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2008 Subaru Impreza WRX

Karen@EdmundsKaren@Edmunds Posts: 5,024
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  • You guys see the 2008 WRX pictures that hit the net today? I'll include the link to one site, hope ok to do so, http://www.speedsportlife.com/2006/09/13/spied-2008-subaru-wrx-prototype/.
    Car is heavily concealed, but, a few things can be seen. Interesting to note the framed glass doors as in the Tribeca. Also the taillights look like LED. New front styling looks they have indeed dropped the Tribeca inspired styling (thank goodness). :)

    Mark
  • locke2clocke2c Posts: 5,038
    looks like a chrysler-esqe grille.

    regarding hatchback... uh, has there ever been a difference between a 5 door 'wagon' and a 5 door hatchback? I believe the hubbub has always been whether Subaru would see a 3 door hatchback, which I have always denied but especially doubted once all Impreza 2 door production cars were gone.

    ~Colin
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,652
    I addressed the 5-door hatch vs. sport wagon here, but not the 3-door hatch issue.

    The question remains however, is the 5-door hatch just another term for the sport wagon that's currently offered,...

    Bob
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Bye bye frameless windows. I'm surprised the Impreza got them before the Legacy did, though. I bet the '08 Forester gets these too, then.

    LED tails - noticed that too.

    I bet this is the WRX wagon, basically. They just made it look less wagony.

    Colin: I know it's a tough distinction, but to me it's a wagon if the roof stretches back beyond the C-pillar. Hatches will just have a curved glass that meets the roof about where the glass on a sedan would.

    A lot of cars blur the line, though.

    I think the spy shots most resemble this:

    image

    Move the FMIC to a TMIC and voila.

    There should be more headroom and more rear legroom given the extra height and the wheelbase stretch, respectively.

    -juice
  • kate5000kate5000 Posts: 1,264
    NOOOOOOO!!!! :cry: I want frameless windows! I love them. W/o frameless windows, it's not a subaru.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I like 'em too, but we're in the minority.

    To me, they mean thin pillars and no blind spots. I'm sure the pillars will get thicker now. Also, the doors get heavier.

    -juice
  • Kate, I like the idea too, but in practice it makes for a noisy car after a couple years.

    It must be a noise related decision, as there have never been strength/safety issues with the frameless.

    John
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,652
    appears to be very similar to the current JDM Outback. Like the JDM Outback, there is a ribbon at the top with the oval logo splitting that ribbon and the lower grille. The lower grille also has a mesh pattern not unlike the JDM Outback.

    Bob
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The Impreza's is a bit more V-shaped, and almost looks like it's split, with something in the middle.

    Again, too much camo to tell for sure.

    -juice
  • jeffmcjeffmc Posts: 1,742
    Bob - that emblem on the grille has me puzzled - it definitely appears round, not oval. Not sure how they could incorporate the current oval shape into what we see here. Could we see a new emblem as well?

    It's difficult to see the car's character lines w/the camo & white color... hard to tell how aggressive this is. No strongly defined flares. It doesn't scream "WRX" to me... more "GT". Is this the gentrification of the WRX?

    I'm interested to see how the C-pillar really looks - the rounded hatch is interesting. Hope they execute the look well. Has potential.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,652
    Jeff, I have larger hi-res images that came directly from B. Priddy (via Edmunds so that I could post on Straightline). These images are almost 5x the size you see here, and I can clearly see the oval logo, and it appears to split the ribbon plane much like the JDM Outback. It's also clear that SOA tried to hide that fact by putting an extra camo bulge at the bottom.

    Bob
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The body sides and even the bumpers appear to have bulges tacked on. That's why you really can't see many surfaces.

    -juice
  • jeffmcjeffmc Posts: 1,742
    Thanks for clearing that up for me, Bob. That had me puzzled. Sheesh, they're even camo'ing the shape of the emblem!
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,652
    Think this is for real, or just part of the "camo?"

    Bob
  • jeffmcjeffmc Posts: 1,742
    This would be for GPS and satellite radio, right? I can't see why you'd want to move away from an in-glass antenna for broadcast radio.

    It sure is fun to finally have some real spy shots! I wonder if there are others in this series that some other mag is purchasing from Priddy, like what happened w/the "super scoop" Legacy?
  • hypovhypov Posts: 3,068
    Bob-
    From the Hi-Res images you've got, is the center of the dash higher and the hump for the gauges lower?

    Or does that section rises and lowers ala XT6 aka doorstop aka wedge.

    -Dave
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,652
    Dave, it's a little hard to tell, but from what I can see the center of the dash does appear to be higher. It's not as high as the shroud over the main instruments, but it looks to be close.

    Bob
  • hypovhypov Posts: 3,068
    Thanks Bob :)

    Ah I omitted to say, "comparing to current models", the center dash is higher and the shroud is lower.

    -Dave
  • My guess is the center dash stack is probably higher to accomodate a NAV screen.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Agree about the NAV, I'm sure it'll be a factory option. I hope the Forester gets one before the redesign.

    -juice
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