One of the most interesting cars at the recent Tokyo motor show was the Subaru Levorg wagon concept, which is already on the radar for Australia when the production version is built -- expected to be later next year and appear as a 2015 model.
And it seems we might see other versions rolling off the line, with Subaru planning to unveil a performance-focused STI version at the Tokyo Auto Salon in January. The Levorg concept at the recent show will offer the choice of a 125kW/250Nm 1.6-litre or a 200kW/350Nm 2.0-litre boxer four-cylinder engines -- the latter borrowed from the new WRX sedan and Forester XT.
However, as with the WRX STI that will be unveiled at Detroit show in January -- around the same time as the Tokyo Auto Salon on the other side of the Pacific -- the Levorg STI is likely to up the ante of the 2.0-litre's outputs, with power figures close to 230kW being mentioned. It also gets sportier underpinnings and helpers, including a tweaked suspension, unique flexible tower bar and rear roof spoiler.
And it won't be alone on the Auto Salon stand, being just one of five Levorg concepts headed for the event. Its siblings include Subaru's Levorg Premium Sports, and three other cars that are showcases for aftermarket brands: the Levorg Syms, Levorg Prova and Levorg Corazon Sportier.
Subaru Australia has put its hand up for regular versions of the oddly-named Levorg wagon, though there’s no word yet on whether it will be offered locally. If it is, the car would likely be seen as a wagon body version of the Impreza, filling the gap between the small hatchback and the larger Liberty models.
They'll be accompanied by the BRZ tS that will be unveiled as an entrant for the Nurburgring 24 Hour race.