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2013 LA Auto Show: Subaru ups the ante with 2015 WRX sedan

November 21, 2013, 02:50 PM IST by Ninad Mirajgaonkar
2013 LA Auto Show: Subaru ups the ante with 2015 WRX sedan

Subaru has unveiled the 2015 WRX sedan - a new model that separates it from the five-door Impreza. A sedate version of the WRX concept, the new car is more aesthetic, powerful and efficient than the outgoing Impreza WRX.

The 2015 WRX gets a new 2.0-litre direct-injection turbocharged boxer engine that pumps 268bhp - three more than the previous 2.5-litre mill. The torque figure has also improved by just 18Nm, but the torque spread is wider, delivering all the thrust between 2,000rpm and 5,000rpm. With the six-speed manual unit, the WRX is capable of hitting the 100kph mark in 5.4 seconds. Subaru is also offering a CVT gearbox with option of six or eight-speed shift modes, but it is obviously a bit slower than the manual box. The continuous AWD is coupled with the 6MT offering 50:50 torque split, while the CVT gets Subaru's Variable Torque Distribution with a 45:55 split. 

The handling is expected to improve with the modified stiffer chassis and suspension, but there may be a hiccup in the form of the new electrically assisted power steering. The manual version is about 30kg heavier than its predecessor, whereas the CVT puts on extra 70kg.

The WRX gets relatively aggressive styling, it is also bigger than the Impreza so as to distinguish it from the latter. The rear spoiler (optional) and massive hood scoop remain trademark WRX styling cues. The interiors are all-black and gizmo-studded with multiple displays to provide the driver with every type of information. The new WRX is expected to go on sale next year and the global prices will be announced closer to the launch date.

We love the WRX in India, just like rest other motorheads around the world. Unfortunately, Subaru has no plans of coming to Indian shores any time soon, but those with ample dough can always look at an option of personally importing a piece, once they commence deliveries.

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