New Subaru, Mazda set for New York show

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New Subaru, Mazda set for New York show

Subaru is confirming that the all-new Impreza will be unveiled at the New York International Auto Show on 23rd March.

Mazda is also set to reveal an as-yet unnamed new model at the show, predicted by industry observers to be the hardtop version of the latest MX-5 roadster.

The new Impreza, a core model for Subaru, will be the first car from the brand to be built on the new Subaru Global Platform vehicle architecture created under the brand’s ‘Performance 2020’ growth strategy announced in 2014.

Subaru's four-door Impreza concept was revealed at the 2015 LA Auto Show.

The saloon is expected to be close to Subaru’s four-door Impreza concept revealed at the 2015 LA Auto Show.

Subaru is giving few details of the new Impreza yet, only releasing a teaser picture of the nose and headlamp (above) and stating that it has been completely redesigned inside and out. This will apparently include upgraded in-car technology and a more spacious interior along with a sleek new exterior look.

Five-door and four-door concepts were displayed at respectively the 2015 Tokyo and LA motor shows (see story here) and the new models are expected to follow their exterior design closely.

The new Impreza will like its predecessors be all-wheel-drive and employ the brand’s signature horizontally-opposed ‘Boxer’ engines. It will be unveiled in both four-door saloon and five-door hatch form, but which of these will come to the UK is still open to speculation. Traditionally Subaru has broken the mould on saloon sales in Britain, the four-door Impreza proving more popular.

Mazda’s LA show unveiling is currently a complete mystery but if it is the MX-5 hardtop it is expected to include a more compact, more efficient roof-fold mechanism than its predecessor.

Andrew Charman

Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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