It's the moment fans have been waiting for.
There was little work in guessing what Subaru's "Performance Concept" will reveal when it appears in New York this week, and now the jig is up.
Revealed in new leaked images today, Subaru's new WRX concept offers fans the first concrete evidence that their next 'Rex' will be a four-door coupe.
Shown here in traditional 'world rally blue', the concept previews what will be a coupe-like sports companion to the Impreza range, and a powerful big bother to the BRZ coupe.
Debuting as a wholly new model, the WRX concept wears a new styling language that has also been previewed with the recent Viziv SUV concept.
Subaru's traditional grille design dominates the front of the concept, flanked by a sharp new headlight style and large lower intakes.
A muscular bonnet sits above the new face, with the familiar deep scoop hinting at the turbocharged engine that lies beneath.
Familiar flared arches make up the bulk of the concept's profile, while a tight character line runs through to Subaru's new hooked tail-light design, also seen on the Viziv concept.
While the new WRX's styling is clear, the concept's mechanical package remains a secret for now.
The move from the current model’s 2.5 litre displacement is being driven by fuel economy and efficiency demands.
Outputs will be easily maintained at or above the current model’s 195kW/343Nm by combining the direct injection with more modern turbo technology.
Spied development mules have sported a six-speed manual gear selector, suggesting the new WRX will gain the STi's extra ratio for the first time.
A launch date for the new model remains unconfirmed, although sometime in 2014 or early 2015 is likely.
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