The Subaru WRX is back (at least in concept car form), and it’s more aggressive than ever.
We had long heard that Subaru was looking to differentiate the next WRX from its pedestrian Impreza sibling, and it shows. The turbocharged sedan no longer looks like an econobox with a racy front fascia and a giant rear wing.
The more aggressive look starts up front: the WRX Concept has a trapezoidal grille with a black mesh insert and floating Subaru badge. It’s flanked by two long, wraparound LED running lights (there are two more LED strips in the lower front fascia) and sits atop another diagonal aperture. The hood scoop is neatly integrated into the sloping hood.
Behind the front wheels is an aerodynamic cutout that traces back through the front doors and almost completely through the rears, where the lines meet with boxy, flared rear wheel arches. Out back the trunklid doesn’t feature a gigantic rear wing; instead, Subaru integrated a lip spoiler, which curves into the rear quarter panels, where it meets two thin LED taillights. We’re especially enamored with the lower rear fascia, which integrates quad exhausts (with yellow tips that match the yellow brake calipers) that flank an aggressive rear diffuser.
To best understand how different the WRX is from the base Impreza, look up–the roof panels on this concept are made of carbon fiber, which lowers the car’s center of gravity.
The WRX concept is 178 inches long with a 108.7-inch wheelbase, 74.4-inches wide, and 54.7 inches tall. That’s a dramatic change from the 2013 Impreza sedan, which is 180 inches long with a 104.1-inch wheelbase, 68.5 inches wide, and 57.7 inches tall.
The WRX Concept is just that — a concept — and as such few details about its powertrain are known. Subaru only says that the next WRX will be powered by a next-generation turbocharged engine. We’d bet on a turbocharged version of the FA20 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder, but there’s no official word at this point.