The new Subaru WRX has been officially unveiled at the LA Motor Show today.

Following on from the WRX concept shown earlier in the year, the new Subaru WRX continues with the company’s long tradition of using symmetrical four-wheel drive and horizontally-opposed ‘boxer’ engines.

The new WRX is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre boxer engine with direct injection producing 268bhp at 5,600rpm and 258lb/ft of torque from 2,000 to 5,200rpm, figures slightly increased on those of the old 2.5-litre unit used in the previous US-spec models.

The WRX uses a six-speed manual transmission as standard, with Subaru’s Sport Lineartronic CVT with eight-speed shifting mode offered as an option.  To ensure the Sport Lineartronic gearbox matches the WRX’s character, its shift response has been enhanced.

The company’s Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) and Active Torque Vectoring systems will also feature.

Subaru has stiffened the body structure through the use of ultra-high tensile steel, while the suspension has been tuned to provide quicker responses.

The wheelbase has been stretched by 25mm, passenger space improved, door openings enlarged and boot space increased.

Elsewhere in the cabin, higher quality materials have been selected with greater use of soft-touch materials together with carbon and metal trim highlights.

Other sporting touches include the flat-bottom steering wheel, the sports seats, the use of red lighting and red stitching, plus the multitude of WRX logos.

The new Subaru WRX will go on sale in the US and Japan in 2014.  Subaru UK say the new model’s arrival on these shores is currently ‘unconfirmed.’