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Subaru WRX Concept a New York Show Stopper

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Subaru just unveiled the WRX concept, previewing what to expect with the next in its line of rally-inspired all-wheel drive sport sedan.

Drivetrain details are disappointingly absent, but the Japanese brand did unveil a few key hints about the new car. Compared to the current car, it’s 2.3 inches shorter in overall length, 3.7 inches wider and 3.7 inches lower. That lower roof will help improve the car’s center of gravity, as will the carbon fiber it’s made of. The concept also gets a carbon fiber rear diffuser.

But the biggest story is how it looks – a lot like a Jaguar. Any semblance of the car’s boy racer roots will be thoroughly erased if the production car turns out looking anything like this.

Instead, a gaping grille, wide vents around the fog lights and swept back headlights give the car a more mature look.

It’s wide stance and strong character lines continue around the sides and over to the deck lid which is designed to act as a spoiler. While Subaru might be trying to take a more grown-up approach to the next generation WRX, it still couldn’t resist playing with a few neon accents.

The WRX badge built into the grille, the brake calipers and even the tips of the exhaust pipes all get fluorescent yellow finish.

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GALLERY: Subaru WRX concept

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GALLERY: Subaru WRX Concept

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