First Image of 2015 Subaru WRX Revealed, Looks Pretty Much Like a Hot Impreza [2013 L.A. Auto Show]

Perhaps we shouldn’t feel so let down by the first image of the 2015 Subaru WRX; we had to know the futuristic, three-dimensional LED headlights and myriad other cool show-car trinkets of the WRX concept wouldn’t make it to production. Yet we dared to believe differently, and thus do feel let down. Maybe it was the promise of a standalone platform, or that the word “Impreza” finally would be removed from the car’s official name, but we were holding on to hope that Subie’s new affordable rally rocket would look nothing like the more pedestrian model with which it used to share a badge. But it does.

Setting aside those expectations, at least the front end is handsome. The concept’s hood creases and bulges carry over, albeit with a slightly less garish hood scoop, and the production model’s more-traditional headlamps retain the shape of the concept car’s. Mesh stands in for the show car’s horizontal slats in the lower front fascia, while the brand’s trademark hexagonal grille holds a singular plastic bar behind the Subaru badge.

Long-Term Road Test Update: 2013 Subaru BRZ Premium
Short Take Road Test: 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Limited Sedan
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The 2015 Subaru WRX will be powered by a turbocharged version of the BRZ’s 2.0-liter boxer four-cylinder, set to make slightly shy of 300 horsepower, while the higher-performance STI model should make slightly more than that number. Subaru isn’t talking details just yet, other than to confirm that the new WRX will debut at the L.A. auto show next week. Check back then for full details on Subie’s new performance model.

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