As Subaru continues its march into the American automotive mainstream, many have wondered how its quirky, all-wheel drive-focused lineup might change to meet mass-market tastes. At this year's Tokyo Motor Show, Subaru is presenting a pair of intriguing concepts with the theme of telling the "New Subaru Story." The attention getter of the bunch has been the Subaru Impreza 5-Door Concept, a design study for the next-generation of automaker's signature car, expected to hit the market in late 2016 as a 2017 model year vehicle. 

The Impreza 5-Door Concept merges Subaru's "Dynamic & Solid" and "Enjoyment and Peace of Mind" aesthetics, with an overall body shape that is more aerodynamic and rounder than we're used to from the builder. Familiar Subaru design notes are struck by the front fascia of the 5-Door Concept, which appears as a slightly refined version of the current-generation Impreza's, and by sculpted bodylines running from the front fenders through the side panels. 

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Shorter, yet wider

There is no information on potential powertrains for the Impreza 5-Door Concept, but its measurements are interesting to compare to the current-generation version. Subaru concept cars don't always directly translate to final production vehicles, but should the 5-Door Concept prove to be a true preview of the 2017 model, the new Impreza will be both shorter in length (173 inches versus 174) and height (56.7 versus 57.7), while gaining over five inches in width (74 inches compared to the current Impreza's 68.5).  

Is the Impreza 5-Door Concept truly our first look at the 2017 production model? Only time will tell-fans of the WRX Concept from a few years back will tell you that Subaru concept designs don't always resemble the final product. In this case, however, Subaru's press release states that the Impreza 5-Door Concept not only speaks to where the design language of the Impreza is going but also Subaru's lineup as a whole, so it stands to reason that the production car may not look too different from what we're seeing at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.

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