The next WRX STI could be a hybrid, as strict emissions regulations are forcing Subaru to rethink its sport-compact cars.
“CO2 emissions are becoming increasingly important and the current 2.5-litre, four-cylinder Boxer engine with turbo can simply not exist in the future,” David Dello Stritto, Subaru’s sales and marketing head in Europe, told Dutch website AutoRAI.
A downsized engine might be an option, but it’s very likely the WRX STI might disappear from the European market altogether until Subaru potentially transitions to the rumoured hybrid powertrain. Subaru presented the Viziv Performance concept at the recent Tokyo Motor Show, which is said to forecast the WRX STI’s future with a more powerful hybrid powertrain, but it’s not set in stone just yet.
It’s unclear whether the WRX will be hybrid-ized, and rest assured, the North American-spec WRX STI won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. We just hope Subaru’s future holds a WRX STI of some sort for the enthusiast.