Called Levorg STI Concept, the first show car is based on the Levorg station wagon that’s sold in a host of global markets including Europe, Australia, and Japan. Visually, the STI-massaged Levorg wears an eye-catching hue called WR blue pearl with red accents all around, and it looks more muscular than the regular-production wagon it’s based on thanks to a model-specific front fascia whose design is inspired by the WRX STI, a lowered suspension, and 18-inch BBS alloy wheels. The updates continue in the cabin with burgundy and black two-tone upholstery.
Dubbed XV STI Hybrid Concept, Subaru’s second show car features a sporty appearance with an orange and white paint job and a splitter integrated into the front bumper, and it offers a much more responsive ride thanks to STI-branded suspension and brake components. Sport seats upholstered in a combination of orange and beige wrap up the custom look.
Enthusiasts who trekked out to the Japanese capital hoping to see a WRX STI-powered Levorg and STI’s first hot-rodded hybrid were undoubtedly disappointed because no mechanical modifications have been made to the concepts. The Levorg is powered by a 2.0-liter flat-four borrowed from the WRX sedan, while the XV uses a gasoline-electric drivetrain made up of a 148-horsepower, 2.0-liter flat-four and an electric motor rated at about 13 horsepower. Both models are fitted with an automatic transmission and Subaru’s time-tested all-wheel drive system.
At the very least, the concepts suggest that STI’s transformation from an underused nameplate to a full-fledged performance-oriented sub-brand is under way, and Subaru has promised that more STI-tuned models will land in U.S. showrooms in the coming months.
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