While Subaru got us used with a simple and focused lineup, and its cars targeting the U.S. as it is its major market, the Japanese carmaker will change to a new global architecture set to begin with next year’s 2017 Impreza hatchback and sedan models. The new architecture will support future redesigns and a new full-size crossover.
The brand’s executives have announced that a second generation of the rear-wheel-drive car that debuted in 2012 is being planned and that the new car could be launched in 2018. The 2016 model got upgraded entertainment features and will be available for purchase later this year. The automaker will also offer a special edition of 500 units of the Series. HyperBlue with a blue exterior and a trim interior with accents from the same color.
We can expect the redesigned four- and five-door compact to be a bit larger and to offer more high-tech options. It will be manufactured at Subaru’s plant in Indiana, and will go on sale in late 2016.
According to some reports, Subaru will take away the “XV” from the car model’s name later this year, when it will also get a slight refreshening. The Impreza-based crossover will be redesigned in 2018.
WRX/ WRX STI
Later this year, the Series.HyperBlue special edition of the 700 WRX STIs will go on sale. The car will see small improvements and will also display a blue interior and an upgraded interior. For the upcoming year, no major changes are expected with regards to the WRX / WRX STI sedans as the car models have been redesigned at the end of 2014. A hatchback might be a possibility for 2018.
For the Legacy and the Outback models, a revamp is likely to take place in 2018, and sooner than that, the Forester might see an update in 2017.
In 2018, Subaru is planning on launching a plug-in hybrid powertrain, but it will not be a new model that gets powered up, but rather a vehicle in the carmaker’s current range.
The company execs said that Subaru is pondering whether the new crossover that is due in 2017 will be similar to the Outback’s rugged and off-road styling, or if it would get a styling close to the Forester’s, which is smaller than the Outback. The new crossover will offer more space than the Tribeca, which stopped being produced in 2012 due to slow sales.
Show us what you got, Subaru!
By Gabriela Florea