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Is this the new Subaru WRX? New renders of incoming performance icon emerge

New renders of the Subaru WRX have emerged. (image credit: Kolesa)

These images might be our most accurate glimpse yet of the incoming Subaru WRX, with these fresh renders of the Japanese performance hero based on a set of spy-shots that captured the all-new Rex in action.

First published by Kolesa, these artist impressions use a Subaru Levorg as a design starting point - which is exactly what we expect the new WRX to do, too.

We'll know for sure soon enough, with the new WRX expected to be revealed in Japan in August. CarsGuide understands Subaru is targeting a Q4 launch in Australia, though the madness of the pandemic could see that date pushed into Q1 next year.

Reports point to the new WRX - which will share a whole heap of its important bits with the Subaru Levorg - riding on the new Subaru Global Platform.

The 2.0-litre turbo will be gone, replaced by the brand's bigger 2.4-litre turbo used in the American-spec Ascent SUV.

We're expecting that powertrain to produce a maximum 215kW, though lesser tunes could also be available. That's considerably more, of course, than the outgoing 'Rex, which was good for 197kW.