For enthusiasts, the debut of the 2015 Subaru WRX was arguably one of the more important happenings at last week's LA Auto Show. After all, the 'Rex has been one of our perennial favorite all-weather sports cars, able to offer big thrills in any clime thanks to its turbocharged engine, manual gearbox and top-notch all-wheel-drive system.

For 2015, some big changes have been made to our favorite Subie, including the removal of the hatchback body style and availability of a continuously variable transmission. Of course, there's also the new, 2.0-liter turbocharged boxer four-cylinder engine, not to mention the completely revised styling.

Lots of talking points, for sure, so West Coast Editor Michael Harley chatted with Dominick Infante, national manager of product communications for Subaru USA, who promises us that this car will be the "best-handling WRX ever." As for that CVT, Infante assures us that it was "designed for a sports car" and that the company aims to change the minds of people (like us, admittedly) who have a hard time warming up to the idea of this transmission in a package like the WRX.

We'll get our first drive of the 2015 WRX next month, but for now, scroll down to have a closer look at Subaru's new and improved hot hatch sedan.
2015 Subaru WRX: 2013 LA Auto Show


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      72CJ5driver
      • 1 Year Ago
      inline 4? are you sure about that?
        72CJ5driver
        • 1 Year Ago
        @72CJ5driver
        Quoted so people don\'t think I\'m an idiot after they fix it. \" Of course, there\'s also the new, 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, not to mention the completely revised styling.\"
        Mike
        • 1 Year Ago
        @72CJ5driver
        maybe they were talking about the justy?~!!
      LS
      • 1 Year Ago
      Though the WRX looks OK, compared to that concept....what a let down.
      Hokie D
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, an AWD Corolla turbo. GTI and Focus ST win in the looks department by a mile. I wonder what Mazda is cooking up for the next Mazdaspeeed3?
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      RIP Hatchback.
      al4gg10
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not a fan of this new style ! The previous version looked much better in my eyes. Also did you notice that Subaru took the WRX labeling off the front seats ? Cost cutting ? So far I'm really disappointed in what I see of the new model. It better drive a HELL of a lot better than the previous model to even attempt to compensate. A 6 speed manual transmission ? Will the STI version now be quicker in the 0 -60 times ?
      Jmaister
      • 1 Year Ago
      different camera angle matters!!! AB, why you took photo from the ground angle.
      WindsWilling
      • 1 Year Ago
      Subaru hears it's fans loud and clear, thus they know we like the hatch, would kill for something like a 22B, and know how much we adored the WRX concept shown off at NYIAS. But Subaru hates it's fans, and to show us how much they hate the consumer, they gave the direct opposite of all that we wanted. One of the most direct slaps in the face, bait'n'switches to date by an auto maker. Good jerb Subaru.
        MotionDesigner
        • 1 Year Ago
        @WindsWilling
        Subaru loves its fans but it's not going to go bankrupt just to please them. They didn't have the financial means to carry through with their original plan of putting the WRX on its own unique platform, which the concept was based on.
      adam
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hate listening to sales guys. Let an engineer talk about the car.
      _M7_
      • 1 Year Ago
      ....More I look new models...More I miss the 22B look like :(
      Pinhead
      • 1 Year Ago
      that still makes the short dude's hands look enormous.
      WhoMeWhere
      • 1 Year Ago
      CVT isn't the end of the world. It will be interesting to see if Subaru can tune it to work well in this application. It can be done. Almost every FSAE car is running them and most are being built and tuned by undergrads and it is making times more consistent. That said, I still enjoy a manual more in my cars and in FSAE
      Jake
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wish they could move the front axle forward, but I know that's almost impossible with a front-boxer/AWD setup. The only way I can think of requires raising the engine and have the front driveshaft pass underneath.
        Andrew Pappas
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jake
        Audi has a similar drivetrain layout and they have nudged the front axle forward by angling the axles from their point on the transmission to the wheels. Probably too expensive an adaptation for Subaru's price point.
        Matt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jake
        Yeah, subies might have the largest front overhangs of any car.
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