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.
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.
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.