Subaru WRX and STI models based on the 2012 Impreza are still far away

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 23, 2011

Sources say that Subaru’s next-generation WRX and STI production models won’t arrive for at least two more years. These models are based on the all-new 2012 Impreza that will start selling this November. While waiting, the existing models will continue to be in production. The purpose of the delay is to give time for the regular Impreza to gain a foothold in the market.

It will also give time for Subaru’s officials to respond to internal questions on whether the next WRX and STI would be more mature or if they will remain as visceral rally sleds, according to Caranddriver.

The last time that Subaru attempted to build a WRX for grownups didn’t go too well as the 2008 model was heavily criticized. The automaker announced a series of upgrades, of which the changes were most significant between the 2008 and 2009 WRXs. Its output increased from 224 to 265hp.

Accelerating from zero to 60mph was improved from 5.8 to 4.7 seconds while the chassis upgrades improved the driving experience.

For model year 2011, both the five-door and four-door models of Subaru Impreza WRX will have a wide-body design, which is similar to that of the high-performance Impreza WRX STI. Derived from a "wide and low" concept, this design provides both the five-door and four-door models of the new Impreza WRX an imposing and aggressive road presence. Moreover, this design allows for a more consistent flow from the cars’ front to rear bumper, resulting to a more unique character and a stronger stability feel.

Compared to their 2010 counterparts, the 2011 versions feature a curb weight that is just 33 pounds heavier, which means that they still could accelerate as dynamically. The 2011 models of the WRX models feature a front end marked by sharper bumper corners and wider blacked-out fog lamp – all working to further highlight the cars’ "wide and low" profile.

In addition, the front ends of both models are also marked by newly designed black-based front grille flanked by headlights with blacked-out Subaru wing. Interestingly, the openings for both the grille and the bumper intake have been made larger. Completing the front end of the 2011 WRX is a lip spoiler with 3D detailing.

Meanwhile, the four-door 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX features wider fenders that have been stretched out on the side farther than its tail lamps – a feature that does not only provide visual stability but also improves its drag coefficient. Inside, the new 2011 WRX models feature carbon black checkered upholstery, as accentuated by red stitching.

Thanks to the compact layout of the models’ double-wishbone rear suspension, their cargo area has become wider and deeper. For instance, the five-door model -- when the rear seat backs are placed on an upright position -- features a wide and flat load floor that could carry two Tour-size golf bags.

It also features a rear seat fold-down center armrest. Meanwhile, the four-door WRX – around 6.5-inches longer than the five-door model – features a cargo room that could accommodate three Tour-size golf bags. Both models come with a 60/40-split folding rear seat that could further expand their cargo capacity.

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