Everyone expected to see a new version of the Impreza WRX by now. The Impreza in which it’s based has been updated and has addressed continued complaints about a dated interior and lagging fuel economy. As everyone else improves mileage with every passing year, it’s easy to get left be When the WRX first came forth, it wasn’t faced with much competition. Nowadays everyone is bringing something to the line that can compete in electronics, comfort, convenience, or efficiency if not all-out performance. Ford has more features, and Volkwagen has more va-va-voom factor. What Subaru has is a car that’s simply dated a few years behind. The 2015 WRX will no longer offer a 5-door vacation-ready hatchback option. The wheelbase stretched by an inch or so and it is expected to bump said luggage-toting capability to just over 12 cubic feet, also, allowing rear-seat passengers a bit more legroom. This 5-passenger performance sedan will return in the affordable Base trim, Premium and flagship Limited trims. All trims will once more sport that spiffy Subaru tradition, standard full-time AWD. Without a doubt, the most anticipated change for the 2015 WRX, is the more potent engine which is a 2.0-liter turbocharged horizontally opposed 4-cylinder. This engine loses a half-liter in cylinder size, but adds a few more horsepower and some more lb-ft of torque. Final power numbers from the unique flat 4 stand at 268 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque which is managed by the standard 6-speed manual transmission. A CVT that boasts steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters in a selection of 6- or 8-speed variants also debuts as part of this year’s changes for the WRX. In addition, the available CVT adds a new dimension to the AWD system. This option allows a bit more flexibility in maneuvering snow-covered roadways. Fuel economy, meantime, remains estimated at 19/25 mpg with the 6-speed stick shift. Standard safety equipment across the 2015 WRX lineup is expected to continue anchored by 4-wheel ABS brakes, front and rear head airbags, front side-mounted airbags, and traction and stability control. Also, daytime running lights and a remote antitheft alarm are to return to the lineup. The Premium and Limited continue to have their standard front fog/driving lights, and the Limited bears xenon HID headlights. The folks at Ford’s Mustang division or GM’s Camaro builders will not lose any sleep over this sporty little Subaru, it might just put a little more sizzle into the commute while allowing you to laugh at the weather.