Sorry to disappoint you, again.
Christmas came early this year for fans of the Subaru WRX when a leaked photo of the next-generation car's high-tech new interior emerged on the internet. Not only did this photo show off the new WRX's much-improved cabin, but it also gave enthusiasts hope that the new model is not far off from a reveal. Well, you may want to temper your expectations on that timeline.
According to the Japanese magazine Best Car, Subaru's product reveals schedule is still further out than some might have hoped. The Japanese outlet claims the next-generation WRX S4 won't arrive until August 2021, meaning it may not come stateside until the 2022 model year.
Expect this new WRX to look like a sedan version of the recently-revealed Subaru Levorg station wagon, but with more aggressive styling. Under the hood, power should come from an upgraded 2.0-liter turbocharged flat-four, providing more torque lower in the rev range. The output is expected to jump from the current 268 horsepower figure to around 276-286 hp.
As for the next-generation Subaru WRX STI, it won't arrive until March 2022, according to the magazine. The more powerful STI should use the 2.4-liter FA24 turbo boxer-four found in models like the Ascent SUV, but tuned to produce far more power. Some rumors claim that power could jump from 305 hp to over 400 hp in the next-generation.
In 2022, Subaru also plans to reveal a production version of its mysterious electric SUV design study. This new EV model will be co-developed with Toyota, and could use the name 'Evoltis." As part of this same report, Best Car learned that Subaru plans to introduce a new 'STI Sport' trim level into its lineup. The STI Sport model would likely bundle the appearance of an STI model but without any performance upgrades. It is unclear if this new trim level would come to the US market since Subaru rarely sells those types of cars here.