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You can buy or order your 2020 Subaru WRX and STi now at Planet Subaru.

Subaru builds its "volume models," such as Forester and Outback, on a five year product cycle, which means they predictably introduce an all-new model every five years.  In the fourth year of that cycle, they undertake a "BMC," a humorous acronym for Big Minor Change.  This refresh usually includes cost-effective changes that keep the vehicle contemporary, such as suspension settings, bumper and taillight redesign, and infotainment upgrades. 

However, on the "boutique" vehicles, such as WRX and STi, Subaru undertakes redesigns less frequently--every six, seven, or even eight years.  The first generation WRX lasted six years (2002 through 2007) and the second generation went seven years (2008 through 2014).  Subaru introduced the current generation for 2015, and refreshed the car for 2018. (And just to get it out of the way, we know many enthusiasts clamor for a return of the hatchback, but we don't know when or if it will return.)

The automotive press is reporting that Subaru will introduce an all-new WRX and STi for the 2021 model year late in the calendar year 2020. 


Limited production run of 500 WRX and 500 WRX STI

  • Exclusive Ceramic White exterior paint
  • Matte bronze wheels: 18-inch (WRX), 19-inch forged BBS® (WRX STI)
  • Michelin® Pilot® Sport Cup 2 tires (WRX STI)
  • High-performance Bilstein® sport-tuned suspension
  • Brembo® brakes with red (WRX) or silver calipers (WRX STI)

The Series.White, available exclusively in Ceramic White exterior paint with matte bronze wheels, is limited in production to 500 WRX and 500 WRX STI vehicles. Both models will begin arriving at Subaru retailers early next year.

The WRX Series.White, the highest-performance WRX ever sold in the U.S. market, is based on the 268-horsepower WRX Premium with 6-speed manual transmission and includes the Performance Package with Ultrasuede-trimmed Recaro seats, 8-way power driver's seat, moonroof delete and Brembo braking system with red calipers (4-piston front, 2-piston rear). New for WRX, a high-performance Bilstein sport-tuned suspension featuring Bilstein dampers for the front inverted struts and rear double wishbones is standard on the Series.White. Additional standard equipment includes LED Steering Responsive Headlights, LED fog lights, Keyless Access with Push-Button Start, Crystal Black Silica foldable exterior mirrors and side badging and new matte black rear badging. The WRX Series.White is priced at $33,995, not including a $900 Destination and Delivery charge.

The limited-production WRX STI Series.White carries over the 310-horsepower 2.5-liter turbocharged BOXER engine, Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Active Torque Vectoring, but ups the ante with new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires that, in conjunction with a Bilstein STI sport-tuned suspension, provide higher levels of grip and performance. To improve steering response and feel, the WRX STI Series.White receives heavy-duty steering rack mounts that provide increased rigidity between the steering rack and vehicle body. Monoblock Brembo brake calipers (6-piston front, 2-piston rear), in silver finish with black STI logo, once again deliver high-performance stopping power. In place of a temporary spare tire, the WRX STI Series.White receives a tire repair kit to reduce weight. Inside, the special-edition STI features black Ultrasuede with Carbon Black leather bolster and leather-wrapped steering wheel with red stitching. Highlighting the exterior are 19-inch matte bronze BBS forged alloy wheels, Crystal Black Silica foldable exterior mirrors and side badging, new matte black rear badging and a restyled mesh grille with STI badge and cherry blossom red accent. The limited edition also includes Recaro seats with 8-way power driver's seat. The WRX STI Series.White is priced at $42,695, not including a $900 Destination and Delivery charge.

The other 2020 Models:

With its 268-hp, 2.0-liter direct injection turbocharged BOXER engine, Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Active Torque Vectoring, the WRX is a performance and value leader in the AWD sport-compact segment. The WRX comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission and offers an optional performance automatic transmission, the Sport Lineartronic® CVT (continuously variable transmission) with 6-speed manual shift mode. The WRX is nicely equipped with standard features including remote keyless entry, automatic climate control, Incline Start Assist, 5.9-in multi-function LCD, Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control, aluminum alloy pedal covers (including driver's foot rest), dual USB ports, rear vision camera and power door locks, side mirrors and windows. At $27,495, pricing on the 2020 WRX begins at just $300 more than last model year.

Engineered to enrich the performance-driving experience, the 2020 WRX offers the option of the Sport Lineartronic CVT for Premium and Limited trim levels. Models so equipped also feature Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE), a powertrain performance management system that allows the driver to tailor the vehicle's driving characteristics by choosing from among three modes - Intelligent, Sport and Sport Sharp - using a switch on the steering wheel. The award-winning Subaru EyeSight Driver Assist Technology is also standard on WRX models with Sport Lineartronic CVT.

Priced from $29,795, the WRX Premium comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels in a dark gray finish, All-Weather Package that includes heated front seats and windshield wiper de-icer, fog lights, power moonroof and now Welcome Lighting and headlight auto on/off linked with windshield wiper operation. The Premium also features the STARLINK 7-inch Multimedia Plus system with a 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen, smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and STARLINK Apps, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming, voice activated controls for phone, AM/FM stereo, single-disc CD player and SiriusXM All Access Radio and Travel Link (subscriptions required).

An optional Performance Package for the WRX Premium receives a significant update for 2020. In addition to Recaro® performance design seats with 8-way power front driver seat and moonroof delete, the package now includes Brembo four-piston calipers on the front and Brembo dual-piston calipers on the rear. The Performance Package is competitively priced at $2,850 and offered exclusively on the 6-speed manual transmission WRX Premium.

The 2020 WRX Premium with optional Sport Lineartronic CVT, which includes SI-DRIVE and Subaru EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, is priced at $31,695.

With a starting price of $32,095, the WRX Limited comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission, Keyless Access with Push-Button Start, 10-way power driver's seat with power lumbar adjustment, Steering Responsive LED headlights (low and high beam), as well as LED fog lights.

The WRX Limited with available Sport Lineartronic CVT is priced at $33,995 and includes SI-DRIVE and Subaru EyeSight Driver Assist Technology.

A $2,100 option package for WRX Limited with manual transmission adds the STARLINK 7-inch Multimedia Navigation system with Harman Kardon® speaker system as well as Blind-Spot Detection with Lane-Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. The CVT model adds Reverse Automatic Braking and High Beam Assist to this package for a total price of $2,400.

The WRX STI brings rally-bred performance technology to the road with Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and a 2.5-liter turbocharged BOXER engine producing 310 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque. Standard handling technologies include Active Torque Vectoring and Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control. At $36,995, the 2020 WRX STI pricing begins at only $400 more than last year's model.

For 2020, the WRX STI adds Keyless Access with Push-Button Start, redesigned engine bay cooling ducts in the front bumper and 19-inch aluminium alloy wheels in new dark gray with machine finish to its suite of standard features.

The flagship performance model comes equipped with the All-Weather Package, STARLINK 7-inch Multimedia Plus system, Steering Responsive LED headlights (low and high beam) with height adjustment controls, dual-zone automatic climate control, dual USB ports and Welcome Lighting. For greater versatility, the WRX STI features roof rack mounting brackets.

Inside, black Ultrasuede® upholstery is adorned throughout the cabin. The front and rear seats have red and black leather bolsters with red stitching. The pedal covers are aluminum alloy and the carpeted floor mats are embroidered with the STI logo. The flat-bottom leather-wrapped steering wheel integrates control switches for audio, cruise control and Bluetooth.

Available Recaro performance design front seats with 8-way power driver's seat can be added to the standard trim as a $2,250 option package.

The STI Limited is priced at $41,695 and adds Recaro front seats with 8-way power driver's seat, 7-inch STARLINK Multimedia Navigation system with Harman Kardon speaker system, Blind-Spot Detection with Lane-Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, leather trimmed upholstery and power moonroof. A low-profile lip spoiler for the trunk, replacing the wing, is also available at no cost on the STI Limited.

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