2022 Subaru WRX Will Keep The Manual Gearbox Alive

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But we still don't know when it will arrive.

While the likes of Travis Pastrana have been doing their best to keep interest in the Subaru WRX alive through wild stunts and new hill climb records, the automaker itself has been pretty quiet. We got a teaser of the 2022 model in a Facebook video last month, showing a new WRX sliding about in the desert and we expected to see another teaser or two before the sedan was revealed at the New York International Auto Show later this month, but now that the show has been canceled, Subaru has had to delay the WRX and the Forester Wilderness reveals. In the meantime though, there is indeed another teaser for us that reveals one big detail. The WRX will have a manual gearbox.

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While the teaser video seems largely similar to the video we saw last month, we get a few better glimpses of the new WRX, albeit not in very much detail. In addition to seeing a manual shifter - and a mechanical handbrake - we also get a clearer view of the car wearing red paint. This will likely be the launch color, as the hero color of the WRX has always been red, while the WRX STI typically debuts in blue.

The manual gearbox will likely be supplemented by an available CVT transmission carried over from the last model, and, of course, the brand's Symmetrical AWD will feature, too.

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According to reports, both the WRX and its hotter STI sibling will get a turbocharged 2.4-liter flat-four. The video shows us a glimpse of the driver approaching redline, which is disappointingly lower than the outgoing model's limit. Previously, WRX drivers could rev out to 6,700 rpm, but this new motor appears to have a redline of a tick more than 6k.

It seems that this will be a retuned version of the engine found in the Subaru Outback's XT trims, where it produces 260 horsepower. In the WRX, we expect to see close to 300 hp while the STI will likely arrive later with 345 hp. This is expected to be the last time that a new WRX comes without hybrid assistance, as future models need to help Subaru achieve its goal of increasing electrified vehicles sales to 40% by the end of the decade.

There's no official date of reveal now, with Subaru only promising it's "coming soon."

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