Subaru Reviving The WRX Hatchback?
September 2nd, 2014 3:33 PM Share
When the latest Subaru WRX was released, the enthusiast fan base was forced to suffer the indignity of a sedan-only lineup. Subaru’s company line was that there weren’t sufficient resources to develop a hatchback model as well. But that might be changing.
A hatchback WRX mule was spied undergoing hot weather testing, with a WRX front end grafted onto an Impreza hatchback bodyshell. Given the popularity of hatchbacks in both world markets, and the WRX hatch’s fanbase stateside (where it accounted for about 45 percent of WRX sales), there’s a good case for its return.
Published September 2nd, 2014 3:33 PM
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A return of a WRX hatchback would be a nice addition, but a car I personally would like over here would be a WRX wagon, aka Subaru Levorg. I would think it would help recapture both the former WRX hatch customers and the former Legacy GT customers in a single bodystyle (not too much additional resource).
Does anyone remember the Subaru Impreza GT? An Impreza Premium hatchback with the WRX engine and none of the silly WRX or STi bodywork. That's what Subaru needs to build now. A WRX for adults. I currently own a 2010 Impreza Outback Sport 2.5. It's a fun, practical car. But I wouldn't ever consider buying a new Impreza or XV Crosstrek with that unnecessarily weak 2-liter powerplant.
Can't be the WRX because it does not have those god-awful spoilers in the back. Can't be hot-testing it without all that drag, erm, I mean, downforce.
Now that I've decided on a late 2015 or early 2016 GTI, at least Subaru now has a contender. Hopefully it makes it here by then for an in-car comparison.