Friday, October 3, 2014
Hybrid Tail Lights on my '12 Impreza Hatchback!
The hurdle to jump with this conversion is the plug for the wiring harness between the car and the tail light. While the wiring layout is IDENTICAL between the Impreza and XV Crosstrek Hybrid, the plugs are shaped differently, preventing this from being a simple "Plug-n-Play" swap. However, it is still quite easy to take care of by depinning the plugs and re-using the Impreza housing for the Hybrid tail light wiring. Just keep track of the layout between the two so you don't mix it up, but other than that... it's a relatively simple conversion in application.
While it is quite easy to do, you probably won't see a lot of Impreza Hatchbacks toting these sharp tail lights. Unless you manage to meet up with a Hybrid owner who isn't attached to their beautiful LED tail lights that would like to swap with you, these parts aren't cheap. Mix in the fact that trying to find these tail lights in the used market will be quite difficult as the car (as of this post) hasn't even been available for purchase for a year in the US. They don't make too many of these Hybrids either, which will make any shot at finding a used set even tougher. Purchasing the necessary parts from a local Subaru dealership will cost you quite a hefty chunk of change.
My little Hatchback is more confusing than ever, what with WRX wheels, quad-tipped exhaust, and now sporty-looking tail lights, it doesn't look much like the base model economy car that it actually is. I'm really happy with the results and will keep working to make my Impreza unique, but still somehow look like it was some sort of factory-option that never was.