After a flurry of redesigned and new product in the past two years, the pace of fresh metal from Subaru will slow down.
This year's additions to the brand's global platform were the redesigned Legacy and redesigned Outback, both of which are starting to arrive at retailers now. Those models follow the Crosstrek Hybrid, Forester compact crossover and Ascent three-row crossover.
Crossovers have been driving Subaru's sales growth in the U.S., but the automaker hasn't forgotten its performance heritage, either. Joining the lineup this year, in a small batch, is the STI S209, a track-focused variant of the WRX STI.
With the crossover lineup fresh from subcompact to large, Subaru's product focus shifts to performance and electrification. The performance duo of the WRX and WRX STI are the next models to be redesigned onto the global platform, while a joint development with Toyota will produce an electric vehicle.
BRZ: Toyota and Subaru are working on a next-generation 86/BRZ that will sport a new 2.4-liter boxer engine. It's expected in late 2021.
Subaru is also bringing back the limited-run BRZ tS for the 2020 model year, after skipping the 2019 model year. All 300 units will have a white exterior with a Cherry Blossom Red accent along the grille and rear bumper cover.
Performance upgrades include STI front and rear dampers and coil springs, Brembo brakes, 18-inch wheels, sport tires and a low-profile rear spoiler.
Impreza: As the first nameplate to be redesigned onto the global platform, the compact sedan and hatchback will now be the first to be freshened, planned for the 2020 model year and on sale late this year or early next. The Impreza will get a touched-up face, and given the pattern Subaru has been following with freshenings and redesigns, the brand's EyeSight safety technology likely becomes standard equipment on models that carry a continuously variable transmission. A redesign would follow in 2022.
WRX/WRX STI: The performance nameplates will be redesigned at the end of the automaker's global platform rollout, likely debuting in late 2020 or early 2021 for the 2022 model year.
Subaru also plans to sell a model from its Subaru Tecnica International S performance line with the STI S209. The S209 has a 341-hp engine, a wide-body exterior treatment, front, rear and side spoilers, a carbon-fiber roof panel, 19-inch wheels and Brembo brakes. Subaru intends to build just 200 units, all of which will be sold in the U.S. They are set to arrive next month.
Legacy: The midsize sedan was redesigned for the 2020 model year. Subaru's oldest nameplate, now in its seventh generation, is offered with a turbocharged engine — a 2.4-liter borrowed from the Ascent three-row crossover. Subaru also added a Touring trim line to the top of the Legacy range, with the Touring XT model, as the automaker looks for near-luxury buyers.