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Old 05-12-2004, 11:58 AM   #1
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Lightbulb YOUR predictions of Subaru's future model line up

My predictions are as follows:

The new 7 passenger
The new sedan based off of new 7 pax
The Outback
THe Legacy
The Forester
The Impreza
A new replacement for Baja

Thats wat i predict will be a future line up for Subaru wat do yall think?
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Old 05-12-2004, 12:40 PM   #2
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Legacy STi for 2006..
2006 Impreza new model...
2009 - Legacy redesign, 2007 - current Legacy facelift..
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Old 05-12-2004, 01:18 PM   #3
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Let us not forget the Forester STi
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Old 05-12-2004, 01:39 PM   #4
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Impreza/Outback sports
Legacy/Outbacks
Forester
7 Passenger SUV
B9 Roadster

some form of hybrid.
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Old 05-12-2004, 02:23 PM   #5
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Subaru will introduce its Next Generation New Platform (N-PF) for compacts (Impreza, Forester) as well as its Next Generation Hybrid Power Source (N-PS, aka SSHEV) sometime around the 2nd quarter of 2006. The new Subaru flagship 7-passenger vehicle will be introduced around the end of the 1st quarter of 2005. Graphically, the Subaru's product plans look like this:
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Old 05-12-2004, 02:41 PM   #6
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I just hope they will have STI's and Legecy's that don't look like the concept cars they have shown at car shows in 2007. Thats when I plan on buying a new car. Still gonna keep the WRX, don't ever want to give up my classic Bug Eyes
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Old 05-12-2004, 03:15 PM   #7
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"new flagship car for North America"

Will that be the 7 pax? or the rumored sedan based off the 7 pax?

What I want:

B9sc (or other roadster)
Impreza
Forester
Legacy
Outback
Full Sized Sedan
7 Pax
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Old 05-12-2004, 03:22 PM   #8
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My guesses:

R1e (Europe + Asia only?)
Scrambler (B9, hope so ...)
Impreza/Impreza Outback Sport
Cross-Sports Forester/Forester
Legacy/Legacy Outback
New Flagship/7-Passenger

I think now they'll have a cross-over/SUV form for every model, although I think it'll change as the years go by.

Just some thoughts
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Old 05-12-2004, 04:10 PM   #9
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I could also see, as others have noted before, getting rid of the impreza wagon and outback sport altogether and focusing on the Forester.

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Old 05-12-2004, 05:46 PM   #10
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Hopefully they really mean global, I don't think it would be wise to exclude North America on the R1e. With rising gas prices and higher demand for smaller alternative fuel vehicles it would be silly to not offer a Prius competitor. I predict the following in the next 5 model years-

Flagship Car = Large luxury sedan
Flagship Coupe = B11S
SUV = 7 Pax
Minivan = Traviq
Mid-Size SUV = Forester
Mid-Size Car = Legacy line
Compact Car = Impreza line
Compact SUV = Justy GX
Sub-Compact = R1e Hybrid
Roadster = B9 Scrambler

STi variations of Forester, Legacy, and Impreza.
Prodrive variations of all other models instead of LL Bean badging.

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Old 05-12-2004, 07:16 PM   #11
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I could also see, as others have noted before, getting rid of the impreza wagon and outback sport altogether and focusing on the Forester.

mo
I bet subaru has no intentions on getting rid of their wagons. Atleast 50% of the impreza's i see are wagons. A lot of those people aren't just gonna buy a forester or an impreza sedan after they get rid of wagons. Most "wagon people" love their wagons.
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Old 05-12-2004, 07:36 PM   #12
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I bet FHI does ditches the name Impreza in 2006.

From the opening to a Seinfeld episode:
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I like the names they have for cars. Like, no baron has ever owned a LeBaron. Or the Ford LTD. "LTD." Limited. It's a "limited" edition...what did they make, fifty million of those? "Yes, it's 'limited' to the number we can sell." Or when they try and mangle a positive word into a car name, you know how they'll do that? The "Integra." Oh, integrity? No, Integra. The "Supra." Or the "Impreza." Yeah? Well, I hope it's not a "lemona"...or you'll be hearing from my "lawya."
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Old 05-12-2004, 10:14 PM   #13
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Knowing Subaru they'll probably just cut off or add pieces to their cars and call it a new car (Baja, Outback). I hope not though.
I can't figure out why they have waited so long to make a full size 7 passenger SUV... can't imagine the sales they've lost not having one (at least in the US). I could see them making an Impreza Hybrid and calling it something else.
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Old 05-12-2004, 10:54 PM   #14
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Crossing fingers for 2006 Legacy STi.
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Old 05-13-2004, 12:14 AM   #15
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Here is my thinking

7 pax suv
Dakota sized pickup
legacy sedan, wagon, and COUPE sti model late 05
impreza sedan & wagon
STi as coupe or sedan
forester w/ a STi model by 07
new smaller rally car platform (think Pug. 206 size)
minivan = traviq
Baja gets the axe in MY06
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Old 05-13-2004, 03:02 AM   #16
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Impreza
Legacy
Outback
7-Seater
Hybrid car

Thats the general view of what I think they will do, in fact probably do. The 7 seater we know is coming, and the Hybrid will be required to offset CAFE.
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Old 05-13-2004, 08:49 AM   #17
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Hmmm... EPA has just announced a timetable for low-sulphur diesel. I wonder if we'll see a diesel boxer and a diesel/electric hybrid making the rounds of the car shows before long?
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Old 05-13-2004, 09:57 AM   #18
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Here is my thinking

7 pax suv
Dakota sized pickup
legacy sedan, wagon, and COUPE sti model late 05
impreza sedan & wagon
STi as coupe or sedan
forester w/ a STi model by 07
new smaller rally car platform (think Pug. 206 size)
minivan = traviq
Baja gets the axe in MY06
With all due respect, I highly doubt there will be either a pickup of any size or a minivan and here's why. First of all, a pickup the size of a Dakota or of any size really, will require a ladder frame and a big V6, neither of which Subaru has. The only possibility here is a re-badged GM car, even that is highly unprobable since Subaru wants to move upscale and trucks won't help that image.

The only other option for a pickup would be a unibody chassis, a la Honda's Odessy based concept. I think Subaru has learned their lesson with the Baja.

Re the minivan, that is the whole purpose of the 7 Pax. Minivans were hot at one point, but has since been replaced by SUV's. Sure, SUV are rough and don't have the handling of even a minivan, but that's why they have evolved to crossover SUV's that have the space of a minivan with the rugged look of an SUV and the handling of a car.

I don't know what Subaru will do other than what's already been confirmed (7 Pax), but I would love to see a STi lineup along the lines of AMG. I'm personally waiting for a Forester STi. Don't worry, I'm not holding my breath.

I also think there will be a real sports car, not a SVX, but something more along the lines of the old XT. Two doors, two seats, AWD with two engine choices, 250HP 2.5L H4 Turbo and a 3.7L 375HP H6 Turbo. The current NA 3.0 H6 is terribly redunant compared to the 2.5 H4 Turbo. Sure it's aimed at a more refined ride, but I've read that the H4 Turbo can be tuned to be just as smooth and refined.

This thing could be a real contender for a Porsche 911 Carrera 4 for less than half the price. Heck, there could even be a 450HP STi 3.7L H6.
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Old 05-13-2004, 10:42 AM   #19
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Always good to hear your thoughts Max...cuz you have an awesome name!

I agree that we won't see a pickup as big as a dakota...especially the next gen dakota. However, I think Subaru has demonstrated that they recognize how big the pickup market is in the US and I would be suprised if they give up on it this soon. I would love to see a new Baja-like vehicle but based on the new 7pax platform.

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Old 05-13-2004, 11:46 AM   #20
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my hopes

an sti model line up (like AMG)

A separation of Impreza and WRX ( just like separation of Outback and Legacy)

Forester will stay

a return of the svx (like the revival of the brat into baja)

Outback/Legacy will stay

make Impreza more of a premium car against likes of jetta

the 7 pax

the fullsize car based off of the 7pax

the R1e
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Old 05-13-2004, 11:55 AM   #21
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From the opening to a Seinfeld episode:

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Old 05-13-2004, 03:20 PM   #22
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With all due respect, I highly doubt there will be either a pickup of any size or a minivan and here's why. First of all, a pickup the size of a Dakota or of any size really, will require a ladder frame and a big V6, neither of which Subaru has. The only possibility here is a re-badged GM car, even that is highly unprobable since Subaru wants to move upscale and trucks won't help that image.

The only other option for a pickup would be a unibody chassis, a la Honda's Odessy based concept. I think Subaru has learned their lesson with the Baja.

Re the minivan, that is the whole purpose of the 7 Pax. Minivans were hot at one point, but has since been replaced by SUV's. Sure, SUV are rough and don't have the handling of even a minivan, but that's why they have evolved to crossover SUV's that have the space of a minivan with the rugged look of an SUV and the handling of a car.

I don't know what Subaru will do other than what's already been confirmed (7 Pax), but I would love to see a STi lineup along the lines of AMG. I'm personally waiting for a Forester STi. Don't worry, I'm not holding my breath.

I also think there will be a real sports car, not a SVX, but something more along the lines of the old XT. Two doors, two seats, AWD with two engine choices, 250HP 2.5L H4 Turbo and a 3.7L 375HP H6 Turbo. The current NA 3.0 H6 is terribly redunant compared to the 2.5 H4 Turbo. Sure it's aimed at a more refined ride, but I've read that the H4 Turbo can be tuned to be just as smooth and refined.

This thing could be a real contender for a Porsche 911 Carrera 4 for less than half the price. Heck, there could even be a 450HP STi 3.7L H6.
Even though it's all speculation here, I disagree on your view of the minivan. I don't see a full size pick up added in the Subaru line up for the simple reason that it doesn't fit in their global plan right now. It has nothing to do with developing a truck frame because they'd easily be able to adapt their boxer engine to a GM truck frame and can even use an Isuzu frame. A minivan is easy to add especially if they decide to transfer the Traviq to the USA, which is currently also used by Opel, since GM owns that. The minivan has not been replaced by the SUV if you take a look at current trends. Sales of some SUVs are slowing down while the Nissan Quest and Toyota Sienna are gaining market share. The big family hauler is no longer the craze is used to be because, for the majority of people, it's not really practical for everyday use. That was my reason for speculating they'd add a minivan to the lineup versus a pick up. I do agree that many companies have evolved the SUV into tall car-based wagons to make for better ride and performance but, there's definitely a loyal van market out there that can't be ignored.

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Heh, that's really not too bad of a look IMO, even though I'm not a big fan of that type of headlight, the execution of that look looks a bit better. It appears to have lines from a number of different vehicles. Even enough space for that front place.
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Old 05-18-2004, 12:17 PM   #24
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The upside down Alfa grill is starting to grow on me too, but I'm skeptical of how that grill will look on other models. The roadster reminds me of the BMW Z8. Strong and sleek, but not as feminine, sexy like a Ferrari.

To be honest, I'm sort of a Mazdaphile, but there are no Mazda's on my short list of possible vehicle purchases and 2 Subaru's (FXT and STi). I still think Mazda design, especially in the last couple of years, have been very attractive while Subaru designed (excluding new Legacy sedan, the wagon still seems a bit odd) is lacking or too angular without being stylist.

Subaru's strongest attributes are the AWD system, the flexibility of it's flat 4 (170HP, 250HP, 300HP) and value. That is why the Forester and the STi are on my list and the Mazda6 and Mazda3 are not though I find them much more attractive. Large aftermarket support for the H4 turbo is also a big bonus.

Of course, this could change if a Turbo/Supercharged Mazdaspeed RX-8 or a 4th gen RX-7 makes to market.
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