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2011 Subaru Impreza WRX – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Subaru press conference at the New York Auto Show isn't until tomorrow, but with the new 2011 Impreza WRX sitting out in the open, we headed right over to snap a few photos. Just as it has done the past few years, Subaru couldn't resist tweaking the looks of the WRX and has given it a broader stance thanks to a 1.5-inch wider track both front and rear and flared fenders like those seen on the current generation STI model. The visual upgrades are rounded off with a reworked front fascia and bumper as well as standard 17-inch wheels.

Powertrain options remains the same as the 2010 model – 265 horsepower and 244 lb-ft torque is nothing to complain about – and the interior remains unmolested as well. Check back tomorrow for more Subaru updates when the 2011 Impreza WRX STI is unveiled (the wing is back!). Until then check out the high-res gallery below or read through Subaru's press release after the jump.

Live photos by Drew Phillips / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.
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NEW YORK, March 23, 2010 – Subaru of America today introduced the new 2011 Impreza WRX models, which for the first time use a wide-body design like that of the brand's iconic WRX STI® performance flagship model. The wider body designs give the 2011 WRX an aggressive road presence and also allow wider track dimensions.

An approximately 1.5-inch increase in front and rear track, firmer rear subframe bushings and wider 17-inch wheels and tires deliver improved grip in the 2011 WRX. The standard wheels are now 17 x 8-in. vs. 17 x 7-in. in the 2010 model, and tire size is now 235/45R17 vs. 225/45R17.

"The new wide-body designs mark another major step on the continuous evolution of the WRX to give driving enthusiasts an even more compelling all-wheel drive performance package," said Tom Doll, executive vice president and COO of Subaru of America, Inc.

The 2011 Impreza WRX models arrive in Subaru dealerships this summer. Both are powered by a 265-hp turbocharged/intercooled 2.5-liter 4-cyl. Boxer engine teamed with a 5-speed manual transmission. This highly responsive engine produces 244 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,000 rpm.

The WRX has been the focus of continuous improvement since its introduction. Most recently, the 2009 model received the 265-hp engine and a significant chassis tuning upgrade. For 2010, the new Limited trim lines expanded the WRX model's appeal to a broader range of driving enthusiasts.

The 2011 Impreza WRX uses the Continuous AWD version of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. A viscous coupling locking center differential nominally distributes torque 50:50. Should slippage occur, this system transfers more power to the wheels with the best traction.

The Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) stability and traction control system is standard. Incline Start Assist, featured on all Impreza models equipped with a manual transmission, can momentarily prevent the vehicle from rolling backward when being driven away from a stop on an incline.

New Designs for 2011

The WRX five-door model will now share the WRX STI wide body design for 2011, underscoring the high-performance character of this model. Significantly, curb weight for the 2011 WRX models increases by just 34 pounds over the "original body" 2010 models, preserving their powerful acceleration performance.

The new-for-2011 WRX 4-door design is based on a "wide and low" concept that gives the car an aggressive road presence. Like the wide-body design already used for the 5-door WRX STI, the new 4-door WRX features widened front and rear track dimensions and wider, more projecting front fenders and rear quarter panels. The design maintains a consistent flow from front to rear bumper, creating a distinctive identity and a sense of stability.

In front, the 2011 WRX models feature sharpened bumper corners and wider, blacked-out fog lamp nacelles to accentuate the "wide and low" profile. A jutting lip spoiler with three-dimensional detailing emphasizes the cars' sporty intent. The newly designed front grille with black base and blacked-out Subaru wing highlights the headlights' shape to give the entire front end a more powerful appearance, accentuated by larger grille and bumper intake openings.

For the 2011 WRX 4-door model, newly designed wider fenders are stretched out on the side more than the tail lamps, accentuating a look of stability. The new design details contribute to an improved drag coefficient.

Sporty, Spacious and Versatile Interior

In the WRX models, exclusive carbon black checkered upholstery accented by red stitching sets the tone for the sporty interior. The compact layout of the double-wishbone rear suspension helps to minimize intrusion into the cargo area, providing a wide and deep luggage compartment. In the 5-door, the wide and flat load floor can accommodate two Tour-size golf bags with the rear seat backs in the upright position. In the 4-door, which is 6.5-inches longer than the 5-door, the trunk can accommodate three Tour-size golf bags. A 60/40-split folding rear seat further boosts cargo capacity and convenience in both models, and the 4-door also features a rear seat fold-down center armrest.

All WRX models are equipped with standard aluminum-alloy pedal covers and driver's footrest. Performance-design front seats integrate the backrest and head restraint into a single structure. As a sporty accent, the instrument panel electroluminescent gauges use indicator needles that sweep the gauge faces upon engine startup.

The standard tilt and telescopic steering wheel is a three-spoke, leather-wrapped design and features control switches for Bluetooth® hands-free phone function. A new AM/FM stereo with single-disc CD player features Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free calling, iPod control capability, a USB port, 3.5mm aux. input jack and XM/SIRIUS satellite radio (subscription is extra). An available navigation system integrates a vehicle information center and Bluetooth hands-free calling.

Proven Subaru Safety

The Impreza models are built around the Ring-Shaped Reinforcement Frame body structure with front and rear crumple zones. This design has been proven in Subaru models for over a decade to provide outstanding crash protection. Side-curtain airbags are standard on all Subaru models, as is a 4-wheel disc Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Now that it looks like an STI, I wonder if the STI will actually
      get a power increase?
      • 5 Years Ago
      excellent! finally a competitor for the speed3. hopefully they'll include a nice package for the price
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Much better...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the look of this alot better then the current "rex" but like LS2 I would much rather the hatchback and I cant wait to see the version. Its a shame though I dont want a full blown Sti and would much prefer the "rex" but its not available in the hatch so no sale to subie!
      • 5 Years Ago
      i love both the hatch and the sedan wrx/sti's... but i want this in a wagon.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Very nice. Not sure about that shade of red though but it looks much better than the hatchback version. And now to check out the pics of the interior... aaarrrgghhhh, my eyes !
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks pretty good in person, I'm actually about 100 feet away from that right now. Guys, if you go back to the Subaru display, there's a touch screen monitor that says something along the lines of "love the wing" or something. If you touch it, choose the right wing, you get a nice rev from the new STi..
      • 5 Years Ago
      So does no one else notice the swirl marks and compound dust in the emblems? Subaru should fire their detailer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They did NOTHING to the interior? Pass.

      The interior in the WRX is flat out depressing, with crappy looking hard plastics and just a general sense of "meh" throughout. It looks like it belongs in a $12,000 vehicle versus one that is about $26,000.

      At least they did something to bring the handling on par with the straight line performance.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Couldn't agree more. I like my '08 WRX for the most part but the interior is rubbish, especially after downgrading from an '06 Mazdaspeed6. I still can't get over the plastic center armrest. I have to $100+ for something with padding? I'm sure leather seats (if available on this model year) would help to a certain degree, but everything else just feels too cheap, even if this is supposed to be an affordable performance car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think it's just the pictures, but that red looks way too "orange" in some shots.

      Other than that though, I think this is a step in the right direction. If anything to get it to look less like a 5 yr old Kia.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agree that it's a great change in the right direction, but it still looks very Kia/Camry-like to me. My favorite is still the 07, which although had polarizing looks, was at least very unique.
        • 5 Years Ago
        i cant tell anything in this color

        are they trying to hide the new curves?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Step in the right direction but I think the sedan's biggest problem was the old Ford Focus rear look it has going on. Still looks pretty weak. Any of the previous sedans (Impreza or Legacy) had a nicer rear, if not that exciting.

        Needs more love...
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