Subaru gives a peek at next-generation WRX

At the 2013 New York auto show, Subaru showed off its WRX concept, a hint at what a new enthusiast car would look like.

Subaru WRX concept
Subaru's WRX concept takes the stage during the 2013 New York auto show. Sarah Tew/CNET

NEW YORK--When Subaru updated its Impreza for the 2012 model year, enthusiast were left wondering when a WRX version would follow. Here at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, the wait wasn't over, but Subaru did hint at its WRX development work.

At the show, Subaru pulled the covers off the WRX concept, a sedan with fastback styling.

Although a concept, the car looks almost production-ready. Its LED headlights would likely not make it to production, but the body style is something Subaru could pull off.

The company released no specifications at the unveiling of the concept, but a production version would likely use Subaru's all-wheel-drive system and have a turbocharged boxer-style engine, both technologies to which Subaru is devoted.

However, Subaru's recent development of continuously variable transmissions would not be suitable for a high-performance car. Expect a manual transmission similar to that in the BRZ.

Subaru released no timeline for a production version, but as it would probably be a big seller, the company should be hard at work, and may have something to show before the end of the year. A new WRX would likely go on sale next year.

Featured Video

Why do so many of us still buy cars with off-road abilities?

Cities are full of cars like the Subaru XV that can drive off-road but will never see any challenging terrain. What drives us to buy cars with these abilities when we don't really need them most of the time?

by Drew Stearne