David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
10/17/11 12:00 a.m.

We have a lot of newness to report after an early look at the 2012 Subaru Impreza: new body, new engine and new feel. Some stuff does remain the same, though. The Impreza is still driven by a boxer engine and an all-wheel drive setup. The suspension retains struts up front and double wishbones at the rear.

What else is new? The door openings are bigger. The windshield is much more sloped. Interior materials have been upgraded. The body in white weighs less.

Engine displacement is also down from 2.5 liters to 2.0, helping the Impreza earn much better economy numbers than before—fuel economy has been a weak point for Subarus in recent memory. Twin-cam heads replace single-cam pieces. A CVT replaces the traditional automatic, although a five-speed manual is also available.

Subaru will carry the 2011 Impreza WRX and STI into 2012. We're told that turbocharged versions of the new car are on the way, but no details have officially been released. The rumor mill, however, has been working overtime on this one.

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