What is it? The WRX concept previews the next WRX and STi, replacing the current models based on the previous-generation Impreza. The new WRX and STi will get a sleek coupe-like four-door body style based on the current Impreza sedan. However, it is a few inches shorter, narrower, and lower than the Impreza, further distinguishing these sporty models from the more mainstream underpinings.
The WRX Concept also has a carbon-fiber roof to further reduce weight and lower the center of gravity. The sporty WRX and high-performance STi will still use all-wheel-drive and turbocharged engines of varying degrees. The concept also harkens back to the original Japanese WRX and factory rally teams with electric metallic blue paint and fluorescent yellow accents.
What is new or notable? Reports on overseas websites suggest the engines will be reduced to 1.6 liters, though we wouldn’t be surprised to see Subaru stick with a 2.0-liter in the United States. Expect the WRX to produce around 260 hp, and the STi to remain around 300.
CR’s take: At this time, Subaru hasn’t released specifics on either powertrains or the underpinnings of the new WRX (or STi). But we found the sharp steering of the latest Impreza is a big improvement over the previous generation, which should provide a good basis for Subaru to restore the frisky fun of the old WRX, which we found lacking in the current generation.