Australia Gets New Subaru Levorg STI; Why U.S. Enthusiasts Want The Hot Hatch
Subaru Australia announced a new 2018 Levorg STI wagon but you won’t see it on U.S. shores. The top-trim STI Sport is a hot hatch that has the same power plant as the rally-bred WRX sedan, and also gets new STI-enhancements. Performance enthusiasts want one in the US because Subaru dropped the WRX/STI hatch.
The 2018 Subaru Levorg 2.0 STI Sport, gets upgraded with a suite of factory-fitted Subaru Tecnica International (STI) accessories and styling additions. It comes with maroon leather-trim seats with red stitching and the option of the signature WR (World Rally) Blue exterior paint.
The STI-enhanced Levorg also comes with a unique front bumper and grille, STI exhaust tips, STI-themed instrument cluster, 18-inch STI alloy wheels, and STI-tuned suspension. The Levorg STI is powered by the same 197kW (264 horsepower), with 350Nm (258 lb. ft of torque) FA20 2.0-liter direct-injection turbo (DIT) boxer as the WRX sedan.
Bring back the hatch
Subaru fans in the U.S. have been asking for a WRX/STI hatch model since it was axed by Subaru in 2015 when they introduced the next-generation models. The Levorg offers the hatch versatility that’s missing in the WRX/STI sedan lineup. Performance enthusiasts in the U.S. would likely snatch up the Levorg STI sports tourer because it fits a need that is not being met currently by Subaru in their performance cars.
Subaru Australia Managing Director, Colin Christie, said: “Levorg has opened up a whole new performance niche for Subaru since we launched just over a year ago. Equally, by adding the prestige of the STI badge to the range-topping 2.0 STI Sport, we’re catering to customer demand for something even more exclusive at the top of the range.”
So far, Subaru is waiting on a WRX/STI hatchback variant. Fans would certainly buy a compact sports tourer like the new 2018 Subaru Levorg STI. It’s sporty, fast, agile and offers greater utility than the sedan body style.
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