A Newly Rendered 2013 WRX Concept Car. What do you think?

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UPDATE 8/28/12: Click here


Last month, we brought you the first photos of the next-generation 2013 Subaru Impreza WRX in disguise. It was caught testing in Europe and even though it was covered from nose to tail in black camouflage, the Subaru Impreza prototype revealed a few details about the styling direction of the redesigned hatchback.

Up front, the test mule looks like it had a few design elements borrowed directly from the Hybrid Tourer Concept shown at the 2009 Tokyo Auto Show. The angular lines of the grille and front fascia are certainly different from the current Impreza and they point toward an even more aggressive look for the all-wheel-drive hatchback.

The grille no longer blends cleanly into the hood line, as you can clearly see two notches on each side that sharply define the opening. Separate headlights also appear to be part of the new design along with a new lower airdam and small front quarter windows just ahead of the side mirrors.

The changes out back are less dramatic. New taillights that are a little shorter and wider appear to be the most noticeable change, while the overall shape of the rear window looks much the same as the current WRX hatchback. Hard to tell what’s going on with the tailpipes as the test mule had its exhaust tucked tightly under the bodywork. We can only hope that the production WRX gets a proper set of exhaust pipes when it arrives in production form.

When that will be is hard to tell at this point. We don’t expect to see this Impreza on sale until 2012 given the recent upgrades made to the 2011 Impreza. With that in mind, look for a possible worldwide debut at the Tokyo auto show in November of next year.

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10 thoughts on “A Newly Rendered 2013 WRX Concept Car. What do you think?

  1. Anonymous

    It’s getting worse and worse, this does not even look like a performance car, let alone a Subaru. Disappointed =[

  2. Marl Twaim

    don’t worry anonymous–this MUST be fake. subaru is not stupid. this is clearly an artist’s rendering of the spy photos taken in 2006 of the 2008 model wrx. search for 2010 Impreza Concept on this site to see what the next-gen WRX will ACTUALLY be based on.

  3. Paul

    Dudes, check this out – much, much better!

    http://www.automotto.com/entry/subaru-wrx-sti-concept/

  4. Matt

    Both those renderings are ancient designs by students with no affiliation to Subaru. The one posted in this blog is a rendering done based on actual photos of a heavily disguised 2013 Impreza. A lot of the design elements are based on existing vehicles. Other possibility is the Subaru concept car shown at the 2010 LA Auto Show. Looks like a Scion tC with a bunch of electronic do dads on it. Either scenario sucks and has me looking elswhere for a new car in 2013

  5. SF

    front end looks like an ’08 Outback and the back looks like an Audi A3…so is it an Audback or an Outdi?

  6. Shaun

    It looks like the base line impreza not a WRX Lame! Dropping he size of the engine is a huge mistake. keeping the same HP. will only cause the engine to work that much harder. guess I will just have to by an older one.

  7. Ramiro Valverde

    I like it but make it agtresive design it will call more atention ¡¡¡¡¡¡

  8. silvio

    I HAVE NO WORD FOR THIS CAR, where is rear end?

  9. BOZO

    Ugliest ever…It looks like a mix of a chevrolet Sonic and a toyota Prius…Can you tell me how the hell does this car look aggressive !?

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