The fifth-generation Subaru WRX, the cult high-horsepower four-wheel drive compact sedan that has mercilessly captivated the imaginations of those under 18 years of age since 1992, arrives with all-new cabin and body designs, and debuting both. its platform and as its turbocharged engine.
Subaru increased the displacement of its legendary four-cylinder turbocharged Boxer engine for the 2022 WRX from 2.0 to 2.4 liters, which translated into a minimum gain of 3 horsepower for a total of 271 horsepower. The new engine generates the same 258 pound-feet of torque as the unit it replaces.
The new engine may come mated to a six-speed manual transmission, and what the manufacturer refers to as the “Subaru Performance Transmission.” This second option consists of a continuously variable transmission controlled by a program that simulates the operation of an eight-speed quick-change automatic transmission, which can even be controlled by shift paddles on the steering wheel. According to Subaru, upshifts are 30% faster than before, while downshifts occur in half the time the previous unit used, and it features rev adjustability and three drive modes, one of which is completely manual. Not bad for a CVT!
Power is delivered to Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel drive system adapted to run on the manufacturer’s new Global Platform. The new architecture gives the WRX 2022 a stiffer chassis than before, a 28% increase in the vehicle’s torsional stiffness, 75% more stiffness at suspension mounting points, and a lower center of gravity. These enhancements allowed Subaru to install the rear stabilizer bar in the body instead of the subframe, and should enhance the WRX’s already memorable handling characteristics.
Since 2014 the WRX ceased to share its basic appearance with the Impreza line of vehicles with which it shares most of its fundamental mechanics. Still, this fifth generation looks familiar at first glance, following Subaru’s tradition of evolving and never revolutionizing its designs. Having said the above, we don’t think anyone is going to mistake it for the model it replaces.
The new 2022 WRX features newly designed LED headlights on the sides of its typical Subaru hexagonal grille, which has grown in size. The engine cover is crowned by the model’s characteristic air inlet, which for 2022 is wider and more prominent. At the rear, we see a newly designed optical assembly whose brightness seeks to replicate the appearance of volcanic magma. The new aluminum front fenders look prominent, but they help subtract five pounds from the vehicle’s overall weight.
The cockpit of the WRX 2022 features a completely new design dominated by an 11.6-inch infotainment screen that features compatibility with Apple CarPlay designs, Android Auto and standard Bluetooth connectivity, and with options including a Harman Kardon sound system from 11 speakers. The WRX features the suite of driver assistance systems EyeSight from Subaru, which includes systems such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist and Lane Departure Warning, among others.
With the WRX 2022 comes the new GT variant (the white model in the images) available only with the CVT transmission, and a suspension with electronically controlled dampers. This suspension has three settings: Comfort, Normal and Sport, and combined with a new selection of vehicle drive mode, and transmission modes, it gives drivers 430 different customization options. The GT trim features Recaro seats, with eight-way electronic driver adjustments, wrapped in black Ultrasuede with red stitching, and signature 18-inch matte gray wheels. Regular versions offer 17-inch or 18-inch alloy wheels.
Subaru did not provide pricing information for the new 2022 WRX, but we expect its starting price not to differ much from the $ 27,000 Subaru is asking for the current model. We can only confirm this when the new 2022 Subaru WRX hits showrooms next summer.