Subaru plans to refresh or renew nearly all its models in the coming years, and the first product to hit showrooms will be updated WRX and WRX STI performance cars. According to Automotive News, the new Subaru WRX and WRX STI will debut this November at the Los Angeles auto show.
WRX, WRX STI: A concept version of the new Subaru WRX was shown at the New York auto show earlier this year (pictured above). Based on the new version of the Impreza sedan, the WRX concept wore a large hood scoop, bright-green brake calipers, aggressive air intakes, and a sloping coupe-like roofline. Automotive News reports the new Subaru WRX and WRX STI will be offered only as sedans, with the long-popular five-door model disappearing. That agrees with our spy photographer’s images of a 2015 Subaru WRX STI sedan. The car wore a large rear wing, quad exhaust tips, and a hood scoop, and was clearly based on the current Subaru Impreza sedan. The 2014 Subaru WRX and 2014 Subaru WRX STI continue unchanged from last year.
Outback, Legacy: New versions of the wagon and sedan will be introduced in the third quarter of next year, AN reports. Our spy photos of the 2015 Subaru Outback and 2015 Subaru Legacy reveal that the cars will essentially receive fresher, smoother styling than the current models. Subaru will likely try to push the cars’ image up-market with better interior materials, LED lighting, and possibly even a hybrid powertrain.
Impreza: The Subaru Impreza sedan and hatchback will be refreshed next year. An all-new version will debut in late 2016 or early 2017, at which time Subaru will also expand its plant in Lafayette, Indiana, to add domestic production of the Impreza.
BRZ: In late 2015, a refreshed 2016 Subaru BRZ will be introduced. Although we’ve heard many rumors of a convertible version, AN reports that Subaru is unlikely to approve a BRZ convertible. Such a model would reportedly need its wheelbase stretched by four inches in order to provide adequate back-seat room, which could push the model’s price point too high.
Forester: The 2014 Subaru Forester was an all-new model, and it will be refreshed in 2017.
XV Crosstrek: The high-riding Impreza derivative will be face-lifted in mid-2015 for the 2016 model year. The Subaru XV Crosstrek went on sale for the 2013 model year and adds a hybrid variant this fall.
Tribeca: The unloved, slow-selling (just 994 sold all year) Subaru Tribeca will be overhauled within three years. AN reports that a new model is already under development, and will offer considerably increased interior room and cargo space, addressing one of the model’s key failings compared to other three-row crossovers.
Source: Automotive News