The Subaru Impreza has been around since 1992 when it was released as a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback. Since then, it has seen three generations, with its latest generation debuting in 2011. It’s only been four years, but Subaru has been working on a replacement, which has led us to the debut of two new Impreza concepts.

The Subaru Impreza Five-Door concept debuted at the 2015 Tokyo Auto Show, but we have had to wait to see what Subaru has put together for the Impreza Sedan Concept. Now that the Los Angeles Auto Show is underway, that wait is finally over, and we’ve finally gotten to see the sexy sedan that is the Subaru Sedan Concept.

After seeing the Five-Door Concept, we speculated that the sedan would share a lot of the same design queues as the Impreza Five-Door Concept. Our speculations were dead on, as the cars do share the same front end, but the sedan still has a look all its own. That gentle slope to the rear end and the bright red finish really makes the sedan stand out a lot more that the five-door variant ever did. So, now that the sheet has been pulled off the new sedan, let’s take a deeper look at this exciting new concept.

Updated 11/23/2015: We added a series of new images taken during the concept’s official debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Continue reading to learn more about the Subaru Impreza Sedan Concept.

  • 2015 Subaru Impreza Sedan Concept
  • Year:
    2015
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  • 0-60 time:
    6 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
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Exterior

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Up front, the sedan looks identical to the five-door concept, but the red really brings out the body lines on the front fascia. The fascia extends outward around the fog lights, effectively creating a hidden air vent next to the lights. I really like how the front spoiler extends forward from the font fascia and wraps around to tuck inside the fascia on the sides, which makes the fog lights look like they sit deep inside the fascia – rather sleek I must say.

The blue coloration of the headlight and fog light lenses give a real nice accent to the bright red paint finish.

The C-shaped headlights were also carried over from the sedan, and looking at the close up, we can see that the headlight projection area is actually smaller than the fog light itself. The C-shape outline on the front of the headlight lens appears to glow even with the headlights turned off, can comes to a sharp point above and below the lens. The blue coloration of the headlight and fog light lenses give a real nice accent to the bright red paint finish.

The side of the sedan is remarkably similar to the Five-Door Concept. The body line from the fender slopes downward at the same angle as the rear of the vehicle, and the lower body line slopes upward at the rear, coming to a sharp point at the rear wheel well. At first glance the sedan looks to be lacking door handles, which points to motorized doors. Upon closer inspection, however, you can actually see an outline for door handles on both doors – something we couldn’t really make out on the five-door concept. These outlines don’t provide anything for you to grab to use the handle, so I suspect a unique design that uses biometrics to identify the driver and electric door latches to pop the door open, or a handle that pushes inward to open the door – either of which would be a unique design.

The C-shaped tail lights carry the same design of the front headlights, but don’t appear to use LED lights.

Finally, we get to the rear, which is something I’ve been looking forward to seeing since we saw the Five-Door Concept at the Tokyo Auto Show. The rear window is rather small adding a sporty appearance to that gentle slope that really defines the rear end of the sedan. The deck lid is indented on the rear, creating the look of a small lip spoiler. The C-shaped tail lights carry the same design of the front headlights, but don’t appear to use LED lights. The rear fascia is rather smooth with mild body lines that wrap around the bottom of the taillights, along with another body line below the deck lid that wrap around the fascia and come to a sharp point, just before the rear wheel wells. A smooth rear diffuser in in place with a single exhaust pipe exiting on the passenger side. Bringing the exterior together, the car rides on 19-inch wheels that sit flush with the wheel arches and have Ruby Red Metallic accents.

Exterior Dimensions

Overall length 179.3 Inches
Width 70 Inches
Height 57.2 Inches

Interior

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The teaser image didn’t even come close to touching base on the interior of the new sedan concept, and unfortunately, Subaru has still kept us in the dark as to the interior design. All windows on the new concept – including the windshield – has been blacked out with at least 2.5-percent tint to keep the interior a complete secret. It may be that Subaru has some previously unreleased design queues and technology inside that they don’t want to reveal yet, or it could be possible that the interior isn’t exactly complete.

Examining the close up of the front, left headlight we can get a tiny peak through that dark tint that reveals part of a driver seat, the steering wheel and a dashboard. Front this view, we can see that the dash protrudes a bit in the middle, which will probably be the HQ for the infotainment system. The drive seat clearly has shoulder supports that probably extend downward – creating a sports seat that will help keep the driver firmly in place when cornering at fun speeds.

The only other shot that reveals any bit of the interior is a close up of the driver mirror. Through the side windows, it almost looks like the rear seat on the sedan – or at least the backrest – isn’t yet installed. This could be the reason for keeping the interior a secret, considering Subaru’s recent press release admits that the sedan has seating for up to five.

Drivetrain

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Just as much of a mystery as the interior, we have literally no idea what gives life to this concept. As speculated previously, the car will likely receive one of Subaru’s new flat-four engines. The recent press release does hint that the car has Subaru’s Symmetrical All-wheel Drive, so we can breathe a sigh of relief about that.

The current, 2016 Impreza puts out 148 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque, but I still expect this concept to put out a little more than that. I think Subaru would do right by upping that number closer to the 200 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque range. The current Impreza is offered with a Lineartronic CVT, so that is likely how power is sent to the four wheels, but a synchronized five-speed or six-speed manual would do the car justice.

Conclusion

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It has been exciting to finally see the Sedan Concept, and as you can see, the car looks like it is production ready. Of course, we still don’t know about the interior or much about the drivetrain, but the exterior design isn’t too extreme. That said, I really hope Subaru doesn’t stray away from the styling of the concept. It is sleek and aggressive, without going overboard. I doubt the production model would have the body-colored accenting on the wheels, but it wouldn’t be a bad option.

  • Leave it
    • * It’s just a concept
    • * No view of the interior

Updated History

Updated 11/19/2015: Subaru unveiled the Impreza sedan concept at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Press Release

Subaru of America, Inc. unveiled the Impreza Sedan Concept today at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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The all-new Impreza will be the first example of Subaru’s next-generation vehicles using a new modular platform. The design is sportier and less angular than the previous generation Impreza, but with a powerful stance expressing Subaru’s new Dynamic x Solid design language. The new design direction hints at not only the new Impreza design, but of Subaru’s future models.

Main Features of Impreza Sedan Concept
The front, sides, and rear of the car are seamlessly joined to create a solid and muscular body that is inherent of Subaru design. Aerodynamic performance is achieved by blending functionality and styling, incorporating a integrated rear spoiler and functional from valance. Well-placed character lines greatly enhance the dynamics of the compact sedan. The Ruby Red Metallic color with glossy black accents represents a sporty and energetic impression.

Front
The Subaru family resemblance is immediately recognizable with the hexagonal grille, menacing hawk-eye headlights and aircraft inspired wing.

Sides
The flared fenders launch the sharp character line that run the length of the car. A second, upswept character line along the lower door panels adds energy to the overall design theme. The 19” wheels are flush with the wheel arches, further establishing the car’s wide stance and the fender flares express the Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. These are key features of the concept’s dynamic new design.

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Rear
The sharp character line flows seamlessly into the rear tail lamps from both sides and intersect at the rear. The sleek new trunk lid enhances the sporty impression on the sedan. The rear taillights share the same styling as the headlights with a wide and low illumination.

Main Specifications
Body size (overall length × width × height): 179.3” × 70” × 57.2”
Wheelbase: 105.1”
Tire size: 235/40 R19
Seating capacity: 5 person

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