When Subaru showed us the WRX Concept at this year’s New York Motor Show, we were quietly hoping Subaru would break with tradition and finally bring us a production model that closely resembles its glitzy motor show brethren.
However, when spy photos (albeit photoshop) of the upcoming Subaru WRX, which was once a cult car, landed on our desk, our hopes came crashing down. Now, our fear is all but confirmed – Subaru has once again given us a production car that is far removed from its purported concept, as can be seen in this video. Instead, it is merely a wide-bodied Impreza sedan!
Here, we see a full-bodied prototype undergoing testing on public roads. The camouflage on the car (instead of cladding) means the design has probably been signed off, sadly. It appears that Subaru engineers are bench marking the new WRX against the hardly sensational Mazda3 MPS.
If that is indeed what they are doing, then I’m afraid we won’t have very much to look forward to in the 2014 WRX, as the Mazda3 MPS isn’t the tidiest handling hot-hatch on the market.
Let’s hope that the Mazda is just a support car, and that the new WRX would wow us with its performance and handling, just like it once did.
Check out the video below and see for yourself.