Is Subaru ditching its Impreza wagon?
Next week, we have a pair of international auto shows on two continents happening at the same time. One in New York and one in Shanghai. And Subaru will be at both.
Before its debut in the Big Apple, last week we got a teaser shot of the forthcoming 2012 Impreza compact sedan. But now the Japanese automaker has released a second teaser, this time of its new XV Concept, above, set for its debut in Shanghai. Subaru says the XV is "a design concept car that defines a new generation of crossover vehicle, blending exceptional SUV practicality with a fashionable form." In layman terms, the Subaru is yet another small utility vehicle in the vein of the Nissan Juke, Mini Countryman and Mitsubishi RVR. But if you put two and two together, the XV may mean the demise of the practical Impreza wagon.
First, in the Japanese market, there’s already a production XV, essentially an Outback version of the Impreza wagon. Second, when the midsize Legacy was last redesigned, Subaru ditched the wagon in favour of the SUV-wannabe Outback version only. And third, based on the proportions of the shot above, the XV Concept is too short to be the next Forester cute-ute, also due soon.
Oh, I also forgot that Subaru’s decision for 2011 to bring back a four-door sedan version of its WRX STi only adds fuel to the fire that an Impreza wagon WRX STi may be going the way of the dodo bird as well.
If all of this comes to fruition, and Subaru does decide to ditch the more practical wagon/hatch version of the Impreza for 2012, how upset will you be?
Or are you quite happy with a replacement that looks for all the world like a Subaru version of the Mitsubishi RVR?