The next-generation 2013 Subaru WRX will be a separate model from the Impreza, and with that, it will take on an all-new design approach. Word has it the design will borrow a lot from the Advanced Tourer Concept unveiled last year.
According to Motor Trend speaking with a credible Subaru source in the US, the 2013 Subaru WRX will take a lot of design inspiration from the chunky Advanced Tourer. The deep air intakes in the front corners, to the modern headlights, to the angular and solid-looking front bumper bar, all is set to feature on the new WRX.
Like most designs going from concept to production, eventual plans are expected to change a bit. So although the eventual production WRX may not look exactly like the Advanced Tourer, it is set to borrow plenty of its highlights.
The new model is also said to add a few aggressive touches to the Advanced Tourer layout, including the trademark WRX bonnet scoop, as well as a set of pumped out wheel arches front and back. The overall wagon/hatch profile is set to resemble the Tourer though.
Underneath, the 2013 WRX will be based on the new-generation Impreza platform, however, it will be heavily revised to accommodate performance components and capabilities.
If the source is credible and accurate, the 2013 Subaru WRX could end up going back to its more manly and muscular roots. In 2008, the WRX went from being a stout sedan, to a more friendly and conventional hatchback shape.
As for engine details, these are still a bit up in the air at this stage. Two layouts are apparently undergoing testing though, both featuring direct injection and turbocharging. The first is a 1.6-litre FA series four-cylinder turbo, while the other is a 2.0-litre version.
The 1.6 would be more highly strung, especially if it produces the 200kW-plus expected of the new model. It could be a more fuel-efficient option than a 2.0, however, the larger type would not have to work as hard obviously.
We’ll have to wait and see how it all pans out to know for sure. Stay tuned.