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Subaru Concept Holds Clues for the Next WRX

Subaru Advanced Tourer image

When the Subaru Advanced Tourer Concept went on display at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, it didn’t receive too much fanfare. But it’s certainly worth a second look considering that is may be the inspiration for the next-generation WRX.

According to Motor Trend, the concept “was actually an early look” at Subaru’s upcoming sporty hatchback. The magazine’s sources suggested that the Advanced Tourer’s front fascia would be carried over to the next WRX, while its aggressive stance would also be mimicked to match the personality of Subaru’s rally-bred racer.

Advanced Tourer detail image

Naturally, the Advanced Tourer features a horizontally-opposed Subaru boxer engine along with a symmetrical all-wheel drive system. The powertain also includes a single, lightweight electric motor that allows the driver to use electric power alone during start-ups and low-speed drives.

Other features found in the concept include a monitor built into the steering wheel that enables access to navigation, video and Web-based apps, as well as an updated version of Subaru’s EyeSight video warning system.

Subaru Advanced Tourer detail image

Although this hybrid-boxer-wagon appears to give clues as to what the next WRX will look like, one thing you shouldn’t count on is the “Impreza” name. Subaru is reportedly looking to differentiate the WRX and distance itself from the Impreza line.

Look for the new Subaru WRX sometime in 2015. According to MT, it’s safe to expect around 320 horsepower thanks to a new 2.0-liter turbocharged engine.

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