Report: Next-Gen Subaru WRX Breaking Apart From Impreza

By Sam Grossman | July 15, 2011
The Subaru Impreza and the performance-oriented WRX model may be parting ways, Motor Trend reports. These two vehicles have shared the same basic body style since 1992, but it appears their time together has come to an end. Expect to see drastic changes to the WRX in the future. The new sporty car Subaru has announced it's launching in 2014 is likely to be the new WRX. “Apart from a few nuts and bolts, every part of the WRX will be unique. Even the engine and body,” said a source to Motor Trend. “Obviously the WRX’s platform will be inherited from the new Impreza, but it will be radically modified and significantly shortened.” The next WRX may receive a dynamic all-wheel-drive system along with a more efficient turbocharged boxer engine. “The first thing you must understand about our all – new WRX is that we have developed it from the ground up to win in motorsports events,” the source said to Motor Trend. “That’s why we have focused so heavily on weight issues, not to mention a shorter wheelbase that permits faster, more precise turn – in. Marry that to our proven AWD system, and we think we have a winner.” Neither pricing nor an exact debut date for the WRX has been announced, but the vehicle may roll into showrooms in about two years at price in the high $20,000 range. Source: Motor Trend