It's pretty confusing that the only Subaru WRX and WRX STI you can currently buy is a sedan. Well, it's nice to see Subaru's fast-paced cars keeping it down for a dying segment, but many of us – including me – miss the practical function of the old WRX wagon and hatchback. Don't get your hopes too much during this 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon concept, though.
Today, we learn that in Japan's classified version of SEMA next month, Subaru will showcase two concepts: Impreza STI Concept and Forester STI Concept. The latter is also a hybrid STI. More about that in a moment.
The Impreza STI concept is apparently based on the five-door non-WRX notch we get in America, but it has been fitted with some custom wheels, aero bits and other parts. Notice the lack of a hood kick, though. If this thing has a turbocharged boxing engine under that cap, I would be very surprised.
Doesn't it look good? Don't you think a WRX or STI hatch could cover all your needs, blowing through ice and rain with all-wheel drive and carrying all sorts of shit in the back? It's definitely a good idea, but I don't hold my breath so there will be nothing more than a tuner proof-of-concept.
Then we have Forester STI Concept. This is based on the upcoming Forester eBoxer Hybrid, which has a combined system output of about 155 hp and 187 lb-ft of torque, not bad, but not STI-worthy. Here, there will be several aero parts, a custom gray paint job, 19-inch wheels and Brembo six-piston caliper brakes at the front.
It looks sharp, but I wish these cars had power outlets to back up the flashy pink emblems. Maybe we'll see some cooler stuff from Subaru at the salon next month, or at the Detroit Auto Show around the same time.