Impreza WRX STI hatch revival? Subaru and Toyota to debut AWD hot-hatch in 2022!

Sanjay · Feb 10, 2021 01:00 PM

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The Toyota and Subaru partnership has turned out to be joyfully fruitful one for enthusiasts, because, well, we got two generations of the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ twins. Now, they want to do it again, this time creating an all-wheel drive (AWD), rally-bred hot-hatch. 

So what do we know?

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Current-gen WRX STI.

First things first, it's vital to know the Impreza nameplate covers both sedans and hatchbacks. Meanwhile, the WRX model line-up is reserved only for sedans. 

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That said, the third-generation (GRB) Impreza was the only hatchback to wear the WRX STI name.

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Impreza Sport.

Which is why the source mentions that the hot-hatch - touted to be the revival of the Impreza WRX STI hatch - will be sized somewhere around the current-gen Impreza Sport. For context, here's how the four-door Impreza Sport measures against the two-door Toyota GR Yaris:

Subaru Impreza Sport vs GR Yaris dimensions
Model Subaru Impreza Sport GR Yaris
Length (mm) 4,475 3,995
Width (mm) 1,775 1,805
Height (mm) 1,515 1,445
Wheelbase (mm) 2,670 2,560

But size is not the only differing factor -  the publication reports that a 'completely different AWD system from the Yaris WRC' will be used, hinting at Subaru adopting their Symmetrical AWD system instead.

Other than that, the hot-hatch is expected to stay true-to-Subaru-form with a Boxer engine.

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Could it look like this?

The new model is said to make its world debut in late-2022. Between this and the purported Subaru XV 'Coupe', there's plenty of good new things to note from Subaru.

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