I don’t hate him at all. I liked his BRZ review, he gave good insight based off prior ownership, which was nice.Oh, lol you must really hate the guy then
It’ll still sell regardless of what we think. That’s Subaru’s thing with the WRX. People criticize it rightfully, someone says “yeah but THIS one definitely won’t sale.” and it still sales.Subaru is trying to have it both ways. They want to keep their WRX fan base while attracting the Crossover crowd. The suspension is slightly raised up. The engine tuning is conservative. The top GT version is CVT only. I predict an additional "Wagon" model in a year or so. I don't think it will be the Levorg. The WRX could represent a bridge vehicle between a performance sedan and a performance Crossover. It has the extra ground clearance to go off road when the need arises and the performance to compete with GTI, GLI, Civic SI and Hatchback, Type R, Hyundai Veloster and Kona N but not directly because of its AWD capability. It may still be a very good car to drive but I think Subaru may have changed the formula slightly in order to increase the WRX base to new customers.
Now that it’s on their global architecture to save money but help overall dynamics across the lineup, the WRX will have some minor trade offs.Oh I think it will definitely sell. There is no doubt about that. I did read from a quick look on Motor Trend that the ground clearance has been increased by 1/2 inch. Further I read that the Levorg which does apparently share this platform is getting this engine and may be called WRX in other markets. That is why I am questioning where Subaru is going with the WRX. I will say in that Metallic Orange the Black cladding works(excluding the back end which I cannot understand).
It’s because wagons don’t sell well in certain markets. Even though realistically, instead of crossovers, people should be in wagons. Aka: the average consumer. Also the original WRXs were coupe and sedan imprezas, not hatches/wagons.Yes-That Tesla style flat screen. For a Sports sedan why put it in? But as you say this is the "Global Architecture". Therefore it would make sense for corporate cost cutting to do this and taking it out of the Outback and Accent makes total sense. The one part I just cannot get past is that overly complicated rear bumper. The rear tail lights don't bother me either because the internals look a little BRZ/GR86 and the shape does look a little Civiky. But frankly people complained about the rear tail lights in the BRZ/GR86 as well. I like them. But considering that Subaru has pioneered and continued to sell this "wagon" type vehicles, why not have a performance WRX wagon like the Levorg. It would seem to me to be a natural and it would expand the WRX base of customers. If they market it right I think it could be a "homerun" for them. As for the engine, its either cost cutting or emissions regulation or both. Its going to be interesting to see what they do for the STI. My sense. Similar power and torque as the previous STI. No real power bump.
I always liked the WRX/STi, always been a fan, love the look and AWD. Everytime I stop by the dealership I pick up a couple of brochures specifically WRX/Sti ones. hoping one day I would buy one. But now, it's kinda like the new WRX is not my cup of tea look wise. I don't mind the interior, it doesn't look too bad. Just the exterior design looks so generic for Subaru now because of the global platform. Now it's like all the cars have the same engine and the same chassis. That really doesn't make the WRX/Sti differ from say a CrossTrek or a Legacy, or etc etc etc. I was hoping the WRX would look good because if it's the same pricing as it was before, it would be in the running for my next car, now though, no so much.
It needs a revamp and the rear lights and larger headlights. The painted arches makes the car look better. The Wing shouldn't be black and should be colour matched.