LOS ANGELES -- When the redesigned Subaru WRX strikes off on its own as a separate nameplate next spring, it will be longer and roomier, with a sportier look.
The 2015 WRX has a new 268-hp, 2.0-liter direct-injection turbo boxer engine and a six-speed manual transmission. A continuously variable automatic transmission is optional.
The WRX now is a sporty trim line of the Impreza.
The 2015 model goes on sale March 15 in the United States. It will be offered only as a sedan; the five-door is being discontinued.
The 2015 model sits on a modified Impreza platform and has a redesigned body. Subaru said the hood, front fenders, rear doors and quarters, bumpers, headlights and taillight clusters are unique to the 2015 WRX. It has a stiffer chassis and beefier brakes.
Inside, Subaru said it used improved soft-touch materials throughout for a more premium feel. Optional is a 440-watt, nine-speaker premium audio system. The flat-bottom leather-wrapped steering wheel has switches for audio and Bluetooth controls.
New LED low-beam headlights and halogen lights are optional. But 17-inch wheels are standard.