These updates could come to the US sooner than you think.
The 2019 Subaru Impreza Sedan and Impreza Hatchback were once the only all-wheel-drive options in the compact segment until the new Mazda3 arrived on the scene. The fifth-generation Impreza has been on the market since the 2017 model year, meaning it might be time for a facelift. Subaru recently introduced all-new versions of the larger Legacy sedan and Outback crossover so we wouldn't be surprised if the Impreza was updated in a similar fashion.
When a car is about to be facelifted, we usually see spy shots of a camouflaged test mule but with the Impreza, these photos are coming right from Subaru in Japan. Subaru has already revealed a facelifted 2020 Impreza for the Japanese market and the changes could be coming to the US model.
You can spot the 2020 Impreza from its revised front fascia, grille, and headlights. The differences are subtle, to say the least, so you'll likely need to be a Subaru fan to notice. Subaru has split the WRX from the Impreza for the past several years now, meaning it will be a bit longer before we see anything new on that front.
This JDM Impreza will likely differ from the US-Spec model but all trims now come with Subaru's EyeSight Touring Assist, which includes semi-autonomous driving aids that can accelerate, brake, and steer. Subaru has also added power tilt-down mirrors and a front-facing camera system.
The available engines include a 1.6-liter flat-four producing 115 horsepower and a 2.0-liter flat-four with 154 hp (two more hp than the current US-Spec model). In the US, AWD comes standard, but Japanese buyers can also get front-wheel-drive. US buyers can also have a manual transmission while Japanese buyers are stuck with a CVT only. Subaru hasn't announced a 2020 Impreza for the US market but we wouldn't be surprised to see an official reveal at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show in November.