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Subaru prepares STI-tuned Impreza, more aggressive Crosstrek SUV

Subaru is gearing up for the Tokyo Auto Salon in January with a range of vehicles on display, including some hints about the production version.

The company’s Japanese website is a bit lacking in details, but the company promises to show off the new Impreza – debuted last November in LA – to a Japanese audience for the first time.

But beyond this, it also promises that the show car will be fitted with STI parts “under development and customized to sportier specifications”, hinting that a Subaru hot hatch is in the works. available on the card.

The new Impreza retains its signature all-wheel drive system and will be available with a 2.5-liter boxer-four producing around 136kW and 241Nm, mated to a CVT transmission with paddle shifters.

It’s unclear if the show car’s STI tuning will produce more power, but hopefully the upgrades will improve handling.

Another interesting concept is a more certain way New Crosstrekreplaces the XV (including in Australia) from 2023.

“The Boost Gear concept car is packed with tricks that ignite the adventurous spirit of an active life,” declares Subaru, without providing us with further information.

The image shows Yokohama Geolander all-terrain tires, a Rhino Rack roof, high-mounted light bars, side sills, new badges and lots of side panels.

It’s unclear if it previews a production car, though we do suggest there’s an audience for a solid small SUV – the Crosstrek keeps AWD as standard unlike most of its competition.

Other vehicles for display include a show car based on the Leborg STI Sport R EX, which offers “improved handling stability and a higher-quality ride” and is expected to be sold in limited quantities – although where is still unknown.

There are also several race cars including the BRZ-based GT300 and the WRX-based NBR Challenge car, both of which are illustrated below.

Tokyo Auto Salon 2023 opens on January 13.

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