The Lancer Ralliart and Evolution died a sad death. Stranded out in the wilderness by their own Maker. Without the sedan rival to the WRX and WRX STI, what will Subaru do?
Will we finally get a hatchback version? This would place the WRX line into the Golf GTI & R, and Focus ST & RS comparisons instantly and accurately.
Perhaps create a luxurious interior package and a more subtle exterior in order to be a bigger, AWD, bargain shop to the CLA and S3? (WRX S4 SporVita).
Or just keep doing what it’s doing and be the only AWD, performance sedan in its class? (Regal doesn’t count).
Subaru could probably get by without a WRX hatch until the next generation. Not like anyone is going to bother othering a compact, AWD, performance sedan for under $35k this decade.
AWD Civic Si and Type-R? Versa Nismo?? Corolla Trofeo??! Kia Fortissimo?!!
Maybe GM will do a Buick Regal GS AWD “RalliPack.” Stripout some of the luxury materials and tech, de-chrome, smaller wheels, all for a reduced price of $33,950?
Nah, GM would Encore GS AWD or Excelle-XT instead.
Well maybe Subaru will Crosstek GT and STI? There is a 325hp, AWD Fusion coming for under $35k soon. Perhaps an excuse to go Legacy GT and STI if the sales are there. Either way, those all seem more likely than a hatchback WRX in the US before 2019.