THE next Subaru WRX will be an electrified driver’s car, the company’s design chief has confirmed.
Mamorou Ishii revealed the performance vehicle, which is due in 2020, will sit on the new Subaru Global Platform, which can support multiple powertrains — including hybrid configurations.
Speaking to Autocar, Ishii said: “Four-wheel drive is critical to the power and performance levels our customers expect, but on the engine, we have more freedom”, suggesting that fans of the WRX can expect the kind of performance they’re used to when the switch to electrification comes.
Ishii also confirmed the design of the car would be inspired by the Viziz Performance conept unveiled at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, adding: “We have built up this tradition with the Legacy, Impreza and WRX. We want it to look fast even when it is parked.”
As for autonomous technology, that doesn’t appear to be on the agenda for Subaru’s flagship performance car. Ishii said: “We know that autonomous and connective technology are coming, and for many customers that is great, but we don’t think that is what all of our customers want.
"For some, driving pleasure is still very important and that is what we are exploring.”
The Japanese manufacturer recently discontinued the WRX in the UK, although the full-petrol model remains on sale worldwide. A spokesperson for Subaru UK said in a statement to Press Association: “This is a swansong for the UK. Subaru isn’t stopping the sale of the WRX STI globally, but Subaru UK is.”