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Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - AUTOS -

rather re­veal­ing teaser of the up­com­ing 2015 WRX.

Subaru’s con­cept cars have a ten­dency to lose their edgi­ness when mov­ing from con­cept to pro­duc­tion. The WRX seems to be no ex­cep­tion, toned down con­sid­er­ably from the bor­der­line out­landish WRX Con­cept from the New York Auto Show. Still, with a huge hood scoop, bulging fend­ers and BRZ-in­spired day­time run­ning lights up front, it’s clear the pro­duc­tion WRX won’t skimp on the ag­gres­sive­ness when it makes its de­but at the Los An­ge­les Auto Show next week.

Ini­tial hub­bub pegged the WRX and STI as com­pletely sep­a­rate mod­els from the Im­preza, but that won’t be the case. The WRX will still share its genes with the Im­preza, but will sport a cou­ple of new pow­er­trains. Ru­mour has it the cur­rent pair of 2.5-litre tur­bocharged four-cylin­der en­gines will be swapped out for tur­bocharged vari­ants of the BRZ’s FA20 2.0-litre Boxer.

It is also ru­moured that Subaru will drop the WRX and STI hatch­back for 2015 and go for a sedan-only lineup, at least in North Amer­ica. That de­tail has yet to be de­ter­mined, but wouldn’t seem wise, con­sid­er­ing most — if not all — of its com­peti­tors are hatch­backs.

At the same time as the WRX de­but next week, Subaru will un­veil the Levorg Con­cept at the Tokyo Mo­tor Show.

In fact, look closely at the Levorg teaser shot: Could it be a hatch­back or a wagon ver­sion of the WRX?

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