You probably remember a previous report quoting Subaru WRX project general manager Masuo Takatsu as saying that the Japanese automaker is considering a hatchback version for the 2015 WRX.
“We have received strong interest from the U.S., where the hatchback was 50 per cent of previous-generation WRX sales, so we’re now considering,” Takatsu told Australia’s Motoring website. Well, it appears that Subaru of America was surprised to hear about a five-door WRX and asked the company’s Japan headquarters for more information.
Sadly for WRX fans, Subaru USA learned that the automaker is not considering a WRX hatchback, according to a source cited by Motor Trend.
The 2015 Subaru WRX and WRX STI debuted as sedans only, which is quite strange given that sales of WRX sedans and hatchbacks traditionally have been evenly split in the U.S. in recent years. While Subaru says it is too expensive to develop both models, many see the automaker as turning its back on half its customers.
So what are we to make of the earlier report confirming the WRX hatchback? We should forget about it, as the new report assumes some sort of mistranslation or misinterpretation was to blame for the confusion.
By Dan Mihalascu