The WRX and WRX STI aren’t the only Subaru Impreza models redone for the 2011 model year. Along with those sporty variants, Subaru has also redone the Japan-exclusive, automatic-equipped WRX STI A-Line model.
Yes, the STI can be optioned with a five-speed automatic transmission, just not in the U.S. The new bodywork makes its way to the A-Line with at least one major exception: the giant wing on the four-door STI is gone.
Like that STI, though, the A-Line model gets a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive. Tan leather seats are an option, as are special 18-inch BBS wheels.
Subaru has been steadily moving toward the mainstream and increasing sales in the process. Would a WRX STI A-Line make a good addition to the U.S. lineup? Or would you rather see something like the Exiga (pictured above) challenge seven-passenger crossovers and minivans in the U.S. in place of the seven-passenger-only Tribeca?
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Source: Subaru Japan