Subaru has used the Tokyo Motor Show to show their future models and they could use the venue running October 24- November 4, 2019 to reveal a next-generation WRX STI performance car. According to Forbes, and Car and Driver, a new WRX concept is expected to surface at the Japan show. The VIZIV Performance STI Concept (Vision for Innovation) broke cover in January 2018 at the Tokyo Motor Salon at it was a hit with performance fans.
VIZIV Performance STI Concept
Subaru has been quiet, but the next-generation model change will likely be unveiled next year possibly at the NAIAS in Detroit in June with a launch late next year as a 2021 model. None of this has been confirmed by Subaru Corporation.
We Do Know
The new sport-tuned WRX and performance-tuned WRX STI will ride on the Subaru Global Platform that all new-generation models are getting. The new platform will be stiffer and will give the STI an even lower center of gravity improving driving dynamics. Other improvements will be felt with less vibration and heard in a quieter cabin.
The new 2021 Subaru WRX STI could get the new Subaru FA-series DIT Boxer engine. The 2.4-liter turbo four-cylinder is now used in the new Ascent, and new-gen Outback and Legacy models making their dealer launch this fall. The WRX will continue with the FA20 2.0-liter turbo engine with a small bump in horsepower and torque.
With the Mitsubishi, Renault-Nissan alliance, the Evolution performance car could be making its return after a five-year hiatus and provide new competition for Subaru. Subaru has been focused on their all-wheel-drive SUVs and crossovers and a new EVO all-wheel-drive performance car would revive the STI/EVO rivalry and be just what Subaru and Subaru Tecnica International need to get their creative juices flowing again.
The all-new fifth-generation 2021 Subaru WRX STI needs a new exterior design language similar to the VIZIV Performance Concept car introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show 2017. Subaru also needs to bring back the 5-Door hatch fans have been asking for. Stay tuned to see if a new WRX Concept car is uncovered this October at the Tokyo Motor Show 2019.
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