Subaru Impreza Sedan concept

LOS ANGELES -- It hasn't been long since the fourth generation Impreza sedan and hatchback models arrived in 2011, but Subaru isn't a brand that rests on its laurels.

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The Japanese automaker is already hard at work honing and sharpening the design for the next generation. Earlier this year, we saw a 5-door concept; today, they show us the sedan's future.

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The concept is sharply sculpted with a deeply creased side character line. The fenders' flares interrupt that bold slash, which I feel emphasizes the wheels' importance over the rest of the design. Even conceptually, Subaru emphasizes function over form.

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The headlights are an evolution of the current design, with U-shaped, hawk-eye daytime running lights. However this execution is a lot more abstract and less practical.

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The Impreza sedan concept boasts a wide stance -- and this is before the inevitable WRX variant goes even wider.

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The front end of the concept, where the lights meet the grill, features some complicated sheetmetal folding. This makes the nose look busy from many angles, but trust me when I say it looks better in person.

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Underpinning the concept is the automaker's new modular platform and, of course, its trademark Symmetrical All-wheel drive system.

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19-inch wheels of a custom design fill the wells and are shod with 235mm wide tires.

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Ruby red metallic paint with glossy black trim makes the already strong lines of the automaker's Dynamic x Solid design language pop.

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Subaru says, "The new design direction hints at not only the new Impreza design, but of Subaru's future models."


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