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by Alexandru Monenciu, 7th December 2015

Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, the company’s CEO, has announced some interesting details about the Subaru Global Platform and the upcoming WRX STI at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.

The new model is set to launch in 2017 and the exterior of the car will be improved with some newly designed parts, such as more aggressive-looking fenders, carbon-fiber air ducts, a rear diffuser, and a newly developed rear wing.

While you would probably expect for the outside of the car to be sportier than the previous generation, the biggest surprise might come from under the hood. Like all the other carmakers, the Japanese company is trying to improve fuel economy while maintaining the class-leading performance of the STI, so local engineers are working on a new powertrain. Beside a revised version of the turbocharged 2.0-liter boxer engine, there will also be an electric motor.

On top of that, engineers from Subaru are also working on a new four-wheel-drive system using a “motor-drive” on the rear axle.

Regarding the power, no figures have been given so far, but what we know is that it will be transmitted to the wheels via a new dual-clutch six-speed automated manual gearbox. Because of these new features, the vehicle should achieve fuel economy figures revolving somewhere around 6.5 liters per 100 kilometers (36.2 mpg).

According to Motoring, Subaru is also testing a plug-in hybrid version of the new STI, which could be shown at the 2018 Tokyo Motor Show.

If you are asking what’s all the fuss about this hybrid trend, you should know that Subaru has to keep pushing and make a lot of efforts to adhere to more strict U.S. emissions regulations, and that is why this new Subaru Global Platform has been configured to carry battery packs, electric motors and support hardware.

Even so, the Japanese company is expected to sell 600,000 units in North America by the end of 2015, which would mean an eight per cent rise over last year.

Hybrid Power for the Next Subaru WRX STI, Maybe
 

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Yep, good thing I'm getting a FoRS! Don't want to deal with the ticking time-bomb of an EJ257 engine or them following Mitsubishis route and turning the STI hybrid!
 

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Hybrid is not a bad word. If they put a motor dedicated to each rear wheel they would have instance rear torque vectoring. The could even draw power on the inside wheel for more resistance there and direct the power to assist in driving the outside. That is if they do independent motors.

Batteries and motors have come a long way in the last decade.
 

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Hybrid is not a bad word. If they put a motor dedicated to each rear wheel they would have instance rear torque vectoring. The could even draw power on the inside wheel for more resistance there and direct the power to assist in driving the outside. That is if they do independent motors.

Batteries and motors have come a long way in the last decade.
Very true, but what I'd be concerned with is the additional weight of the battery packs and motor(s).
 

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Very true, but what I'd be concerned with is the additional weight of the battery packs and motor(s).
Don't forget the loss of weight to do simpler FWD trans, no rear diff and no drive shaft. Good engineers should be able to move those sources of new weight around in the car in such a way that this get better front/rear weight balance.

Performance wise I see no better performance from hydrogen over hybrid though. Hydrogen just being a very clean generator to charge the batteries and the batteries then used to drive the motors. I know Honda had that lease on the Clarity in select markets, was not some super car, but was not made to be one either.
 

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The loss of those bits has NOTHING on the weight gain of the hybrid bits. Far offsets it.

Also, I highly suspect clickbait and BS rumors as news in this case anyways... especially as I think the first post of it came from Motoring.com.au...
 

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The loss of those bits has NOTHING on the weight gain of the hybrid bits. Far offsets it.

Also, I highly suspect clickbait and BS rumors as news in this case anyways... especially as I think the first post of it came from Motoring.com.au...
Too many of those typed of sources out there. Anything from NSEAvoice, Autoomobile, motoring.com.au and a few others are sketchy at best lol.
 

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Don't care what they do. Good riddance subaru
 

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Too many of those typed of sources out there. Anything from NSEAvoice, Autoomobile, motoring.com.au and a few others are sketchy at best lol.
Amen dude.
 

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More crazy WRX rumor reporting from a questionable source:

Subaru developing hybrid WRX STI with 326+ PS
Crazy is right. None of this is going to happen to the STI anytime soon. Subaru can continue to eek MPG out of their bread and butter vehicles (Impreza, Outback, Forester, WRX) while letting their performance flagship (STI) wreck the planet because their fleet average MPG will greatly outweigh the STI's MPG. And it's only a matter of time before Subaru releases an STI with a 2.0L DIT that hangs with modern performance 4cyl's, they're just waiting for STI sales to drop and justify the new motor/certification/marketing.
 

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I'd only want an electric motor to help power the car while waiting for the turbo/torque to kick in. MPG will be good enough by default in a 4 banger.
 

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I get 20 city and 30+ mpg from my 2015 WRX tuned to ~280 fly HP. I drive briskly so I'm ok with those numbers. Maybe I shouldn't be?? Overall Subie maybe low but I don't think this is that bad
 
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