By the year 2020, we’ll get our first look at the all-new Subaru WRX. A modest refresh for 2018 has kept the sporty sedan relevant for a few years to come, but in 2020, the Subie will get an entirely new platform, and according to new reports, a concept car-inspired look.
According to Autocar, the new Subaru WRX will draw a number of design cues from the sharp-looking Viziv Performance concept that was introduced earlier in the year at the Tokyo Motor Show. Design Chief Mamoru Ishii told the publication that the next-generation WRX will be inspired heavily by the vehicle both inside and out.
“[The Viziv Performance concept] brings lots of expectation, from within the company and from our customers," said Ishii in the interview. "What we know is that our customers’ lifestyles are changing and we have to respond to that. The question was whether we have done that in a correct way with this concept."
The Viziv Performance concept, which measures in at 182.3 inches long, and rides on a 107.5-inch wheelbase, is a whole 1.4-inches longer than the current WRX. Though it shares a Boxer engine with the production model, a hybrid powertrain is also rumored to make its debut in 2020. But don’t think it will take away from the WRX’s overall sporty appeal.
"We know that autonomous and connective technology are coming, and for many customers that is great, but we don’t think that is what all of our customers want," continued Ishii. For some, driving pleasure is still very important and that is what we are exploring." He also confirmed that four-wheel drive will carry over, as it’s “critical to the power and performance levels our customers expect."
Both the WRX and STI will make their debuts sometime in 2020, and will make the switch from their current platforms to Subaru’s new Global Platform. Not only will the new platform be better suited to a hybrid setup, but it will also be stronger and lighter than the outgoing version.