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Subaru Confirms New Performance Concept For 2013 New York Auto Show

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Subaru will have two major debuts at next week’s 2013 New York Auto Show.

One of these has been confirmed as the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid (pictured below), the automaker’s first hybrid vehicle and the first to be powered by Subaru’s proprietary hybrid drive technology.

According to our sister site Green Car Reports, the car will still offer symmetrical all-wheel drive, and will most likely come with a continuously-variable transmission (CVT).

Of more interest to us is news of an “all-new” performance concept to join the XV Crosstrek Hybrid in New York.

No details on this new concept have been revealed, though many are suggesting that it will be a preview of the successor to the Subaru Impreza WRX. We say successor as the new WRX, test mules for which have already been spied, is expected to be a standalone model that will no longer resemble the Impreza, though the two cars are still expected to share a platform.

This new WRX is expected to be revealed at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show at the end of this year, before reaching showrooms early next.

At the same time, Subaru is also working on an enhanced STI version of its BRZ, though the concept’s “all-new” descriptor suggests it won’t be based on the popular rear-wheel-drive sports car.

We don’t have long to wait now as the 2013 New York Auto Show is just a week away. In the meantime, you can follow our up-to-the-minute coverage via our dedicated show hub.

Pictured above is the BRZ STI concept first unveiled in Los Angeles back in 2011. It was built to preview the then-new BRZ sports car as well as hint at possible performance upgrades that could be offered from official Subaru tuner STI.

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

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