The latest Subaru Impreza – now riding on the new Subaru Global Platform (SGP) – is the best the company has offered, but as it turns out the greatness won’t transfer to the high performance WRX and STI models until at least 2020.
According to the latest reports on the subject, a Senior Engineer with the Japanese company has spilled some previously unknown details pertaining to the upcoming sports sedan. “The WRX will have a facelift soon, not a full model cycle, because the new model just launched in 2015,” the source claimed. “The full model cycle will be about four or five years, and that’s when you’ll see a full model.” But when the new generation WRX comes out to play it will do so using a form of high-performance hybrid powertrain, which could polarize the fans of the feisty sedan.
There’s also a new generation all-wheel-drive system that is also in development, which is causing the delay from 2018 to 2020. Meanwhile, the facelifted version of the current WRX is expected to appear sometimes next year to work as a 2018 model year. It will bring some design elements from the Impreza and a power increase from the 268 (199 kilowatts) and 305 horsepower (227 kilowatts) versions currently on sale.