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Subaru tickles us ahead of WRX 2022 unveiling

The Subaru WRX and WRX STi have been part of the brand’s history for a long time. Nevertheless, the new generation of this sporty compact is long overdue, especially since the Impreza on which it is normally based was renewed in 2017 without a significant change being made to its more efficient counterparts. But Subaru has just released a blackened image that confirms that the new generation is about to be unveiled.

This image does not reveal any crisp details, except that the typical air intake on the hood remains present and that a sedan version will be offered, like the current car. Otherwise, the manufacturer confirms that the car will be launched this year, without however specifying the time, by inviting us to stay tuned for more details. We do know, however, that the North American WRX should take inspiration from the Levorg destined for Japan.

This does not prevent the rumor machine from making its own. In all likelihood, the WRX’s 2.0-liter 4-cylinder would be replaced by the 2.4-liter turbo 4-cylinder that arrived in 2019 in the Ascent three-row SUV. This machine offers in the SUV a power of 260 horsepower and a torque of 277 pound-feet, which is close to the current data of the 2.0-liter. Indeed, it is less powerful by 8 horsepower, but offers 19 lb-ft of torque more.

The WRX STI should use the same engine but with increased power. The more optimistic are hoping for 400 horsepower and more than 350 lb-ft of torque, but we would have to wait for confirmation before rejoicing.

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All versions will still be offered with a 6-speed manual transmission, while the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) will be optional on the WRX.

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For the rest, the performance compact should pass on the architecture “Subaru Global Platform” currently used for all new products of the brand. We should also expect a leap in on-board technologies with the integration of an 11.6-inch infotainment screen – like the Outback – but also the addition of digital instrumentation. of 12.3 inches, which would be a first for the manufacturer on North American soil.

Stay tuned for all the details on the new Subaru WRX, as the automaker unveils them.

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