Subaru Advanced Tourer Concept

Next-generation WRX previewed by Advanced Tourer Concept

The Subaru Advanced Tourer Concept that was unveiled at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show was a preview of the next-generation WRX.

When the silver Subaru Advanced Tourer Concept was revealed at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show last year, everyone thought the car was the next-generation Legacy and Outback. But Motor Trend in a recent story says the Advanced Tourer “was actually an early look at the next-generation Subaru WRX.” Everyone has been wondering what the new WRX will look like, and now according to MT, we have a good idea.

According to the report, a Subaru insider says the Advanced Tourer's front end will go onto the WRX, with similar headlights, air dam, grille, and front brake ducts. Other aspects will be more aggressive as the new WRX will look very different and distance itself from the Impreza and will no longer carry the name. The car will likely have a larger body like the Advanced Tourer Concept and will still be offered as a sedan and hatchback.

Subaru Australia spokesman David Rowley says "Our understanding is that the WRX will be completely distinctive from the current Impreza, it will look considerably different," he says. "I think it's fair to say they'll be looking at a whole raft of technical refinements on WRX because by the time we see it, it will be some years old in terms of the maturity of Impreza so inevitably there will be some very significant technical changes and innovations."

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