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Subaru WRX Concept Debut

The Impreza was updated last year, the WRX gets the treatment.

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What's New

The Subaru WRX Concept is said to be a design study, but make no mistake, the "concept" will be a reality and look much like this car. Once the mirrors become larger, and the door handles and taillights get replaced--once all of the conceptual touches are addressed--Subaru will have its new WRX. After the Japanese automaker refreshed the Subaru Impreza last year, we were expecting the WRX to follow closely behind. And while we don't have a lot of specifics, it's likely that Subaru will opt to use a similar 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, one that has been well received in the BRZ. And like the BRZ, Subaru is expected to focus on the WRX's handling; true to Subaru, it will also be all-wheel-drive, and ready to take on inclement weather.

Who It's For

The Subaru WRX Concept previews the future WRX, which is expected to continue attracting performance-minded customers looking for all-wheel-drive utility. With an anticipated 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, sleek lines and updated design, the WRX will look to compete with the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, Volkswagen GTI, and Ford Focus ST. If the next WRX is close to the Subaru WRX Concept, its fresh styling, dramatic headlights and taillights, and aggressive looks should do much to appease Subaru fans, and turn some newcomers on to the brand.

Key Features

The Subaru WRX Concept updates the WRX with dramatic new styling, but keeps much of its essence.
  • Dramatic styling: headlights, taillights, and mirrors likely to be modified before production
  • A new 2.0-liter turbocharged engine anticipated, a version of the one used by the Subaru BRZ
  • All-wheel-drive, and a renewed emphasis on handling

What We Think

Elements of concepts are often applied to future vehicles, but the Subaru WRX Concept debuts months before we expect a new WRX itself. The WRX Concept adds new dramatic styling that we like, but we're curious to see what makes it to production. With all-wheel-drive standard, and a projected new 2.0-liter turbocharged engine to do the heavy lifting, the WRX could be as competitive as ever. With competition such as the Volkswagen GTI, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, and the Ford Focus ST, Subaru will have to make sure some of the styling changes make their way to the interior, as well. If so, the new WRX should look to build upon the nameplate, and be a success for the Japanese automaker.

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Don Millsaps
Don Millsaps

headlights and mirrors will be different but I don't see why the rest couldn't stay just like it is

Kelly Anderson
Kelly Anderson

I bet so. What's the other model? The BRZ? It's similar to that so I couldn't imagine the design going backwards to conservative for the WRX

Jason Davis
Jason Davis

if it does, I'll buy the wagon. (wishful thinking)