Without spilling all the tea on what the company has planned for its iconic small car lines, Subaru Australia managing director Blair Read said we can expect special editions to come next year.
“You’d want to celebrate 30 years of WRX [and Impreza] in a fitting way,” Mr Read said.
When asked if we can expect special editions or new variants with commemorative themes, Mr Read added “I think it’d be safe to expect that”.
It appears the main focus will be on the WRX Sedan and Sportswagon, the latter still known in Japan as the Levorg.
While Mr Read was fairly coy about the details, we could see something along the lines of the Japanese-market Levorg STI Sport# Edition pictured above, which is as close to a WRX STI as you’re going to get these days.
The Levorg STI Sport# Edition is headlined by 19-inch BBS alloy wheels shod in Michelin Pilot Sport 5 tyres, front and rear stiffener bars, a performance transmission cooler, Recaro sports seats with STI logos, and a smattering of STI badges throughout the exterior and interior.
You’ll also notice a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster that’s available across the Japanese-market WRX and Levorg range, but not currently offered in Australia.
Despite the assortment of STI enhancements, the Levorg special retains the 202kW (275PS) 2.4-litre turbo Boxer four powering the WRX range in Australia, though the Japanese market gets a beefier 375Nm torque tune compared to the 350Nm developed by local models.
The Impreza hatchback and WRX Sedan (known in Japan as the WRX S4) don’t currently have special edition models available in the home market, but previous form from Subaru’s local arm points to similar treatments for the expected anniversary specials.
In March Subaru Australia announced the Impreza S-Edition to see off the outgoing generation, which receives a range of genuine Subaru and STI accessories for a sportier look but no bump in performance.
It’s a similar story for the recently released WRX 50 Years Edition, which commemorates 50 years of the Subaru brand in Australia, and builds on the base variant’s specification with blacked-out exterior elements, suede upholstery accents and contrast blue stitching throughout the interior.
The WRX Sportswagon also gets a similar 50 Years treatment, alongside commemorative versions of the popular Forester and Outback SUVs – read more here.
The latest Subaru WRX range launched in Australia in 2022, while the related Impreza hatchback (the sedan is dead for this new generation) won’t arrive until the latter stages of 2023 – Mr Read has confirmed fourth quarter, indicating some time between October and December.
Further details around powertrain line-up – including the potential for an Australia-first e-Boxer Hybrid – and specifications are still to be confirmed for Australia.
Meanwhile, the WRX Sedan is priced from $45,990 before on-road costs for the base WRX AWD manual, and tops out at $57,990 plus on-roads for the tS AWD automatic flagship. The WRX Sportswagon commands a $1000 premium over the equivalent WRX Sedan.
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