As your local Subaru dealers, we are always pleased when we get to share great news with our clients. We are proud to report that Subaru is developing a new light hatch and if that wasn’t exciting enough we understand that there may be return planned to the WRC. Let’s take a closer look at the details in this Subaru news roundup.
The New Subaru Light Hatch
When they visit their local Subaru car dealer, Perth motorists will notice that we have a wide variety of cars available for sale. However, one area where Subaru doesn’t have an offering in Australia or elsewhere around the world is in the light car segment. There are strong rumours that this particular situation is about to be resolved with the introduction of a new light hatch.
It’s believed that this new car will be a Yaris sized type car. This car would bridge the gaps between the Kei and the Impreza in the range. Wait, what is a Subaru Kei? Well, you can be forgiven for not knowing this particular car; it’s a Japanese market only release and it’s the smallest car in the Subaru stable.
There are strong industry rumours that the new Subaru light hatch will also have a hot hatch variant. This could be powered by a 1.8 litre four cylinder turbocharged “boxer” engine. This may well be the powerplant that has also been developed for the next generation Levorg wagon models that we will see in the near future.
This is an exciting development, as this car would be a clear replacement for the SRX hatch, and it may even indicate a willingness on the part of Subaru to return to their rallying roots. In recent years, we have seen Subaru playing in the Australian Rallying Championship (ARC), and perhaps a return to the World Rallying Championships (WRC) is on the cards too.
The WRC Potential Return
Subaru as a brand when to worldwide prominence with their performance during the WRC in the late 90’s until they retired from racing altogether. Despite still offering a WRX and WRX STI many petrolheads were saddening by this loss. These two cars whilst still impressive for racing purposes would no longer be suitable for the WRC. Things have changed considerably and for those not following in rallying in recent years the technology has moved on. The dominant cars in the WRC are now smaller rallying variants based on the Ford Fiesta and Toyota Yaris. However, this a rallying variant of the aforementioned new lighter Subaru could certainly compete.
The Launch Date
The Japanese car site Spyder 7 have claimed that we may see this new light hatch as early as 2019 which seems to be an amazing claim. To date, we have seen no concept cars or sketches so a release of this nature would be a real break with tradition for the Subaru brand.
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