One of the biggest changes for the new 2015 Subaru WRX is the lack of a hatchback version. Many enthusiasts preferred the wagon/hatchback version of the older WRX and WRX STI, but for this version Subaru built only a sedan, claiming that allowed them to save development money. Now, however, Australia’s Motoring reports things could change.
“We have received strong interest from the U.S., where the hatchback was 50 percent (of previous-generation WRX sales), so we’re now considering,” WRX project general manager Masuo Takatsu told Motoring. “The main target for WRX is the U.S.”
Despite that optimistic note, and the fact that previous generations enjoyed a 50/50 split between sedan and hatch body styles, there’s still no guarantee a long-roof WRX will return. Subaru of America spokesman Dominick Infante told us today, “We don’t have any plans, or know about any plans, for a WRX hatch.”
The standard 2015 Subaru WRX sedan was introduced at 2013 Los Angeles auto show. It has a 2.0-liter turbocharged flat-four engine with 268 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, all-wheel drive, and a choice between a six-speed manual and a continuously variable transmission. Pricing starts at $27,090, after destination. The 2015 Subaru WRX STI sedan, which extracts 305 hp from a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine, was revealed at the 2014 Detroit auto show and starts at $35,290.