The redesigned Subaru WRX range will open at $44,990 before on-road costs, up $4000 on the outgoing model.
Pricing and indicative specifications have been published on the Subaru website for the range, which once again includes a wagon body style.
Subaru says a launch is imminent, though hasn’t provided specific timing. It previously confirmed a launch for the second quarter of 2022.
As previously reported, there won’t be an STI joining the range.
Only the sedan will offer the option of a manual but, as with the redesigned BRZ, Subaru has opted to make its full suite of active safety and driver assist features standard on automatic models.
While the manual models still get blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, only the automatic models offer features like autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist and adaptive cruise control.
Shifting to the new Subaru Global Platform, the new WRX features a stiffer body and a new engine.
It’s a turbocharged 2.4-litre Boxer four-cylinder, producing 202kW of power and 350Nm of torque.
Power is up only 5kW on the old WRX and torque is unchanged, despite the increase in displacement from 2.0-litres.
However, said torque comes on song between 2000 and 5200rpm, which means it’s available 400rpm earlier and hangs around 200rpm longer.
The new WRX Sportswagon replaces powered-up versions of the old Levorg, a nameplate that survives in Japan.
It’s the first time the WRX has been offered in a more practical body style since it was spun off from the Impreza, though the first two generations of Impreza WRX were offered in a wagon-like body style and the third generation came as a hatch.
- 2022 Subaru WRX manual: $44,990
- 2022 Subaru WRX auto: $48,990
- 2022 Subaru WRX RS manual: $50,490
- 2022 Subaru WRX RS auto: $54,490
- 2022 Subaru WRX tS auto: $56,990
- 2022 Subaru WRX: $49,990
- 2022 Subaru WRX GT: $55,490
- 2022 Subaru WRX tS: $57,990
All prices exclude on-road costs.
The 2022 Subaru WRX is powered by a 2.4-litre turbocharged flat-four engine producing 202kW of power at 5600rpm and 350Nm of torque between 2000 and 5200rpm.
It’s mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or a continuously-variable transmission (CVT), however the latter is the only choice for Sportswagon models.
Power is sent to all four wheels through an all-wheel drive system with active torque vectoring.
The 2022 Subaru WRX uses 8.5L/100km on the combined cycle when equipped with the CVT and 9.9L/100km with the manual.
The WRX requires 95 RON premium unleaded fuel and has a 63L fuel tank.
The 2022 Subaru WRX sedan measures 4670mm long, 1825mm wide and 1465mm tall on a 2675mm wheelbase.
It has 414L of boot space in base trim and 411L in the RS and tS.
The 2022 Subaru WRX Sportswagon measures 4755mm long, 1795mm wide and 1500mm tall on a 2670mm wheelbase.
There’s 492L of cargo space, expanding to 909L with the rear seats folded. Total volume with the second row folded is 1430L if measured to the roof.
Under the boot floor of all models is a 17-inch space-saver wheel.
Sedans have 135mm of ground clearance, Sportswagons have 140mm.
All WRX models are backed by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty.
Subaru offers five years of capped-price servicing, with intervals of 12 months or 15,000km.
The first five services are capped at $355.23, $481.65, $429.39, $736.22 and $363.25 on all automatic models.
Manual models have the same service prices except for the 48-month/60,000km service, which is priced at $803.54.
The Subaru WRX has yet to be tested by ANCAP.
Manual models miss out on a glut of safety equipment restricted to CVT-equipped variants.
All WRX models come standard with the following safety equipment:
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Front, front-side and curtain airbags
- Driver’s knee airbag and front passenger seat cushion
The RS adds driver attention monitoring, while all auto models include:
- Autonomous emergency braking (forward and reverse)
- Adaptive cruise control
- Emergency lane-keep assist
- Lane-keep assist with lane centring
- Leading vehicle departure alert
- Autonomous emergency steering
- Intelligent speed limiter
- Traffic sign recognition
- Automatic high-beam
Standard equipment on the base WRX includes:
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Automatic LED Steering Responsive Headlights
- Intelligent, Sport and Sport Sharp drive modes
- 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- DAB+ digital radio
- 4.2-inch instrument cluster screen
- Six-speaker sound system
- Cloth upholstery
- Keyless entry and start
- Dual-zone climate control
- Split-fold rear seats (60/40 in sedan, 40/20/40 in Sportswagon)
- Rain-sensing wipers
- Power-folding exterior mirrors
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
- Tyre pressure monitoring
- Electronic parking brake with auto hold (auto models)
- Paddle shifters (auto models)
- Automatic stop-start (auto models)
The base Sportswagon also includes:
- Reclining and one-touch electronic folding rear seats
- Dual rear charge ports
- Ambient lighting
GT and RS models add:
- Satellite navigation
- CD player
- Ultrasuede (sedan) or leather (Sportswagon) upholstery
- Heated front seats
- Heated rear outboard seats
- Eight-way power driver seat
- Electric driver lumbar support
- Eight-way power passenger seat
- Heated, power-folding exterior mirrors with auto-dipping (auto models only)
- Ambient lighting
- LED puddle lights
- Dual rear charge ports
- Front and side view monitors
- Driver Monitoring System
- EyeSight Assist Monitor (auto only)
Only the RS gets a 10-speaker Harmon Kardon sound system, while only the GT Sportswagon gets a hands-free power tailgate and driver seat memory.
tS models also include:
- Electronically controlled dampers
- Comfort, Normal, Sport, Sport+ and Individual drive modes
- Ultrasuede upholstery
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