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Clipped Wing and an Automatic: Subaru Launches 2011 WRX STI A-Line for Japan

The WRX and WRX STI aren’t the only Subaru Impreza models redone for the 2011 model year. Along with those sporty variants, Subaru has also redone the Japan-exclusive, automatic-equipped WRX STI A-Line model.

Yes, the STI can be optioned with a five-speed automatic transmission, just not in the U.S. The new bodywork makes its way to the A-Line with at least one major exception: the giant wing on the four-door STI is gone.
Like that STI, though, the A-Line model gets a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive. Tan leather seats are an option, as are special 18-inch BBS wheels.
Subaru has been steadily moving toward the mainstream and increasing sales in the process. Would a WRX STI A-Line make a good addition to the U.S. lineup? Or would you rather see something like the Exiga (pictured above) challenge seven-passenger crossovers and minivans in the U.S. in place of the seven-passenger-only Tribeca?
Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

Source: Subaru Japan

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