If you’re on the fence on buying a Subaru car, then the changes coming should get you off that indecision. The developments stem from Subaru’s “Prominence 2020” master plan, with the main goal being to increase product output and quality while reducing costs. Subaru insiders further hinted that there are newly developed technologies to be incorporated in their next-generation engines and vehicle designs. Subaru’s entire line is marked for the change.
Their flagship vehicle, the Impreza, will have a radical redesign pegged for release in 2016 or 2017 from a newly-expanded factory in Indiana. The shape is reportedly based on that of the sporty, coupe-like WRX Concept shown at the 2013 New York International Auto Show. Speaking of coupes, fans of the BRZ can expect the line to be retooled for a new generation around 2018.
Shifts are afoot for Subaru’s crossover family, with the Outback and Forester pegged to stay the same through 2017. The XV Crosstrek is to be “freshened” for the 2016 model year. An all-new seven-seat crossover is also slated to replace the Tribeca.
No major changes are expected of the Legacy midsize sedan. The 2015 model is already reaping raves for its noise-reduction technology.
Drivers who’ve always wished for a Prius-like vehicle may have their wishes answered: Subaru hinted that one of the existing vehicles will pack a plug-in hybrid powerplant by 2017, with 13 states that impose tough emissions standards as the first markets.