Subaru has confirmed that it is evaluating the suitability of the forthcoming WRX (nee Impreza) for the UK market.

We previously brought you news that the WRX model line was to be axed in the UK due to high emissions and fuel consumption making it uncompetitive against increasingly frugal, though no less rapid, hot hatchbacks.

It seems now the Subaru top brass are having a change of heart, as the company prepares to unveil a new concept WRX, which will point the way to a forthcoming showroom model.

The design study, simply called Subaru WRX concept vehicle, was first shown earlier this year at the New York motor show and will make its European debut at the Frankfurt motor show in early September.

Showcasing an aesthetic that is expected to be very similar to the production version, the concept is lower and wider than previous iterations, with the company moving away from the classic bewinged saloon design for a more sleek, sporting coupe.

Some of the trademark Subaru design features remain, including a bulging bonnet complete with gaping air-scoop. It will also be fitted with Subaru’s four-wheel-drive system, a feature that runs right through the Impreza’s history.

New examples of the current generation WRX are all sold out, but you can search our classifieds for a used Subaru Impreza here

Daljinder Nagra


July 26, 2013