The all-new Levorg may not be officially out yet, but that did not stop Subaru from revealing a prototype of the next-generation wagon. In fact, the automaker actually revealed it in the metal at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show just a few months ago.
However, it looks like Subaru is not yet done showing off the second generation Levorg. At this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon, the automaker will be showcasing a dressed-up version of the wagon. Set to make its public debut soon is the Subaru Levorg STI Sport Prototype.
Now while some of you might think this is already a preview of a full-blown STI wagon, do remember that this has the ‘Sport’ name in it. This means that this could only come with aesthetic (and minor chassis) upgrades here and there. Regardless, it looks like the Levorg will get a more aggressive bodykit, as well as a new set of alloy wheels. In addition, the spruced-up Levorg will also come with the signature ‘STI’ badge placed on the tailgate.
Aside from a more dashing exterior, the STI Sport may also come with a new exhaust system and a revised suspension system for improved handling. A bigger set of brakes might also be part of the package for better stopping power.
Like the prototype, the STI Sport version also comes with a 1.8-liter turbocharged Boxer engine. Subaru has yet to state its output rating but we estimate it will produce around 190 PS and over 250 Nm of torque. Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, as well as Lineatronic CVT might also be available for the new Levorg STI Sport.
With Subaru already busy making an STI Sport version of the wagon, does this mean Subaru will eventually build a proper STI variant of the Levorg? Perhaps, as the automaker did make a 300 PS version dubbed the Levorg V-Sport. Instead of just having 268 PS with 350 Nm, Subaru bumped up the 2.0-liter turbo Boxer to produce 300 PS and 400 Nm of torque, making it similar to the WRX STI’s output figures.
But until Subaru makes it official, it looks like the Subaru Levorg STI Sport Prototype will have to do. Get to see it in the metal at the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon this January 10 - January 12 at the Makuhai Messe in Chiba, Japan.