Subaru gave the world a preview of the next-generation WRX today with the debut of the WRX Concept at the New York Auto Show.
Subaru gave the world a preview of the next-generation WRX today with the debut of the WRX Concept at the New York Auto Show. The next-generation WRX is going to move further away from the Impreza in Subaru’s lineup and the bold and muscular design of the concept proves it.
Considerably lower, sleeker and wider, the WRX concept delivers even more street presence than previous generations of WRX. The new grille design is larger and bolder and sets off the classic WRX hood scoop. A pronounced powerbulge provides clearance for the new turbocharged engine and intercooler. A prominent hexagonal grille form and deep lower valences with air intakes are designed to enhance aerodynamics, add downforce and aid engine cooling.
The three dimensional mesh pattern of the grille denotes the sporting nature of the WRX conept and sets the Subaru star cluster apart, while the new hawk-eye headlights integrate the Subaru family design heritage. A sharp character line runs from the front corner through to the taillights, intersected by the boldly flared wheel arches emphasizing the Subaru’s AWD system. The compact cabin greenhouse draws attention to the power and solidity of the body and focuses attention to wide stance that provides a visual link between body and chassis.
The rear design echoes the hexagonal design motif from the front grille and features a dramatically curved trunk lid that also acts as a rear spoiler. The distinctive wide rear bumper of the WRX concept adds to the powerful street presence of the car and is off-set by large quad tailpipes denoting the powerful turbocharged engine. The aggressive rear diffuser improves vehicles aerodynamics.
Lastly the concept features a new paint color, “WR Blue Pearl III”, which modernizes the iconic WRX look. Fluorescent Yellow is used as an accent on the WRX badge on the front grille, the brake calipers and the exhaust tip finishers, adding character notes to the design.
Subaru didn’t provide any details about when the new WRX will debut although it’s been reported that it could show up later this year.