Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Subaru Generational Changes
Confused already? Here's a quick rundown of what Subaru currently does with their lineup.
For the most part, we can use these generational changes as a sort of crystal ball to predict what features and designs will make their way on to Subarus in the future because they share so many parts. For a long time, Subaru utilized two main platforms to build their vehicles. The Impreza Platform brought us the Impreza WRX (later on just named the WRX), the Forester, and the Outback Sport (later the Crosstrek). The Legacy platform also brought it's twisted sister: the Legacy Outback, which was later simplified to be called the Outback.
Because many parts were shared between Legacy and Impreza platforms, many of their designs and features were interchangeable and carried over into the next model. For instance, when the Impreza's 4th Generation Design was released, we saw the dashboard make it's way onto the 2013 XV Crosstrek, the 2014 Forester, and the 2015 WRX and WRX STI. The Legacy and Outback seem to be redesigned during the same year each time, so the progression isn't stretched out over several years like the Impreza-based models.
Here's where things change, though. With the introduction of the Global Platform, there are two possibilities with future Subaru designs. The first is that because they all share the same platform that we see even more parts interchanging between models. Imprezas, Crosstreks, Foresters, WRXs, could start to share more components with the Legacy and Outback designs. However, the second possibility is that while the platform would remain mostly similar, that the models might start to individualize themselves more. Again, since the model for designs hasn't been changed in a long time, the Global Platform could shake things up and crack our precious crystal ball.
One thing is certain though: the 2017 Impreza is a glimpse of what could be for future models. The closely-related Crosstrek and WRX will certainly get cues from the new Impreza as they are released later on down the line. Dashboard design, body shape, general functions and features will make their way onto the new models as they are released. And we can likely expect to see those changes following each line's current cycle.
Nearly all of the generational changes seen with Subaru since the introduction of the Legacy and Impreza models could get thrown out the window with the global platform, so the crystal ball for the last several years could be thrown out the window with the current generations of Subarus expiring and switching over to the Global Platform that they will soon all share. After that, it's all up to whatever future Subaru has!