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Subaru News: Next Subaru WRX Isn't Arriving Till 2020

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The Subaru Impreza is beginning to hit dealers and that is causing everyone to wonder when the next WRX and STI are coming.

Motoring spoke with a senior Subaru engineer who revealed that the next-generation WRX/STI will not arrive till 2020. 

“The WRX will have a facelift soon, not a full model cycle, because the new model just launched in 2015,” said the engineer.

“The full model cycle will be about four or five years, and that’s when you’ll see a full model. We would love to have the WRX on the new platform, because the car would be a lot better … but the 2018 will be a facelift only.”

Rumor has it that the next WRX will adopt some sort of hybrid powertrain that will increase power and reduce emissions.

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What of the STI?

The current car is beyond stale and uses components and tech that is behind the times. It's like they just did a redo of the 03 car. That car was great 10-13 years ago. Today, it's simply outclassed. By it's own 'little' brother WRX, for starters.

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1 hour ago, Frisky Dingo said:

What of the STI?

The current car is beyond stale and uses components and tech that is behind the times. It's like they just did a redo of the 03 car. That car was great 10-13 years ago. Today, it's simply outclassed. By it's own 'little' brother WRX, for starters.

I'm assuming that it will be replaced around the same time as the WRX, but I can't seem to find any details on this at the moment.

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      Subaru will be launching their first plug-in hybrid for the U.S. later this year and plans on offering a full electric vehicle in 2021. But to pull both of these off, Subaru is enlisting various automakers to help.
      Takeshi Tachimori, Subaru's chief technical officer said they are drawing heavily on partnerships with Daihatsu, Hino, Mazda, Suzuki, and Toyota to help with the upcoming plug-in hybrid and EV. The reason for using the expertise of other automakers is Subaru's r&d budget doesn't stretch to include in-house development of these models.
      "We can't engage in a large-scale development," he told Automotive News.
      As more stringent emission regulations come into effect around the world, Subaru is counting on this plan to meet them.
      Tachimori also talked about the upcoming plug-in hybrid. While he wouldn't reveal what model it will be based on, he did say the model would use the powertrain from the Toyota Prius Prime with a twist: the gas engine will be one of Subaru's boxer engines.
      "For our plug-in hybrid to be introduced this year, we have used Toyota's technologies as much as possible," said Tachimori.
      The plug-in hybrid will be sold initially in states that have adopted California's zero-emission vehicle regulations.
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

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