The Subaru WRX range is growing just a little bit larger, at least in Japan, with the automaker's teasing announcement of a new version called the S4. Unfortunately, the company is keeping details about its latest all-wheel drive sport sedan a closely guarded secret for the moment.

From what we can glean, it appears that the S4 might be a more luxurious take on the WRX. According to the release, the name stands for the four qualities that Subaru wants the sedan to have: "'Sports performance', 'Safety performance', 'Smart driving' and 'Sophisticated feel.'" As part of this focus, the car comes with the company's EyeSight camera system. Thankfully, we don't have too long to wait to find out what all of the buzz words actually mean because Subaru is unveiling the S4 on August 25 in Japan.

The automaker also launched a teaser website for the S4 that you can cheek out, here, but at the moment it doesn't provide any more details about the new sport sedan. The site just has countdown until the August reveal. There's also no indication yet whether this potentially more premium WRX could make it US shores. Scroll down to read the Subaru's rather concise teaser for the upcoming S4.
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Subaru Names All-New Sports Sedan "WRX S4" in Japan

Tokyo, July 25, 2014 - Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the maker of Subaru automobiles, today announced that Subaru's all-new sports sedan, to be introduced in Japan on August 25, has been named "WRX S4".

While the "WRX S4" has "the Subaru's top AWD (All-Wheel drive) sports performance", the sports sedan also achieves "unique overall safety performance" with features such as the next-generation EyeSight, "superior environmental friendliness" and "high-quality feel". By fusing these four values at a high level centering on its AWD sports performance as a core attribute, a new value has been achieved. It enables more drivers to enjoy superb driving performance with safety and comfort. To represent the above four attributes, the vehicle name "S4" has four meanings; "Sports performance", "Safety performance", "Smart driving" and "Sophisticated feel".

A special website has been launched on the Subaru Official Website at 11:00 am on July 25 (Japan time) to release teaser images and other information.


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      hemusbull
      • 5 Months Ago
      Why Subaru mix with Audi this S4 signature? Or they don't like M4...LOL
      Brodz
      • 5 Months Ago
      A more luxury WRX? Hmmmm.
      12yan
      • 5 Months Ago
      Hmmm, a more sophisticated wrx sounds good. Wish they have a hatchback version coming as well.
      methos1999
      • 5 Months Ago
      Until they bring back the hatchback, I'm not interested.
      WindsWilling
      • 5 Months Ago
      Different material use in the interior like the seats. More sound deadening material most likely. Other added non-sense. People wanted a wagon or a 22B. This is neither. This is typical Subaru though. It'll take so many years for them to actually listen. Look how long it took them to finally sharpen up the handling responsiveness and to at least make an attempt to reduce the typical understeer. Remember when Mitsu went "upmarket" with the Evolution, especially MR? Look how that worked out for them. Remember when Subaru said the new WRX would stray away from the Imprezza so it can be far more hardcore? Now they're making one that "more people can enjoy"? LOL... You want more people to enjoy your WRX/STI Subaru? 1. 22B 2. Wagon 3. New, reliable, 350hp motor in the STI
      SW
      • 5 Months Ago
      I smell a lawsuit from Audi
        TRAILbrake
        • 5 Months Ago
        @SW
        Does it smell like burnt electrical components? Cause that's normal for an Audi.
          TRAILbrake
          • 5 Months Ago
          @TRAILbrake
          @Mike, If you think 1qt. of oil is a lot you should know that the 2.0L TFSI engine in the A4, A5, A5 Cabriolet and Q5 has been known to burn a full quart every 400-1000 miles. 1qt. of between oil changes (5000-7000mi) is normal for a boxer engine - Subaru and Porsche owners who work on their own cars are aware of that. @Q, let's just ignore the fact that the Lancia Delta S4 existed in 1985.
          Mike
          • 5 Months Ago
          @TRAILbrake
          burnt? Nah, they might not have the best electrical but they don't burn. Good thing is that Audi's don't have oil loss issues like the new Subies. :)
          Q
          • 5 Months Ago
          @TRAILbrake
          Audi has building a performance S4 for 24 years, since 1991. This is no different than Audi building a A4 STI and ripping off Subaru and their deserved heritage. Cheesy.
      Jmaister
      • 5 Months Ago
      if S4 is not spelled h-a-t-c-h... i'm gonna flip...
      cquoica
      • 5 Months Ago
      Yeah, why are they making this trim? I love my '11 WRX. It's a badass engine paired with a great drivetrain. But when you get in, it's not the epitome of quality. I've gotten papercuts from the plastic over the center of the steering wheel while reaching for the odometer reset button. I haven't gotten a chance to sit in the '14 yet so I might just be talking out of my ass. Also, the S4 isn't a hatchback. Bring it back. :-)
      Neez
      • 5 Months Ago
      Well, they can't use "S4" here in the states if they ever decided to bring it over. I'm sure it's tradmarked by Audi. I'm assuming this is basically going to be very similar to the "Saabaru"s they made back in the mid-2000's.
      SethG
      • 5 Months Ago
      Briefly there was the Impreza GT which I believe was a WRX with an automatic. Maybe this is along those lines. Not sure if this is where they should be focusing their efforts right now. I don't know if there are people who are not buying a WRX because they want Eyesight functionality. But I'm pretty sure there are people not buying a WRX because they want a 5 door.
        DzdConfused
        • 5 Months Ago
        @SethG
        This doesn't matter to Subaru. The demand is high. People with the want and money to buy them can't get their hands on them because they aren't staying on dealer lots. The demand is currently greater than the supply.
        TRAILbrake
        • 5 Months Ago
        @SethG
        You might be thinking about the Legacy GT; though, it was available in both manual and automatic. My wife drives a 2002 WRX with the 4EAT and it's still branded as a Subaru Impreza WRX. On a side note the 4-speed auto is the most depressing transmission/engine combo that I have ever driven in my entire life. The new CVT is worlds better than the transmission it replaced despite every enthusiasts anti-CVT consensus.
      Dana Lee Thomas
      • 5 Months Ago
      I wonder what Audi will say about the nomenclature.
        Q
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Dana Lee Thomas
        Lawyers will have a field day with this. Right down to matching font.
      Lab Rat
      • 5 Months Ago
      I think the WRX could benefit from getting a Grand Touring type model in its lineup. I think we'll see a hatch in 2016 or as a 2016½ model. There's a good enough business case for the hatchback; its a matter of how much body paneling can be carried over on to the wagon shape. The Levorg concept is proof there's someone at Subaru who wants the WRX wagon. As for the FA getting more displacement? I think you're going to see something more like a 2.2L (2.2L STI would make the fanboys pee their pants!), and a smaller displacement 6-cylinder come out of the workings of that mill (3.3L, like the SVX). I'd expect the mid-cycle refresh of the STI to have the new engine. Also, I think an FA22 could replace the FB25 (For MPGs sake), as you would probably get 190+hp and significantly better torque figures out of one without having to strain it like the FA20 in the BRZ. Winding it so high to get the power out (redline is shy of 8000RPM) kills the MPGs that this car *could* be getting. A tuned-up FA22 would also be a good candidate for a BRZ higher-performance model, without adding huge extra costs. As for my dreams about the Diesel? The most likely time we'll see that happen is when they switch the diesel to the F-block. FE20? FD20? FF20? The smart thing to do here would be to make a 2.0L and a 2.5L turbodiesel. As faras 2.0L applications? Crosstrek and Forester seem obvious. If I'm dreaming here might as well go big: I think a Diesel BRZ would be a hoot, not to mention the application of a 2.5L TD Outback and Tribeca successor.
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