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Subaru Crew - Future Models II

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Bonnie Rick
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  • alingaling Posts: 598
    Drew/aling
    Townhall Community Leader/Vans Conference
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Very interesting on those US Spec cars from new-impreza.com

    Remote-release gas fillers (no tab to open em from the outside noted in the pics)

    Other than the headlights they look quite sharp, but thos headllights are down-right ugly Neon looking...

    -mike
  • Everyone says they are nothing like the Neon... Theyre a new breed entirely... Which can be a bad or good thing depending on how conservitive you are with what you like in cars.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    If everyone said they were jumping off a bridge would you believe em? :)

    We'll see what they look like in real life, but they appear to be the same bug-eyed kiddie car looking headlights of the neon.

    -mike
    http://www.iace.com/ia/trooper
  • Mercedes Benz puts strange-looking oval headlights in their cars, even going as far as making the latest iterations look like they're pregnant or growing a goiter, and I don't see anyone saying "ugh" about those. Yet Subaru mimics that look on the Impreza and folks pick on them for it! I don't get it.

    Some new stuff looks different to the point of taking time to get used to it. I put the Mercedes headlight treatment in that category; I haven't decided yet whether I find it attractive or not. Personally I'm withholding a decision on the looks of the new Impreza until I see one in 3space. (But I have to admit that I'm trying to come with a way to rationalize trading in my year-old GT on one.)

    Cheers,
    -wdb
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    The Impreza is a compact, the Benz is an expensive fuller sized car. (I don't like em on the benz either) They can get away with that, because no one is gonna mistake a Benz for a neon! :)

    Personally it wouldn't stop me from buying one cause I'm all go, no show type, so if they sold me a pea green WRX with chocolate Brown interior, i'd buy it! (if i had the $)

    -mike
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,658
    Re: headlights: I agree. There are a number of vehicles that use, or have used, oval headlights; Mercedes, Porsche to name two. Nobody's complained that I aware of.

    As to the Neon reference, I've always liked the "looks" of the Neon - especially the headlights. I've never been impressed with the vehicle per say, but I've always thought it was one of the better looking cars to come out of Detroit in the past ten years.

    Bob
  • kenskens Posts: 5,869
    In all the JDM literature, Subaru keeps mentioning how they went with the latest trend in Europe for round headlights.

    Ken
  • ramonramon Posts: 825
    I'm all about go. If that bug eyed WRX goes like stink and can smack the 3 series like a red headed stepchild, I'll buy it. With a few dollars of mods, you are looking to spank the S4s too. And it would be even sweeter cus those drivers would be wondering what the heck was that thing that just blew past me? hehehehe....
  • alingaling Posts: 598
    The oval headlamps (in the E-class, for example) that MB uses are supposed to be retro. from the E-class built in the 1960's/70's, and even before them. I guess MB felt that the buyers of that car (who are typically middle aged, successful, etc.) could remember the old design (which also had a turn signal above the low beam area) and be drawn to the new vehicle.

    This nostalgy is typically lost on the younger people, which would explain why I absolutely hated the design when I first saw it in the fall of 1995. However, it grew on me (took a couple of years) and now I have one in my garage :-).

    I think it's also important to note that all MB vehicles with the circular headlamps also have a smaller circular (inner) foglamp/high beam located next to the low beams - another retro thing, whereas the new Impreza a single circular headlamp on each side. If only North America could get the HID Xenons. Even the VW Beetle is getting this (optional) for MY2001!

    The horizontal peanut-shaped design of the new C-class is actually surprisingly good when seen in person. I didn't like it when I saw the pictures, but the actual product turned out much better. Hopefully, I'll have the same impression of the new Impreza. Is it just me, or does the hood look rather plain without the hood scoop?

    Drew/aling
    Townhall Community Leader/Vans Conference
  • bluesubiebluesubie Posts: 3,497
    Also, the new Mini will have oval headlights.
    I'm with Drew on the plain hoods. I'll miss even the non-functional hood scoop. That's something my wife likes on her 99 OB that's no longer on our new Legacy's.
    Dennis
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,658
    all this concern over the Impreza's oval headlamps is way overblown. I think, once you see the vehicle in person, they will look fine.

    They're different, and that takes some getting used to.

    Bob
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I like the clean look. :) If it isn't functional, it shouldn't be there, that's my opinion on all car stuffs... Same goes for spoilers.

    -mike
  • armac13armac13 Posts: 1,129
    This was one of the main reasons that I ruled out buying an OBS. It was my first choice for size and price, but I just couldn't get past the phony "boy-racer" looks.

    Ross
  • ramonramon Posts: 825
    What? phony boy racer looks? THe dealer told me its good for 15hp?! Arrrghhh!!! I've been had!!! =D
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    15hp on the scoop? My dealer said 10hp for the wing on the RS! Then you add the "vents" on the hood and you are really cooking (5hp for each of those)

    :) HAAAAAAAAA!

    -mike
  • LOL!

    No seriously though, the Oval headlights on the WRX actually are 3-Dimensional and not just straight circles, they blend backwards with the lines of the car like the Mercades as you said.

    Plus, they go better with the big round Foglights that we all love :P Everythings anatomically correct now! :D
  • FrankMcFrankMc Posts: 228
    The new Impreza with no scoops is back in the running. I will reserve judgement but I like the new headlights from the pictures, I've always thought that the Impreza had more European styling cues than Japanese ones.

    Frank
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Why is everyone so down on the Neon? Did you actually prefer the Shadow it replaced? The first gen was actually pretty cute, and it was a giant leap in terms of improvements. For a Dodge, of course.

    As for the WRX, I'm sure people will buy it anyways, the lines will just be shorter. Also, how much you wanna bet the tuners come out with vinyl stickers for the tops of the headlights that make them look more aggressive?

    I liked the hood scoops. With cheap group buys for the turbos, lots of people made them functional.

    Borrego seems like an interesting idea, but if they produced it, they'd water it down so much it would look nothing like the concept.

    wdb: is it too late to offer my vote of support? The wife could use a quick, stealthy GT-A...

    -juice
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,658
    about Neon comments Juice. Yes, it is light years better than the car it replaced.

    Bob
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