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Impreza WRX returns with 202kW of power. Picture: SUPPLIED
Impreza WRX returns with 202kW of power. Picture: SUPPLIED

The Subaru WRX is back. For 2022, the rally-bred machine is a wide-body design that offers the usual look of aggression through a new hexagonal grille, compact LED headlights, a broad front hood scoop and a low-profile rear spoiler in matching body colour. The rear taillights are designed to glow with a look reminiscent of volcanic magma. 

Built on the Subaru Global Platform which reduces the overall vehicle weight, the new WRX benefits from increased chassis stiffness and a lower centre of gravity for even better cornering prowess.

This time it’s powered by a 2.4l turbocharged boxer four-cylinder with 202kW - a 5kW increase - while torque stays at 350Nm. There is less turbo lag while torque delivery is spread wider. 

The car can be paired with a six-speed manual with improved shift quality or a new eight-speed automatic transmission called Subaru Performance Transmission when ordered in new top-of-the-line GT trim.

This new transmission is said to offer up to 30% faster upshifts and 50% faster downshifts, with rev-matching  adaptive shift control and a manual mode using steering wheel paddle shifters.  
The sports sedan continues to be underpinned by the company’s symmetrical all-wheel drive with active torque vectoring. The GT-line trim also brings electronically controlled dampers with Comfort, Normal, and Sport settings.

Optimised front suspension geometry, a new dual-pinion electric power steering system and 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels with four-wheel ventilated disc brakes promise better dynamic performance and ride comfort.

It also gets a host of new convenience and safety tech such as a new tablet-style high-definition 29.4cm information display and Subaru’s EyeSight driver assist technology.

A black interior has contrast red stitching and carbon fibre pattern accents, a flat-bottom, leather-wrapped steering with multifunctions, voice recognition, and 60/40-split fold-down rear, smartphone integration with Apple Carplay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, audio streaming, and rear vision camera.

The new GT trim adds also Recaro seats, exclusive 18-inch aluminium alloy wheels in matt grey and the latest EyeSight radar system with advanced adaptive cruise control with smoother lane centring and a wider view for detecting pedestrians while turning. This pre-collision braking system will assist drivers with steering control to help avoid a collision at speeds under 80km/h.  

The new Subaru WRX is expected in SA in mid-2022 at a price and specification that’s yet to be confirmed. A station wagon variant is also being considered for introduction while the more powerful STI version will follow in 2023.  

A large touch screen interface dominates the black interior while it can be had in manual or automatic guise. Pic: SUPPLIED
A large touch screen interface dominates the black interior while it can be had in manual or automatic guise. Pic: SUPPLIED

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