The WRX hatch is a conundrum. When the WRX was first released, it wasn't a hatchback. It came as a sedan or a wagon, with the sedan being the obviously more popular version. The 2008-model WRX became available as a true hatch and a sedan. And what's amazing is that there was suddenly a cult of WRX hatch fans, like a sleeper cell that had just been waiting to be unleashed.
While it sold well, the current WRX and WRX STI are only available as sedans, a sure indicator at which body style of the car sold best. Thing is, you can't get people to stop asking for a WRX hatch again. The Impreza, the car the WRX is based on, comes as a hatch, so why can't the WRX? It's long, complicated, and, frankly, boring, but it has a lot to do with the cost of certifying the body style for crash standards and then looking at recouping those costs. Obviously, Subaru doesn't think it's worth it.
And now the company is taunting us.
At the , Subaru will show off the Impreza STI Concept. It's based on an Impreza Sport hatch and has a bunch of STI badges and appearance pieces, including a rad center-exit exhaust, but it doesn't seem to have anything in the way of performance upgrades. For instance, if it were turbocharged, we'd expect that it'd have . It doesn't have a hood scoop.
It looks nice and all, but all it's going to do is incense WRX hatch fans that still don't understand why they can't have a hatchback version of their favorite rally car.