Next-gen Subaru WRC Photo: Supplied
David McCowen | Jul, 04 2018 | 0 Comments

Subaru fans will need to wait at least 18 months to get hold of a new WRX.

Speaking to Drive at the launch of the new Forester, Subaru Australia managing director Colin Christie said supporters of the brand must wait to see a next-gen successor to its performance hero.

“The WRX has obviously been a terrific car for us in market,” Christie said.

“At this point in time we don’t actually have a confirmed date for when the next-generation WRX or STI will come to market, so in terms of what’s next off the rank, there’s no confirmation of what that will be yet. 

“There are no firm commitments but I would be surprised if it was here in 2019.

“2019 is not that far away to be honest.” 

Given how far away the next WRX is, there is a strong chance the model will bring hybrid power. 

Subaru’s European sales and marketing manager has been quoted as saying “we’re not giving up on 'fun to drive’…  fun in a different, more sensible, CO2 emissions-compliant way”.

Next-gen examples of the Mitsubishi Evolution and Nissan GT-R are almost certain to feature a degree of electrification. Subaru’s interpretation may take the form of a mild hybrid system similar to the hybrid Forester which will arrive locally before 2020. That model uses a conventional petrol engine and all-wheel-drive system in tandem with an integrated starter generator providing a small amount of electric boost, while reducing emissions in urban centres.

Christie played down suggestions the WRX will feature hybrid power.

“I’m not sure, to be honest,” he said.

“We haven’t even started discussing what a new-generation WRX or STI would look like, or even getting into any detail in terms of powerplants. 

“There’s nothing on the cards, certainly.”

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