The 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show allowed Subaru to unveil the Impreza Design Concept, a preview version of the next generation Impreza. Details for the vehicle have been sparse since then, but we decided to dream up what the WRX STI version would look like anyway.

The concept’s design is defined by a theme of "Dynamic, Enticing, Secure." Starting with this theme, the WRX STI version adds requisite fender flares, a top-mount intercooler, and, that massive wing on the back.

The standard Impreza is expected to be revealed in early 2011. It will continue offering the same 2.5 liter Boxer engine, but rumors are also circulating that a hybrid version will also be available, a first for Subaru. The WRX STI model will follow a few months later with sales beginning in early 2012.

UPDATE 07/14/2011: New details about the future generation Subaru Impreza WRX suggest that, starting 2014, the Impreza and the WRX will go their separate ways. What this means is that the car will simply be called the Subaru WRX and will be a totally different vehicle. According to a MotorTrend source: "Apart from a few nuts and bolts, every part on the WRX will be unique. Even the engine and body. Obviously the WRX’s platform will be inherited from the new Impreza, but it will be radically modified and significantly shortened."

UPDATE 11/18/2011: During their presence at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, Subaru has offered new details on the next WRX STI model. The car will continue to be turbocharged and will use a forced-induction version of the carmaker’s new 2.0-liter "FB" boxer four engine with an output of about 300 HP. (CarAndDriver)

UPDATE 12/08/2011: The Subaru WRX has been rumored to deliver up to 300 HP, but new details are suggesting that the standard model will actually use a turbocharged version of the BRZ 2.0-liter boxer engine with an output of about 270 HP. That’s 30 HP we’ll probably never see again.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Subaru WRX STI model.

Exterior and Interior

Taking a good look at the Impreza Design Concept will provide a pretty good idea of what the production version will look like. Add a little sportiness and aggressiveness and the result will be the WRX STI version.

There will be a a hexagonal grille with spread wings in the center and hawk eye-style headlights, while the rear gets a garnish that radiates outward from the center, sharp-edged rear lights, and a new taillamp. The STI version will be distinguished by fender flares, a top-mount intercooler, and a massive wing on the back. Some cool points are added with a carbon fiber hood and blacked-out fog lamps.

The interior will offer sports seats covered in leather, aluminum inserts, three-spoke wheels, and a long list of technologies, including Bluetooth, a Navigation system, iPod capability, and an XM/Sirius radio.

The Engine

The concept is powered by a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated Boxer engine mated to a Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). However, for the STI version, expect to see a turbocharged version of the 2.5 liter boxer engine with more than 305 HP. The engine will be mated to a fully synchronized close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission.

The Competition

Of course, the closest competitor for the Subaru Impreza WRX STI is the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X. If we had to pick between the two, we’d choose the Impreza. It’s more aerodynamic, delivers better performance, it’s all-wheel-drive, and looks better.

When Can I Buy One?

Expect the new Subaru Impreza WRX to debut in late 2011, with sales beginning in early 2012.

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  (517) posted on 01.17.2012

i like the color of this car i like the head light the side mirror ilke the tires all i like. the style also and the brand name.

  (727) posted on 12.18.2011

With its newer model, I wonder if this car can now beat the Ralliart and MazdaSpeed 3? I bet this future production version still can’t compete against the box!

  (526) posted on 12.14.2011

I’ m so impressed with the angst and aggressiveness of this Subaru WRX STI, and I must say that it is already looking great and fabulous at its sleek bloody body paint, but just like them, I’m a little curious on its interior.

  (382) posted on 12.13.2011

It looks so aggressive on its air intake! smiley Moreover, I have to agree that it already looks great and very attractive on its body paint, but I hope that it also has an impressive and comfortable interior.

  (466) posted on 12.12.2011

I love the aggressiveness of this Subaru that caused by its air intake on its front hood, and I also have to agree that it already looks great on its body paint. However, I would truly hope that they use a boost engine on this.

  (558) posted on 12.11.2011

300 HP is not really bad at all. It can still deliver a nice speed on this WRX STI. I will surely be looking forward to watch a video about its figure performance. smiley Moreover, I have to agree with them, that it looks so luscious on its exterior appearance.

  (517) posted on 12.9.2011

It looks so luscious on its body paint! smiley Moreover, it looks perfect on its hexagonal front grill and even on its exhaust system. However, they are right that its engine is not very satisfying.

  (419) posted on 12.8.2011

Well, I would admit that Subaru is one of the best car manufacturers when it comes into a good-looking vehicle. However, they are also one of the companies which doesn’t have an impressive engine.

  (474) posted on 11.27.2011

305 HP is already quite good to me for this Subaru WRX, and I think it is just its based engine output. Anyway, I am hoping that they would release a video on its speed performance.

  (488) posted on 11.24.2011

Yeah! I have to agree with that! They should have focused more on its figure performance rather on its exterior appearance. However, I must say that I’m still impressed with it in spite of having only a poor engine.

  (306) posted on 11.23.2011

I think Subaru needs to be focused first on how they can really boost the speed performance of this vehicle. Well, I’m sure that I’m not only the one who is expecting that it would have a great figure performance.

  (858) posted on 11.22.2011

Subaru WRX STI is already looking great with its sleek red body paint, and I’m really impressed with its simple platform, but it was oozing with an appeal on that. Anyway, I hope that its engine will only be good enough on it.

  (528) posted on 11.20.2011

The air intake on its front is looking so perfect for it, and it really looks great on its sleek red body paint. However, I’m curious if what will be the engine specification that this vehicle had.

  (459) posted on 09.28.2011

It looks so classy and expensive in its sleek bloody body paint. I’m impressed with the angst that it had though it only had a simple platform and styling. I just hope that in its next article, they already include some interior pictures of it.

  (592) posted on 09.27.2011

This red color Subaru WRX STI has good appearance, from wheels to interior and exterior and its defined dynamic theme complements in its standard.

  (580) posted on 09.8.2011

WRS STI is really a good looking car and its already looks great on its color. I either would really love to have a car like this, just like them.

  (374) posted on 08.12.2011

Yeah, aside from awesome styling of this sportscar. Well, I wonder if this car will join the Frankfurt Motor Show? And when will they debut the Impreza WRX STI?

  (256) posted on 08.12.2011

If not mistaken ,the Subaru has offer a newer version for this car. I really love the decent and stylish design of this vehicle. The figure performance of the Impreza WRX STI is impressive!

  (302) posted on 07.26.2011

In my opinion, it has a poor performance. When you compare this one to other sports cars, this is a weak one. It has the look of being a sports car but not its output.

  (472) posted on 07.21.2011

I admit Evo is one good car. This is also impressive as it looks. For me, I don’t need more information about this car for we all know that Subaru is a remarkable manufacturer.

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