Report: New Subaru WRX, STI to arrive late next year

The WRX STI is expected to take inspiration from the Viziv Performance concept.

Subaru's next-generation WRX and WRX STI may be scheduled to debut in the latter half of 2020, according to Japan's Best Car magazine.

The performance-focused duo are expected to be underpinned by the Subaru Global Platform, which entered production with the Impreza sedan and hatchback for the 2017 model year. The new architecture is much more rigid, with a lower center of gravity and reduced body roll.

An executive in 2017 suggested the WRX and STI would not arrive until 2020 due to ongoing powertrain development. The latest report claims the WRX will be powered by a 1.8-liter turbo engine mated to a CVT, while the range-topping STI will get Subaru's 2.0-liter FA20F direct-injection turbo engine with 320 horsepower delivered via a six-speed manual gearbox.

Styling will likely be inspired by the Viziv Performance concept (pictured) and both performance models could be previewed in a near-production concept this year in Tokyo.

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