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Revealed: 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX wide-body design

03/23/2010, 12:31 AMBY MARK KLEIS

Subaru has taken the wraps off of its new 2011 wide-body Impreza WRX, ahead of the upcoming 2010 New York Auto Show. This new Impreza will sport a physically wider stance, wider wheels and tires and will come in both four and five-door variations.

Getting away from the rather conservative styling of the outgoing model, Subaru has revealed a more sporty design for its next Impreza WRX that is as much about performance as it is about its sporty design language.

Starting with the 2011 model year, Subaru Impreza WRX buyers will enjoy tires that are mounted to wheels that are 1 inch wider at 17×8, sitting beneath a body that has 1.5 inches of additional front and rear track width. The result is a very measurable increase in stability that can better handle the 265 horsepower turbocharged and intercooled 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Subaru Boxer engine.

Although Subaru has only given a single preview shot of the sedan version of its next WRX, the automaker says it will offer the WRX in both a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback when it comes to dealers near you. Both models will feature a new wide-body design, which resulted in a 33 pound increase in weight when compared to the outgoing 2010 model.

The sedan model will be 6.5 inches longer than the five-door hatchback, and counter-intuitively, will offer additional storage space compared to the hatchback model.

“The new wide-body designs mark another major step on the continuous evolution of the WRX to give driving enthusiasts an even more compelling all-wheel drive performance package,” said Tom Doll, executive vice president and COO of Subaru of America, Inc.

The 2011 Impreza WRX also received some reworking of the front fascia, more specifically with sharpened bumper corners and a wider, blacked-out fog lamp nacelle to complement the newly widened profile. There is also a lower lip front spoiler to aid with aerodynamic flow and highlight the sport-appeal of the WRX trim level.



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