Subaru WRX Concept makes European debut at 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show

Article by Anita Panait, on September 10, 2013

The Subaru WRX concept vehicle made its European debut at the 65th Frankfurt Motor Show on September 10, 2013.The WRX concept provides a glimpse of the final styling of the next-generation WRX. First unveiled at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, Subaru WRX concept vehicle features a bold and muscular design, yet is lower, wider and sleeker than previous models.

The WRX concept pays more attention to sharp handling through the introduction of low center of gravity and Subaru’s All-Wheel Drive system.

Of course, present on the WRX concept are Subaru trademark design cues like the pronounced bulge on the bonnet and the classic WRX bonnet scoop that provides clearance for a turbocharged engine and intercooler and aids engine cooling.

The new-for-2014 Subaru WRX production car, although not confirmed for the United Kingdom, is currently under consideration. Subaru UK is reexamining the feasibility of bringing the new car into the UK, due to changing market conditions. Subaru will feature alongside the WRX concept its Subaru VIZIV concept, which in turn provides a glimpse into the carmaker's future design direction and vision for technological innovation.

The strong and well-built style accentuates turbocharged power and AWD traction in a more dexterous and sporty shape. The Subaru WRX Concept mixes the well-known WRX power and road-gripping ability with an even better attention to crisp handling, reactive steering, and expansive chassis. To foster better handling abilities, the Subaru WRX Concept has a carbon-fibre roof to improve the already low centre of gravity and lower weight.

Extensively lower, smoother, and broader, the Subaru WRX Concept provides even more road authority than previous WRX generations. The all-new grille style is bigger and bolder and augments the traditional WRX bonnet scoop. A prominent power bulge makes room for the brand-new turbocharged engine and intercooler. A pronounced hexagon grille shape and recessed lower valences with intakes are intended to improve streamlining, increase downforce, and help engine cooling.

The 3D mesh grille pattern symbolises the athletic essence of the Subaru WRX Concept and places the Subaru star cluster above, while the all-new hawk-eye headlamps include the Subaru family’s design tradition.

A crisp character outline flows from the front corner to the tail lamps that are intersected by the bold, flaring wheel arches accenting the Subaru's AWD configuration. The cabin’s solid greenhouse draws the eye to the strength and solidness of the body and sharpens the eye to a broad stance that creates a visual connection between the body and the chassis.

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