2015 SUBARU WRX PREVIEWED
Subaru has taken the wraps off its WRX Concept in New York, offering a clear hint at the styling of the production 2015 WRX.
The official unveiling comes just days after a full gallery of images surfaced online, and the muscular four-door coupe looks just as impressive under the motor-show lights.
Subaru is keeping mum on most specific details, but confirmed a link to the production model’s styling, and a ‘focus on sharp handling, AWD grip, and turbo power.’
Sounds like a proper WRX then.
The only figures offered at this stage are the WRX Concept’s key dimensions, which measures 4521mm long, 1890mm wide, and 1389mm high, over a 2761mm wheelbase.
This is 59mm shorter, 95mm wider, 86mm lower, and the wheelbase 36mm longer than the existing (previous generation Impreza based) WRX sedan.
It is known that the new WRX will use the current Impreza's platform, but significant changes are on the cards. Significantly, the WRX Concept measures 59mm shorter, 150mm wider and 76mm lower than the Imprez, with a 116mm longer wheelbase.
Shorter, wider and lower over a longer wheelbase are fundamental ingredients to boosting the WRX’s dynamics, and these changes are expected to carry through to production.
The concept also benefits from a carbon fibre roof panel to reduce overall weight and lower its center of gravity.
Subaru has named the concept’s take on the classic blue hue "WR Blue Pearl III", while the flourescent yellow highlights on the grille badge, brake calipers and exhaust tips reflect the brand’s classic WRC signage.
The production model is expected to use a turbocharged version of the BRZ/Toyota 86 twins’ 2.0 litre FA boxer, with a Subaru-specific direct injection system (unlike BRZ/86’s Toyota system).
Outputs will be easily maintained at or above the current WRX’s 195kW/343Nm by combining the direct injection with more modern turbo technology.
Subaru is still yet to confirm a launch date for the new model, although sometime in 2014 is expected.