Back home in Japan though, Subaru has dropped a teaser video for a hotter Levorg STI, shown undergoing European testing.
That’s an odd location however, as the new Levorg variant is expected to remain a Japan-only proposition.
In its standard form the Levorg offers a choice of two turbocharged four-cylinder boxer engines: a 125kW 1.6 litre, or a 218kW 2.0 litre derived from the Japanese-specification WRX.
Final outputs for the STI version haven’t been disclosed yet, although in Japan the WRX STI runs a 227kW version of the WRX’s 2.0 litre engine, compared to the 221kW 2.5 litre engine offered in Australia.
What is clear from the video though is that new Bilstein dampers tie the uprated Levorg to the road, new alloy wheels on high-performance rubber will be offered, and the interior will receive a few small revisions. Subaru's traditional all-wheel-drive will also remain in place.
If the formula sounds familiar, that’s because Subaru’s Levorg S Concept, shown at the Tokyo Auto Salon in January this year, previewed the formula. However, where the show car featured a six-speed manual, the teaser video shows that the Levorg STI will stick with the CVT automatic from the rest of the range.
External changes should be fairly limited too, a new front lip resides beneath the bumper of the development mules, while an STI badge on the grille and tailgate are about as daring as the new variant gets.
As for Australian wagon fans, they’ll be able to get their hands on a new Levorg from mid-year, but those looking for an STI-enhanced version may have to take a trip through the accessories catalog instead.
For now though, take a look at the video below and tell us what you think of the Levorg in the comments.
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