We'll get our fist look at the new WRX later this year.
The Subaru WRX, having been on sale in the US since 2014, is starting to show its age. Happily, the all-new model is just around the corner. Subaru will lift the wraps off the next-generation 2022 WRX later this year, and we're hoping to see some significant improvements.
While the Japanese automaker has previewed the new rally-inspired sports sedan in a shadowy teaser image, Japan's Goo-Net has uncovered the technical details ahead of the official debut. According to the publication, the WRX and its STI sibling will use a 2.4-liter four-cylinder boxer engine replacing the current model's ancient EJ25 engine.
This is the same unit that powers the Outback Onyx Edition XT. In the new Outback, Subaru's 2.4-liter unit generates 260 hp, but it will reportedly be boosted to 296 hp in the WRX and 345 hp in the STI. This is disappointing as previous rumors have claimed the STI will have as much as 400 hp on tap. Nevertheless, this is still a welcome boost over the current WRX. For reference, the 2.0-liter turbo flat-four you get in the WRX pumps out 268 hp, while the STI's 2.5-liter flat-four turbo is rated at 310 hp.
As standard, the new WRX will be fitted with a CVT transmission, while the STI will only be offered with a six-speed manual. Naturally, both transmissions will send power to all four wheels.
Like the new Outback, the next-generation WRX will ride on Subaru's Global Platform that will increase the sports car's agility, reduce cabin noise, and improve comfort. The Japanese publication also claims the new WRX and STI will mark the end of an era at Subaru as they will reportedly be the Japanese automaker's final models without electrification.
Future versions of the WRX and STI will most likely be hybrids as Subaru aims to increase its global sales of electrified vehicles to 40 percent by 2030. Subaru hasn't confirmed when the new WRX will debut, but we're expecting it to make an appearance at the LA Auto Show in November.