direction not only of the new Impreza but of Subaru’s future models as a whole.

Main Features of Impreza 5-Door Concept
The front, sides, and rear are seamlessly joined in the Dynamic & Solid surface structure, creating a three-dimensional and solid body that is a feature of Subaru styling. The dynamism is enhanced by well-placed character lines on the 5-door style compact body shape. The design expression of “Enjoyment and Peace of Mind”, the value that Subaru provides to its customers, is fully pursued within the limits of the C-segment body size. In the area of functionality essential to a Subaru car, excellent aerodynamic performance is achieved while blending this functionality into the styling. The sense of quality is raised by the choice of high-luminance silver, having the genuine luster of metal, as exterior color.

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• Front
The Subaru look is seen in the Wide & Low stance with its sporty impression, and in the unified three-dimensional structure extending from the hexagonal grille that symbolizes the Subaru identity to the hawk-eye headlights. The front face plays the role of starting point from which the front flows via the sides to the rear, with each part uniting into a solid form.

• Sides
The rich inflection of the character line extending from the front fender to the door panels and rear shoulder, and the line rising energetically toward the rear from the lower door panel, give dynamism to the solid body surface. The powerfully extended fender flares express the reliability of Subaru All-Wheel Drive.

• Rear
The rear combination lights sharing the same motif as the headlights, as well as the powerful shoulders over the rear fenders thrusting all the way toward the rear combination lights, express a Wide & Low stance similar to the front. The tightened cabin silhouette enhances the sporty impression of the nimble 5-door style.

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