At the same time, a WRX hatchback still isn't in the cards.
Ever since the Subaru XV was launched back in 2012, many felt that it needed more power. That’s pretty much the case with just about any non-WRX/WRX STI Subaru, including the BRZ. Still, the idea of an XV powered by a turbocharged version of its 2.0-liter Boxer four banger sounds solid. At the moment it produces 148 hp, which is decent for the XV’s intended purpose. But decent isn’t always good enough. So why not take give the XV the WRX treatment by adding a twin-scroll turbocharger and direct injection for a total of 268 hp?
Good question. But although technically possible, it won’t happen. That’s according to the deputy manager of Subaru’s engineering department, Yoichi Hori. In a conversation with CarAdvice, Hori stated that "technically we can install the 2.0-liter turbo to the XV model. But for marketing reasons, we have a WRX and STI – so if we sold the 2.0T for the XV, it’s very close to the WRX." Translation: the pricing gap would be too close. Hori did leave open the possibility of a turbo XV if enough buyers want it on a global scale. But Subaru isn’t even producing a hatchback variant of the current WRX yet. We’d definitely like to see that happen first.