This might be the best-looking generation of a car long acknowledged as a desirable despite its looks. The WRX has always been a performance bargain–and that part of the equation doesn’t appear to be changing one iota.
Subaru has been a bit adventurous while searching for form language and visual identity as of late, but this being in line with the Subaru Advanced Tourer Concept indicates consistency in direction–and it is a good direction. Additionally, the newly introduced Crosstrek and existing Impreza can be brought into line with these concepts with just a few touches in a mid-cycle refresh; the disparity between the production Impreza and its preceding concept could be an indicator that this move is already in the tooling stage.
Regarding the WRX, it’s newly aggressive and modern without going overboard–this should make it extraordinarily attractive to the extant AWD performance fanatic community and bring new buyers to Subaru’s doorstep. Fantastic attention to detail is not out of place for a concept car, but it does make one wonder how much will translate to production.
The very slick CHMSL will likely not pass DOT regulations, and most of the lighting elements appear too intricate and complicated to keep pricing competitive… But, we shall see.