There was nary a peep of discontent about the looks of the Subaru Advanced Tourer concept revealed at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. But when everyone was clamoring for Scooby to transfer the Advanced Tourer's looks to a production vehicle, never once did people ask for that transfer to be foisted on the WRX. A report in Motor Trend, though, says that's what's happening: the concept "was actually an early look at the next-generation Subaru WRX."

MT's sources said the front end Advanced Tourer's front end will go onto the WRX, with other aspects of the concept made more aggressive to suit the personality of Subaru's rally-ready racer. And if the concept also presages the next WRX's dimensions, then you can expect the next-generation sedan and hatchback to be larger (though in truth we don't anticipate a big gain in footprint).

Notice the name "Impreza" hasn't appeared anywhere in our discussion yet. Subaru is reportedly dropping the name in an attempt to get more 'Likes' for the WRX by making it more approachable, so the next model will relinquish its association with the Impreza line and be more performanced focused even as it is receives a better interior and is morphed into a "more-mature sporty grand tourer." Engine choices are still being debated for the car due in 2015; the rumored options include 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinders and a hybrid version of the 1.6-liter.


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      Ken
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hate concept car interiors. I just want to see what they actually have in mind. 95% of these elements will be left at the auto show.
        Thenewblack
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ken
        I was just thinking the same thing. Look at those pedals. Chance of something like that making it into production? Zero.
        breakfastburrito
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ken
        Concept cars are a chance for designers to explore future possibilities - NOT to show armchair critics what production cars look like...
      Lab Rat
      • 2 Years Ago
      All of the info from Subaru that I've seen so far says the new WRX is going to be smaller than the current Impreza. If this is bigger, I call bull.
      bassrebel
      • 2 Years Ago
      For the love of Jeebus, make it happen!!!!!!!
      Gorgenapper
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like it overall. A bunch of stuff will NOT make it into production (super big wheels, tiny side mirrors, weird pedals, etc.) but I'm diggin' it. If they can do something based on this concept, with an engine that's less prone to eating its ringlands and still pushing over 300hp AND aftermarket friendly... they'll have a big hit on their hands.
      joe shmoe
      • 2 Years Ago
      the only way they can win is if they make the production model almost exactly like that. too many of the subaru models look awkward. proportionally, this concept looks good.
      Thenewblack
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like this a lot.
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Marin
      • 2 Years Ago
      looks great, but i thought this is a concept that previews the next legacy, not the wrx
      Anj
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like this car, but not as the WRX. Whats going on at Subaru? First they take away the Legacy wagon, then the Forester XT w/manual trans, then I hear that they're not gonna offer the Legacy GT in the US anymore and now this. I never realized that the WRX, being based on the Impreza, made it unapproachable. Does all of this have something to do w/Toyota? Is Toyota trying to make Subaru as boring and nausiating as they are?
      Larry7995
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am looking at buying an STI maybe 8 months out, and also waiting to see the BRZ with a turbo so its not so pathetic at 200hp. Frankly, I would not buy an STI that was heavier and larger and looked like this concept.
      Jissan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't care how derivative it is, I am not one for "tourers/wagons/etc" but that is gorgeous. I know they have to dilute most of the tech and interior, just hope they keep those god damn lines and fine details.
      ken
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think the AT is for Exiga preview. Subaru may recycle the front end & the styling direction, but platform (and most of dimension) donor will still be the Impreza.
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