2014 Subaru WRX to break away from Impreza

The all-new Subaru WRX could still be three years away, with the completely redesigned model expected to launch in 2014.
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As we reported earlier this year, Subaru will separate the WRX model from the Subaru Impreza range, with the WRX and WRX STI expected to become models in their own right.

Subaru president Ikuo Mori gave confirmation of a new halo model at a recent shareholder’s meeting.

“We will launch a new sporty car in 2014,” Mr Mori said.

According to a Subaru insider who spoke with Motor Trend, the new Subaru WRX will be a very different car to the Impreza.

“Apart from a few nuts and bolts, every part on the WRX will be unique, even the engine and body. Obviously the WRX’s platform will be inherited from the new Impreza, but it will be radically modified and significantly shortened.”

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The source said the new model has been designed with the aim of dominating the world rally circuit.

“The first thing you must understand about our all-new WRX is that we have developed it from the ground up to win in motorsports events. That's why we have focused so heavily on weight issues, not to mention a shorter wheelbase that permits faster, more precise turn-in.“Marry that to our proven AWD system, and we think we have a winner.”

Engine details are yet to be locked in, but Subaru is reportedly considering a turbocharged and supercharged 1.6-litre engine with around 200kW of power.

What do you think? Is it a good move to separate WRX from Impreza? Do you think a shorter platform is the way to go? And can you wait until 2014 to get your hands on one? Let us know in the comments section below.