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2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

The 2019 Crosstrek is Subaru’s first plug-in hybrid vehicle, and it’s set to go on sale in 2019. Like all PHEVs, it has some all-electric range, and it can even cruise close to highway speeds on electricity alone. And, when its gasoline engine and electrification work in tandem, it can result in excellent fuel economy figures. Unlike many plug-in versions of regular models, the Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t really shout about what it is. There are some details that give it away, though and if one passes by in full EV mode, the lack of engine sound will also give it away. Inside it’s quite simple and minimalist, and far less extravagant to look a than any modern plug-in Toyota and Honda model. But, it does have a decent infotainment screen and the build quality does make up for its lack of design flair to a degree.

Update 12/3/2018: We’ve updated this review with new images taken at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Check them out in the gallery below!

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Subaru Ascent Unveiled in L.A., Nowhere Near As Bold As Viziv-7 Concept

Subaru Ascent Unveiled in L.A., Nowhere Near As Bold As Viziv-7 Concept

Big surprise, eh?

In 2016, Subaru unveiled the Viziv-7 Concept, hinting that it may build a three-row crossover in the future. A year has passed, and the production model was unveiled as the Ascent at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. And it looks nothing like the Viziv. Because Subaru, that’s why! The Japanese firm is famous for building dull production versions of its exciting concept cars, and the Ascent is no exception. While the Viziv-7 Concept had a bold design with futuristic headlamps and blue accents on the grille and foglamps, the Ascent is pretty much a larger Forester. Sure, it does have a different, more imposing grille and a unique bumper, but it still feels very familiar.

Too familiar actually, like the Ascent is already a couple of years old and not an all-new crossover.

But hey, I have to give Subaru credit for the three-row configuration. With more and more carmakers moving into this niche, it was about time Subaru did the same. Especially since it had only three crossovers before the Ascent arrived (the Crosstrek, Forester, and Outback). It’s also worth mentioning that it uses a brand-new engine, in the form of a turbocharged, intercooled, 2.4-liter flat-four. Using a twin-scroll turbo unit, it produces 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque and enables the Ascent to tow up to 5,000 pounds. It also has an X-Mode off-road setting and hill descent control on top of the four-wheel-drive layout and almost nine inches of ground clearance.

The crossover can provide seating for up to eight people. The standard configuration includes a second-row bench for three passengers, but the Premium trim can be selected with second-row captain’s chairs for free, which turns the Ascent into a seven-seater with a bit more shoulder and hip room. Features include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 6.5-inch infotainment display, EyeSight automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, and up to 72 cubic feet of luggage room. The Ascent is scheduled to go on sale next summer.

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2019 Subaru Ascent

2019 Subaru Ascent

Subaru’s second stab at the three-row crossover

Subaru is back in the three-row crossover game after a notable absence since the ill-fated Tribeca died a slow, agonizing death in 2014 from poor customer reception and slow sales over its nine-year life. Naturally, Subaru has done everything it knows in order to avoid repeating past mistakes. The all-new 2019 Ascent is larger, sleeker, more tech-savvy, loaded with active safety features, and powered by an all-new 260-horsepower, 2.4-liter Boxer engine with Symmetrical AWD.

The Ascent comes at just the right time as crossovers are utterly exploding in popularity. Growing families who eschew the minivan stigma are gravitating to three-row crossovers while empty nesters find the extra seating handy for grandkids. Four trim levels are offered – the base, Premium, Limited, and Touring – with pricing starting at $31,995. We’ve got all the details below, so keep reading for more.

Update 02/15/2018: Subaru has announced pricing for the 2019 Ascent. Check out the pricing category below for all the details.

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2017 Subaru VIZIV-7 SUV Concept

2017 Subaru VIZIV-7 SUV Concept

A concept that previews Subaru’s next big thing – a three-row SUV!

Does the Viziv name sound familiar to you? Well, it should because that’s the name Subaru has used for a large SUV concept not once, not twice, but now three times. It started back in 2013 with the Subaru Viziv Concept that debuted with a funky set of side doors at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. A couple of years later, Subaru showed up at the Tokyo Motor Show with the 2015 Subaru Viziv Future Concept. That second iteration was more toned down that then first – the funky doors were gone – but the interior was still heavily futuristic. Fast forward to the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show and Subaru was back at it again with the Viziv-7 Concept, a model that showcases what a large, three-row SUV from Subaru will look like when it makes its debut in 2018. To date, we have yet to see the inside of the concept – the doors were even locked at the show, with the interior hidden away by tinted windows – but as far as the exterior goes, this baby is ready to go into production.

As far as SUV’s and crossovers go, Subaru doesn’t have much. There’s the Compact Subaru Outback, which isn’t really as much a crossover or SUV as it is a wagon with jacked up suspension. Then there’s the Crosstrek, which is an Impreza with a raised roof and suspension, and then there’s the Forester, which in every sense of the word is an SUV, but it’s still in the compact segment. That means that Subaru has some room to grow if it really wants to compete in the world of gas guzzlers that is the American SUV Market. The production model derived from the Viziv-7 will fit more in the large-SUV category and will compete against the likes of models like the GMC Yukon, Toyota Sequoia, Nissan Armada, Chevy Tahoe, and Ford Expedition, to name a small handful.

Needless to say,Subaru has its work cut out for it if it expects its newest SUV to gain any traction at all in the market. The competition is stiff, and for folks buying in this segment, fuel economy isn’t as important as the number of passengers something can haul or the cargo space available. With that said, let’s take a better look at the Viziv-7 concept and talk about what we can expect from the future model it represents.

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Subaru Unveils VIZIV-7 SUV Concept in Los Angeles

Subaru Unveils VIZIV-7 SUV Concept in Los Angeles

Does this model preview Subaru’s next seven-seater SUV?

Remember that funky-doored Subaru Viziv Concept that debuted at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show? Well, that thing eventually evolved into the 2015 Subaru Viziv Future Concept that made its debut last year at the Tokyo Motor show. It was a fair evolution that brought about a more production-ready model, at least on the outside anyway. Subaru has since been planning to take advantage of the American love for massive gas guzzlers won’t a new, three-row midsize SUV that will debut in 2018, but has decided to take advantage of the L.A. Auto Show to show off its direction for this model with the next evolution of the Viziv concept: the Viziv-7 SUV. Boasting a look that could go into production as early as tomorrow, and seating for up to seven people, it’s a prime example of what we’ll see from Subaru come 2018.

For now, Subaru hasn’t said too much about this new concept, but the exterior utilizes technology that is readily available, including full LED headlights with bright LED running lamps, and LED fog lights that are also surrounded by LED running lights. The unique way that the wheel arch trim integrates into the front fascia to provide housing for the fog light fixtures in innovative and fresh, while the small side-view mirrors give the side profile a sporty look. Around back, there’s even more sexiness with a single LED bar is in place of traditional headlights, running the full width of the rear. Down below, there is a pair of LED reverse lights that are surrounded by red LED strips to provide ultimate visibility from the rear and to effectively tying together the front and rear ends of the vehicle.

Subaru has yet to say anything about the interior, aside from the fact that it has three rows of seats that can seat a total of seven people. The interior of the Viziv models that came before it were highly futuristic, with the 2015 model being toned down a little closer to reality. With that said, the interior of this concept could very well be futuristic too, but based on the exterior design, it could also be toned down to near-production form. With any hope, this model is an accurate representation of that upcoming SUV that Subaru has been planning. Besides, if you’ve looked at some of the brand’s recent cars, they don’t exactly fare as well as Subaru has hoped in the looks department, but the styling language seen here could really turn things around for the company.

On that note, Subaru has also said nothing about the drivetrain. There isn’t any exhaust exit in the rear, which could be indicative of an all-electric drivetrain. Then again, there’s no evidence of a door that conceals a charger port or fuel port, so if it is all-electric, it would have to make sure of inductive charging or has a charging cord stashed away somewhere that we can’t. It is a concept, though, so it’s also quite possible that there is no drivetrain at all. Either way, the concept itself looks great and, should Subaru build its next SUV based on this look, it could very well have a big hit on its hands – at least here in America, anyway.

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2015 Subaru Impreza Sedan Concept

2015 Subaru Impreza Sedan Concept

The Subaru Impreza has been around since 1992 when it was released as a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback. Since then, it has seen three generations, with its latest generation debuting in 2011. It’s only been four years, but Subaru has been working on a replacement, which has led us to the debut of two new Impreza concepts.

The Subaru Impreza Five-Door concept debuted at the 2015 Tokyo Auto Show, but we have had to wait to see what Subaru has put together for the Impreza Sedan Concept. Now that the Los Angeles Auto Show is underway, that wait is finally over, and we’ve finally gotten to see the sexy sedan that is the Subaru Sedan Concept.

After seeing the Five-Door Concept, we speculated that the sedan would share a lot of the same design queues as the Impreza Five-Door Concept. Our speculations were dead on, as the cars do share the same front end, but the sedan still has a look all its own. That gentle slope to the rear end and the bright red finish really makes the sedan stand out a lot more that the five-door variant ever did. So, now that the sheet has been pulled off the new sedan, let’s take a deeper look at this exciting new concept.

Updated 11/23/2015: We added a series of new images taken during the concept’s official debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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2015 - 2016 Subaru WRX

2015 - 2016 Subaru WRX

Ever since 2011, rumors have been swirling that once the new-generation Impreza hits the market, Subaru will separate the Impreza and WRX models. Of course, both will share the same platform, but the WRX and the WRX STI versions will be radically modified and each part on it will be unique.

As no surprise, shortly after the WRX Concept was unveiled at the 2013 New York Auto Show, our spy photographers caught the production version testing around the Nürburgring race track. Now, after many testing sessions, teasers and speculations, the 2015 WRX made its world debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The model offers a new design language, a powerful four-cylinder engine — not as powerful as hoped though, as it was rumored it will deliver more than 300 horsepower — and, for the first time, the choice of two gearboxes: a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT.

Updated 04/23/2015: Subaru announced prices for the 2016 WRX, which will go on sale later this summer. The only updates for the 2016 model year include the addition of new technologies, including Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and the new STARLINK touch screen infotainment systems. Prices will start at $26,595 for the standard model equipped with a six-speed manual transmission.

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2013 Subaru Legacy Concept

2013 Subaru Legacy Concept

The current-generation Subaru Legacy was unveiled in 2009 and for the car’s 25th anniversary, Subaru decided to reveal the new generation. Subaru will display a preview of the new model at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, and the production version should arrive sometime in 2014.

As revealed by the concept, the next Legacy will adopt a new exterior appearance, with the company’s latest hexagonal grille and a sharper hawk-eye headlamp design. Also, Subaru promised it will offer plenty of new technology and a more comfortable interior for all four passengers. It also promises to take Subaru’s brand value of "driving enjoyment and peace of mind" to a completely new level.

The new Subaru Legacy Concept will make its official debut on November 20th, 2013 and will be displayed at Subaru’s booth in L.A.

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Subaru's Highway Automated Response Concept (SHARC) Wins 2012 LA Design Challenge

Subaru’s Highway Automated Response Concept (SHARC) Wins 2012 LA Design Challenge

Let’s get this out of the way now: all of the participants at the 2012 Los Angeles Design Challenge deserve a ton credit for the concept vehicles they designed. Mercedes deserves a huge chuck of credit for actually building a real-scale Ener-G-Force and bringing it to the LA Auto Show.

Unfortunately, there was only room for one winner, and that winner is Subaru’s Highway Automated Response Concept.

As a futuristic concept for what Subaru deems as “24-hour highway monitoring for Hawaii’s highway patrol,” the SHARC Concept captured the essence of this year’s theme best. It’s the smallest of all the concept vehicles, but still retains great functionality, an awesome design, and uses renewable energy. For achieving this delicate balance, the SHARC Concept was deemed as the best of them all.

"The SHARC captured the vision of the Design Challenge theme by combining functionality and problem-solving technology around a dynamic and plausible story," Design LA’s Chuck Pelly said.

Subaru designed the SHARC highway patrol vehicle to provide the kind of innovative, affordable and environmentally conscious solution for 24-hour highway monitoring, protection, and rapid emergency response in Hawaii, all while adhering to the state’s strict UltraGreen carbon-neutral environmental regulations.

It’s unlikely that we’ll see the SHARC as an actual production vehicle in the near future — maybe the distant future — but that’s getting ahead of ourselves. It does, however, give us a vision of what the future could look like in law enforcement.

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2012 LA Auto Show Design Challenge Competitors Announced

2012 LA Auto Show Design Challenge Competitors Announced

Back in September, Los Angeles Auto Show organizers announced the theme for this year’s Design Challenge contest: contenders needed to design a law enforcement car for the year 2025. Today, they have finally announced the six competitors coming from BMW, General Motors, Honda (two entries), Mercedes-Benz and Subaru.

BMW’s entry will be the E-Patrol (Human-Drone Pursuit Vehicle), which is a concept built on a modular structure with three different drones. In the case of a pursuit in heavy traffic, the patrol officer can deploy either the flying drone or one of the single-wheel drones to chase the suspect and report back to the officer.

General Motors entered the contest with a Volt Squad — a three-vehicle fleet designed around the concept of observe, pursue and engage. Honda has two entries for 2012: the CHP Drone Squad, a vehicle-based-system for 2025, which is designed to work efficiently and seamlessly in the harsh environment of California highways. Honda’s second entry is the "CHiPs" 2025 Traffic Crawler, a vehicle that has the ability to adjust to changes in the traffic environment.

Mercedes is entering the contest with Ener-G-Force, a vehicle based on the G-Class and designed as an environmentally friendly SUV. And finally Subaru’s entry is the SHARC (Subaru Highway Automated Response Concept) highway patrol vehicles. They are capable of providing an innovative, affordable and environmentally conscious solution for 24-hour highway monitoring, protection and rapid emergency response.

The winner of the contest will be announced on November 25.

Click past the jump to read the press release on each vehicle.

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2014 Subaru Forester

2014 Subaru Forester

Subaru showed a revamped Forrester at the 2012 Guangzhou Motor Show and the 2013 New York Auto show, which was destined to replace the current model for the 2014 model year. Overall, the new model was 1.4-inches longer, 0.6-inches wider, and had an inch added to its wheelbase. On the outside, it got a new grille and revamped exterior lenses, and new hood, and revised fascias. On the inside, the new Forester saw increased rear legroom and more cargo space, as well as some new technology features that include smartphone connectivity, better navigation, and a small display inside the instrument cluster. There were no real changes to the drivetrain to speak of, except for the new “X-Mode” all-wheel drive control system that is available as an option on higher trim levels. All told, the new generation was more like a facelift than a generational change, but Subaru made itself feel better by calling it the fourth generation model.

Competing against models like the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape comes as quite the task when Subaru doesn’t do anything to increase power output and only offers up minor changes to the exterior. Furthermore, the Forester now comes with a CVT transmission and its maximum towing capacity was reduced to a laughable 1,500 pounds across all trim levels. It does feature a “sport-oriented” suspension and 18-inch wheels on higher trim levels, but that only goes so far. With that said, you can learn more about the new Forrester by reading our full review below.

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2012 Subaru BRZ Concept STI

2012 Subaru BRZ Concept STI

Subaru has already promised we would see the production version of their long rumored BRZ Concept in December at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Show, but they’re soaking in as much publicity as they can get until then with the BRZ STI Concept unveiled at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The BRZ STI Concept’s exterior shines with a hexagonal front grille, hawk eye headlights, fin-shaped fog lamps, an aero-tuned lower front spoiler and unique rear fascia, a rear wing for added down-force, and a carbon-fiber roof to lower its already record setting center of gravity specification. At the rear, Subaru has affixed polished stainless-steel quad-tailpipes, bold rear fender flares, and a large rear-diffuser. The car is painted in a "WR Blue Pearl II" paint finish and sits on a new set of 18-inch wheels.

Under the hood, there’s a 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder boxer engine which was designed with a square bore and stroke of 86 X 86 mm. Nothing has been said about the vehicle’s final output, but previous rumors suggested that the STI version would deliver up to 300 HP. It was also rumored that the BRZ would come with a very low center of gravity and optimal weight distribution. These rumors turned out to be 100% correct with the Subaru BRZ STI engine sitting lower than in any other Subaru model - 4.7 inches lower - and positioned 9.4 inches closer to the center of the chassis.

The Subaru BRZ will go into production in the spring of 2012.

UPDATE 11/16/2011: This review has been updated with new details and images on the Subaru BRZ Concept STI.

UPDATE 11/17/2011: After yesterday we have seen the BRZ STI Concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show, today Subaru has unveiled a pretty cool video of the concept. Enjoy!

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2011 Ultra Subaru HORIZON: "Divided"

2011 Ultra Subaru HORIZON: "Divided"

It’s been 200 years since the Earth stopped rotating. The world, as we once knew it, is extinct. In its place are two hemispheres - the Daysphere and the Nightsphere - with humans occupying the highly developed civilization of the latter, away from the former and its lethal electromagnetic waves.

But as history has shown, everything has an expiration date, and the electricity source - a rare crystallized mineral - that has powered the Nightsphere’s Megacity is slowly running out of juice. In order to find the mineral, a team of four heroes must travel to the pole of the Daysphere, the only place in the world where the mineral is found, but is known to be so dangerous that nobody has ever come back from it alive.

Enter the Ultra Subaru HORIZON. The team, which comprises of Alycone, Maia, Merope, and their magical cat, Pleiades, travel to the pole of the Daysphere on board the HORIZON, a car that was specially developed for that specific purpose.

With the fate of the Nightsphere in their hands, the Ultra Subaru Horizon and its capacity to withstand strong electromagnetic field, chemical imbalances, scorching heat, and raging storms of the Daysphere, is the only thing that can help Alcyone and his team to accomplish their mission, proving that if there ever came a time when the world needed a vehicle to save the ’night,’ the Ultra Subaru HORIZON would be it.

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2011 Subaru Impreza Design Concept

2011 Subaru Impreza Design Concept

Subaru came to the Los Angeles Auto Show packed with a concept version of the next generation Impreza. The concept looks to be leaner and meaner than the current Impreza and rides along with Subaru’s Symmetrical All Wheel Drive.

The exterior features a hexagonal grille with spread wings in the center and hawk eye-style headlights. The hood, grille, and headlights were designed to project three-dimensional character. The rear gets a garnish that radiates outward from the center, sharp-edged rear lights, and new taillamp.

The interior is defined by a theme of "Dynamic, Enticing, Secure." The smooth integration of the instrument panel with the door trim and armrests suggests sporty yet comfortable driving. The roomy platinum-leather four-seat layout envelops occupants. Dark blue piping and double stitching accent the leather. A "layered" approach to color, with the upper part light platinum and the lower part a shade darker, gives the interior a feeling of spaciousness and sophistication.

The concept is powered by a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated Boxer engine mated to a Lineartronic™ Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

Updated 11/19/2010: Subaru has just unveiled a pretty cool video of their Impreza Concept, as well as a new series of images. Check them out in our picture gallery. Enjoy!

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Subaru Impreza WRX Limited Edition

2010 Subaru Impreza WRX Limited Edition

Only a few hours ago we told you about the Japanese premium automaker’s plans to release a razor sharp Special Edition Subaru WRX STI complete with a host of suspension parts from the track tuned Spec C model. Well now the all wheel drive automaker is telling us that they are also bringing a more luxurious Limited Edition of the slightly less powerful WRX to the L.A. Auto Show.

Although it’s not an STI with its more mundane 265 HP 2.5 Liter turbocharged flat four, however with its symmetrical all wheel drive system and refined interior this is much like the leather wrapped Limited model that Subaru sold back in 2007. Based on the 2010 Impreza WRX, the Limited Edition adds a leather interior, moonroof and SIRIUS Satellite Radio over the already well equipped WRX Premium. Wow, it looks like Subaru is finally giving their customers what they want, if scandinavian flicks and embarrassing cars more than three times as expensive at the track then you can have your all out Special Edition STI and if you just want to have a smile on your face every time you get out of your Impreza and also relax in leather, then this Limited Edition WRX is for you.

Updated 02/08/10: Subaru announced prices for the Impreza WRX Limited Edition: the 4-door WRX Limited will be priced at $28,495 while the 5-door model will be priced at $28,995.

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2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Special Edition prices announced

2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Special Edition prices announced

The Japanese sport compact maker Subaru has just announced pricing for the 2010 Impreza WRX STI Special Edition that was revealed just a few days ago. With a scheduled production run of only 125 units, this special edition STI will be in high demand when it goes on sale in the spring of 2010 starting at $32,995. What is even better about the Spec C inspired STI is that it will cost $2,000 less than the standard 2010 WRX STI.

Aside from the high performance suspension, the Special Edition differs from the standard WRX STI with a few cost cutting options like a set of halogen headlamps rather than HID units; the 6 CD 10 speaker system turns into a single disc player with 4 speakers; manual air conditioning in place of automatic climate control and side mirrors without integrated signals. However if getting around a track as fast as possible is what you are after it is very unlikely that you will miss any of those creature comforts.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Special Edition

2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Special Edition

The all wheel drive Japanese automaker Subaru will come to the Los Angeles Motor Show with a Special Edition version of their turbocharged high performance hot hatch Impreza WRX STI, and unlike their last take on the sport compact with the STI Carbon that was more of a softer luxurious ride, this special edition STI could be too hot to handle. The Scooby will be covered in a unique shade of Aspen White and limited to only 125 units, much like when they offered the STI Limited back in 2007. Aside from the frosty paint job, the Special Edition STI will include a variety of suspension components from the razor sharp WRX STI Spec C model from the Japanese Domestic Market. Not only do you get the track ready STI’s thicker rear sway bar, but the bushings are firmer and the shock and spring package has been significantly stiffened at all four corners.

The Special Edition WRX STI will be about as close as the American market will get to a Spec C from the Japanese automaker as it will also ride on the JDM version’s charcoal colored 18 inch wheels. A while back we had the chance to speak with some of Subaru of America’s representatives and they ensured us that they had seen the errors of their ways when they numbed down the STI into its hatchback only form, but they also promised us that they were going to take steps to make up for it. However if this is any indication of their intentions it is clear that Subaru is skipping the baby steps and taking some pretty significant leaps to return the STI to its performance oriented rally bred heritage.

The STI Special Edition will go on sale in the spring of 2010 for $32,995 ($2,000 less than the standard version).

Press release after the jump.

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Subaru Impreza WRX STI makes US debut; priced under $35,000

Subaru Impreza WRX STI makes US debut; priced under $35,000

Subaru of America unveiled the all-new 2008 Impreza WRX STI at the Los Angeles International Auto Show. The ultimate performance Subaru is powered by a 305-horsepower Boxer engine and features a new level of driver-selectable powertrain- and dynamic handling-control. The 2008 WRX STI is built exclusively as an aggressively styled wide-fender 5-door model with a design strongly influenced by the brand’s competition heritage.

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