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2008 Subaru Impreza WRX

Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,018
edited May 2 in Subaru
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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: 19,661
    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: 19,661
    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: 19,661
    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: 19,661
    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: 19,661
    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
  • zman3zman3 Posts: 857
    The top picture looks like a Mazda. It seems somewhat bland. I am not exactly adventerous when it comes to vehicle styling but I would buy it if I were in the market for a car that size.
  • c_hunterc_hunter Posts: 4,487
    Since we are fairly certain the camo image is the real deal and the clean car is more or less consistent with the camo version (hood scoops are different), I would say this is probably the 2008 Impreza. I am not too thrilled with the grille (Chrysler/Toyota-esque), but the rest looks decent to me.

    Craig

    P.S. a common reaction has been that it looks like a Mazda, but that's not the case.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,661
    Craig

    The camoed image is the real deal. I've heard from someone who was in a position to know.

    Bob
  • zman3zman3 Posts: 857
    P.S. a common reaction has been that it looks like a Mazda, but that's not the case.

    That's not the case? Meaning it's not a Mazda, or you are telling us it doesn't look like a Mazda?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Very bland. Once bitten, twice shy, I guess.

    We can't blame Subaru. It's the press, they whine about the Tribeca and then the result is Subaru takes absolutly no risks on the new designs.

    Kinda looks like a Kia Spectra5 to me. :(

    -juice
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,661
    No, I CAN blame Subaru. If they don't have convictions about what they design, then this is what you end up with.

    Let's hope it looks better in person.

    Bob
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Well, a few very vocal folks just couldn't stop bashing the designs. Autoweek and TTAC, basically.

    Among the rest, half called it controversial and half actually liked it (LA Times for instance).

    You think they were chicken, basically?

    -juice
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,661
    Assuming this is for real—yes.

    It confirms to the world that Subaru is a follower and not a leader when it comes to (grille) styling. It's about as "safe" and as "inoffensive" a design as one could come up with.

    Hopefully it will look better in person. Remember, this is not a great image to start with.

    Bob
  • c_hunterc_hunter Posts: 4,487
    That's not the case? Meaning it's not a Mazda, or you are telling us it doesn't look like a Mazda?

    Many people though the spy shots were of a Mazda because of the body styling and the distrating camo treatment, but careful analysis showed some Subaru-specific suspension and driveline parts (for instance rear-diff) that pegged it to be an AWD Subaru. So it is not a Mazda, even though the styling might suggest Mazda. Most definitely a Subaru based on the running gear under the car.
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