We're really excited about first model and sort of excited about the second.
Earlier this month, Subaru teased a new Wilderness model, which has since been confirmed as the Forester Wilderness. We're also eagerly awaiting the arrival of the 2022 WRX, which we were told would be unveiled at the New York International Auto Show. Unfortunately, the NYIAS had to be canceled earlier this month due to the rapid spread of a new COVID-19 variant. However, while the likes of Hyundai with its Elantra N have decided to go ahead with the reveal of new offerings as scheduled but in an online format, Subaru has taken a different approach and has elected to delay the debut of the WRX and the Forester Wilderness.
According to a spokesperson who gave a statement to Car Scoops, Subaru has "not confirmed when information about WRX or the next Wilderness model will be released due to the cancellation of NYIAS." This is a pity, as Subaru's teaser campaigns for both cars have revealed very little. Of course, the rumor mill is happy to try to fill in the gaps, and the latest is that the WRX may use a 2.4-liter turbocharged flat-four producing somewhere around 296 horsepower - and that's before there's any official speak of a hotter STI version. Another rumor is that the new WRX will be shown at a BRZ drive event next week, so fingers crossed that this happens.
As for the new Wilderness model, we know that this will be a new version of the Subaru Forester since the EPA revealed its consumption figures. With a 2.5-liter four-pot under the hood and a bunch of off-roading enhancements, the Wilderness variant is said to return 25 mpg on the city cycle and 28 mpg on the highway cycle. That means that the Forester Wilderness will be thirstier than the regular model, which achieves figures of 26 and 33 mpg on the same respective cycles.
If the cancellation of the NYIAS is the only reason that Subaru is delaying these new offerings, we should learn more very soon.