Rendered: 2014 Subaru WRX Sedan

TMR Team | Jun 7, 2013

The next generation of Subaru's hero WRX performer is around the corner, with recent spy photos offering a revealing preview of what we can expect in 2014.

Even through the test car's camouflage, it is clear that the new WRX will build on the look of the current Impreza, while taking styling cues from the January's WRX concept.

We've tasked graphic artist Theophilus Chin with crafting a realistic rendering of how the new model might look, turning the concept and spy photos into a pair of production-friendly images.

As our spy photos reveal, the concept's beastly proportions and mean countenance have been softened for the production model, just as the Impreza Design Concept copped a significant 'dumbing down' before hitting showrooms.

The spy shots highlight a narrow letterbox grille, although an insert along the bottom edge obscures a taller design - as shown in our renderings. This insert may feature on the production model, however.

The WRX's trademark pumped guards can be seen along the sedan's profile (we may have exaggerated them a little... Ed), while the rear-end will get its own unique lighting design.

The usual assortment of sports elements feature elsewhere, including a deep bonnet intake, new bumpers and skirts, and a tall wing on the rear deck.

A turbocharged version of the FA 2.0 litre boxer engine found in the BRZ/Toyota 86 twins is expected, but with a Subaru-specific direct injection system (unlike BRZ/86’s Toyota system).

The move from the current WRX’s 2.5 litre displacement is being driven by fuel economy and efficiency demands.

In WRX form, outputs will be easily maintained at or above the current model’s 195kW/343Nm by combining the direct injection with more modern turbo technology.

Australia

Global timing for the new WRX is still to be officially announced, although Subaru insiders suggest we could see the new model in Australia before the end of March next year.

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  • Milkman says,
    1 year ago
    2 likes
    The front looks like my Lancer Ralliart - whoops! dry
    • FrugalOne says,
      1 year ago
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      The front looks like my Lancer Ralliart - whoops! dry


      WELL SPOTTED

      Its a EVO clone!!

      • Balthazaaaaaargh says,
        1 year ago
        2 likes
        Wouldn't be the first time Evo and WRX have looked similar...
    • jimmy says,
      1 year ago
      If only Subaru could duplicate the handling and tunability laugh
      • jimmy says,
        1 year ago
        2 likes
        It has to be said that copying other brands is better than leaving Subaru designers to their own devices... Disaster prevented... Phew!
  • Grumps
    Grumps says,
    1 year ago
    3 likes
    Give Theo a job at Subaru!!

    It's a shame that the real one will still end up looking like a dog's breakfast.
  • Mart says,
    1 year ago
    4 likes
    So, Subaru are still making terrible looking cars.

    Lets hope this one is competitive with the latest bunch of FWD hot hatches, which give the current rubbery suspension, poor steering feedback WRX a hiding.
    • Chris says,
      1 year ago
      3 likes
      Do you have anything positive to say about the WRXs, Mark?
  • slap says,
    1 year ago
    2 likes
    Yeah I think mark is positive is looks like ***?
  • 2ndeffort says,
    1 year ago
    2 likes
    In the market and was genuinely excited about the concept car. Once again this rendition looks softened down and loses some of the appeal. I'd like to now which demographic the spin doctors are softening the design for? I would think that the majority of WRX buyers would be into an aggressive WRX shape.
  • DWS1 says,
    1 year ago
    1 like
    It's a Subaru - the wheels will never be that big and fill the guards like shown here.
    I would say that like all other previous WRX models, it is just the standard Imprezza body with pumped out sheet metal and a bigger motor - not the sexy concept car shown earlier this year. Maybe they need to ask Toyota to help finance a real separate model WRX.
  • Rick says,
    1 year ago
    2 likes
    Looks the same as the old model. Sounds the same as the old model watching the youtube clip of it testing in the States, and goes exactly the same as the old model. I bet the interior is made up of the same cheap plastic materials from the 80's as the old model too.

    They had a chance to make this car something special again. Instead: Subaru FAIL!
  • Neo says,
    1 year ago
    1 like
    Oh no the style Police are asleep again ; )

    I have been studying the great car styling gurus
    and obviously none of them work for Subaru.

    So...bluntly
    an amateur car designer could have come up with a better design..
    even after a wild party /
    hungover / under the weather
    screaming kids in the background
    blunt pencils and a old napkin to draw on!

    Subaru have a rich legacy of proven rally cars,
    so they think they will notch up sales
    by playing it safe?
    I don't think so!

    I am not comparing this to any other manufacturer just Subaru themselves, whom now have a low tolerance of any of their designs trying to be different like they used to be.

    I love the brand , the engineering and their working hard ethic and attitude, it is a pity the styling is last on the list and does not even come close to what lies beneath.

    cheers
    and
    Happy travels
    Neo

  • kevin says,
    1 year ago
    4 likes

    I bet more than half of you negative individuals will be running to your local subaru dealer to "test drive" i say you swallow your negative comments and embrace the subaru engine. bleh
    • jimmy says,
      1 year ago
      I doubt anyone here has ANY issues with Subaru engines, their horrible under-steer and sometimes ugly designs are another question. If anyone is serious about an AWD Turbo performance car they should buy an Evo, if you want a WRX for the brand or exhaust note then buy a WRX. I've owned 3 WRX/STI's and 3 Evo's BTW.
    • Chris says,
      1 year ago
      I must be the other half then , as a five time Subaru owner (including 3 wrx), I am so disappointed with the new wrx I have just purchase a BMW 135 ( twin turbo six cylinder). Looks like no more Subaru's for me
    • Dan says,
      7 months ago
      I say just go buy a Evo instead and be happier
  • Joey says,
    1 year ago
    If its not the concept version , you're taking a step backward. Kick the door wide open with the concept version for production. BMW m3, Lexus F sport would all lose sales because of that hot wrx that they probably won't make. Smh...
  • Akira Noguchi says,
    12 months ago
    Nobody want see but, Subaru are play with speculation about the new WRX STI using the actual Impreza G4 body.
    I belive that the Impreza G4 will take a STI version, maybe, or just a GT version with turbo charger, thing that happened with last version of Impreza before finally the WRX and WRX STI be released.
    The tests made with G4 body with a supposed STI bonnet style and rear wing in Nurb can be just a distraction to motorsport media.
    Subaru has announced that the new WRX STI will be made in a new plataform, and the name Impreza will be removed. So the new car will be called just WRX and will have a WRX STI version and absolutly will have a new bodyshell.
    So, what we supposed to wait for? Some thing looks like announced in Detroit? I don't think so, because the first presentation of actual Impreza G4 was awesome, but in fact the real car was a little bit dissapointed. Of corse is too much better than last normal impreza that was so ugly.
    Maybe some lines presented in Detroit will be maintained but 40% of we saw in Detroid must be changed.
  • Ho says,
    11 months ago
    I own the latest WRX and I do like it.It's the first Subaru I've owned and I'm quite impressed with the style, fun factor and the room it seems to have inside, particularly head room and leg room in the back. I have to agree with the comment on plastics. If its one thing that annoys you, it's the interior creaking and squeeking from plastic parts in the dash etc. rubbing. A brand new car shouldn't do that. Otherwise, I'm happy with it. When I saw the concept car, I thought it looked fantastic. My opinion is that this isn't a design for the future. It is a design for now. I'm only one person but if the concept car was the shape produced, I will definitely be buying it. If it's the other shape, I will definitely NOT be buying it. Question is, how many other people would feel the same.
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