Note: 2013 Subaru WRX Concept pictured here.
The Subaru WRX Concept may become more than just a concept after all. First introduced at the 2013 New York International Auto Show , the WRX Concept wowed just about everyone who saw it. So when Subaru unveiled the production model soon thereafter and it looked nothing like the concpet, a lot of us were disappointed, to say the least.
But Masuo Takatsu finally has some good news for us. Subaru’s WRX Project General Manager recently told Motoring that the design of the WRX Concept could still be used in a production car. Takatsu’s proclamation was confirmed by Subaru designer Mamoru Ishii, who laid out the company’s plans for the new 2016 Subaru Impreza .
According to Ishii, the WRX Concept’s sporty and aggressive look will be given to the all-new Impreza, with the WRX following after that. A bolder, lower body and a tucked roof section are parts of Subaru’s plan for the new Impreza, two design traits the WRX Concept flawlessly conveyed.
Without divulging any more details, Ishii also indicated that Subaru is preparing for an all-new model onslaught. The new Impreza and the subsequent WRX will be leading the pack with designs that will trace their roots to the 2013 WRX Concept.
In the end, Subaru’s reasoning for holding off on using the WRX Concept’s design is really more about timing than anything else. So it’s time to give the company a break.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Subaru Impreza.
People often confuse the Impreza as Subaru’s performance model, but the truth is, the Impreza is the company’s resident compact family sedan that battles against the Honda Civic.
Speaking of the Civic, it’s been a rough couple of years for Honda’s compact sedan. 2012 proved to be a disastrous year for the model, forcing Honda to revamp it just a year later. A year after that, the Civic received more modifications, resulting in a more masculine design that is now a far departure from the shoe box look of the 2012 model.
The Honda Civic is powered by a bevy of engines, beginning with a standard 1.8-liter I-4 that produces 143 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of torque, slightly less than the Impreza’s 148-horsepower output. From there, the Civic does have the Si trim that comes with a 2.4-liter I-4 i-VTEC with 205 horsepower and 174 pound-feet, a subtle improvement that owes its thanks to a retuned exhaust system.
Gallery Honda Civic
Any mention of a mainstream compact sedan will always lead back to the Toyota Corolla. As one of the world’s most iconic models, the Corolla holds the kind of cache that very few of its rivals can compete with. That includes the Subaru Impreza.
For 2014, Toyota gave the Corolla a full redesign, complete with a dramatically improved exterior styling, and a fancier interior with plenty of character expressed in decent materials with good fit and finish.
The 2014 Corolla also has a 1.8-liter, in-line four engine that produces a steady 140 horsepower through either a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT. Again, it’s not enough to reach the output of the current Impreza, but the Corolla’s overall new-generation attributes makes it real competition for the Subaru.
Starting price for the Corolla is $16,800 and grows to $21,300.
Gallery Toyota Corolla
The 2013 WRX Concept brought with it a dramatic new design language for Subaru’s high-performance sedan. It featured, among other things, a larger and bolder grille with a three-dimensional mesh pattern and a large power bulge that indicates the kind of sporty aggression the WRX has come to be known for.
Another distinctive feature on the WRX Concept that gave it such an aggressive appearance were the new hawk-eye headlights. Together with the carbon-fiber roof, those headlights ushered in a new style that made the WRX Concept such a wonderful piece of eye candy.