Yep. Let's just hope it doesn't look like that... If you're going to make a car ugly, at least make it bold and interesting, a la new-age Impreza. That rendition is not only ugly, it looks like an Accord!
I think this thing has definite possibilities...just kinda wish I'd have had an extra 60 days and an extra $12K...mighta got one...it's on the Legacy platform; does this mean that all the good stuff already out there would fit (suspension, etc)?
I think the pic at the top is an old concept sketch, from the era of the changes between the old and New Age Imprezas. Note the identical headlamps to the newer Legacies, before they decided to go with the "bug-eye" look.
The design director of the Impreza (or was it the head of Fuji?) was quoted as saying, "round headlights are IN" and they have no intention of changing the design, no matter what anyone says about it. Subaru has built up a wonderful ability to completely ignore design critics (how else could you justify the Brat and the new Baja?)
Besides, I've grown to like the bug eyes.
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what is being revealed in paris is the 2003 Impreza WRX (thats 2004 model year to you over in the USA, why you have to be a year ahead in your numbers to the rest of the world is a major mystery?? :7 )
All the images seen so far are photoshop mockups, there havent been any spy shots taken in switzerland like with the original bug eye.
No one knows for sure what it will be, but it will be a facelift rather than a new platform, so based on tooling costs etc i would expect subtle changes rather than a rethink of the major design. I wouldnt be surprised if the major changes were along the lines of the mods already in the market such as a more purposeful rear spoiler and morette style front lights, maybe changes to the front fenders and hood too, as these are realtively easy to implement. I cant see the main body shape changing much.