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BREAKING NEWS

updated 4/14/22:
Planet Subaru has a solid allocation of all new 2022 WRX models. Click for inventory.

updated 3/15/22:
The wait for the STi just got a lot longer! Subaru released this statement today:
"As the automotive marketplace continues to move towards electrification, Subaru is focused on how our future sports and performance cars should evolve to meet the needs of the changing marketplace and the regulations and requirements for greenhouse gasses (GHG), zero emissions vehicles (ZEV), and Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ). 

As part of that effort, Subaru Corporation is exploring opportunities for the next generation Subaru WRX STI, including electrification.  In the meantime, a next generation internal combustion engine WRX STI will not be produced based upon the new WRX platform.  

The Subaru WRX STI and the STI brand represent the zenith of Subaru's performance vehicles exemplifying Subaru's unique DNA and rally heritage.  As we look to the future, we also look forward to incorporating the essence of STI into our next generation of vehicles."

Lots of good news here. First, Subaru almost never tips its hand about future products, so for them to announce that they are "exploring opportunities" for an electrified STi, that's something. Second, holy cow, an electric STi?! And third, Subaru left some performance in the garage when they engineered the WRX, presumably to leave a little room for the STi. The turbo boost, for instance, seems lighter than it could have been. So we might see additional engine and handling tweaks on the WRX as Subaru updates the car in the next few years.

updated 2/24/22:
Subaru announces pricing and model line-up for 2022 WRX. Scroll down for that.

updated 1/19/22: Subaru had originally planned on starting production of the 2022 WRX at its Gunma plant in Japan starting in January of 2022. Owing to supply chain disruptions that are rapidly greying the hair of automotive executives worldwide, production is not expected to begin until March, putting the first 2022 WRX at Planet Subaru around May of this year. That is the latest in the year that we can ever remember a current-model year Subaru arriving at Planet, so don't expect a model year-end clearance in August! 



The WRX is all-new for 2022, undergoing what is known in Subaru parlance as a "full model change" or FMC.

And what about a five-door hatchback model not seen since the 2014 model year? Subaru is building one in international markets, but does not offer it in the United States for 2022. For the throngs clamoring for its return to North America, take comfort that Subaru made the significant investment to engineer the car. Perhaps when the global auto industry recovers from the chip shortage in the next year or two, Subaru might offer the hot hatch here as a 2024 or 2025 model. The picture and video below are from Subaru of Australia. Note the differences in styling, including painted wheel arch moldings on the hatch instead of rally-inspired matte black on the sedan.




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 complete 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. So a new WRX is a really big deal!


Details:

  • Fifth-generation of the rally-bred icon
  • 271-horsepower 2.4-liter turbocharged BOXER engine
  • Available new Subaru Performance Transmission offers faster up and down shifts
  • New tablet-style high-definition SUBARU STARLINK 11.6-inch center information display
  • Built on the Subaru Global Platform
  • Dual-pinion electric power steering provides quicker response and improved steering feel
  • New GT trim adds drive mode select, electronically controlled dampers, and exclusive exterior and interior accents
  • EyeSight Driver Assist Technology with new safety and convenience features available

The fifth-generation sports car comes standard with Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and is powered by a new 2.4-liter turbocharged Subaru BOXER® engine. Newly available for this year is the tablet-style 11.6-inch SUBARU STARLINK® Multimedia Plus infotainment system and the latest generation EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology. The 2022 WRX arrives in retailers this Spring and is available in four trim levels: Base, Premium, Limited, and new GT.

The WRX lineup comes standard with a new 2.4-liter turbocharged Subaru BOXER® engine, delivering 271 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and broader torque curve with 258 lb-ft of torque from 2,000-5,200 rpm. The increased displacement, along with a turbocharger equipped with an electronically controlled wastegate and air bypass valves, improves responsiveness, and acceleration.

Every WRX is equipped with legendary Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Active Torque Vectoring. The standard 6-speed manual transmission has optimized gear ratios and refined shift quality. The new Subaru Performance Transmission (SPT) is available on all trim levels (standard on GT). The automatic SPT offers faster up and down shifts and incorporates adaptive shift control that can quickly respond to perform rev-matching downshifts under braking, maintain the ideal ratio through corners, and respond faster on corner exit.

The adoption of the Subaru Global Platform for WRX results in a substantial upgrade in ride and handling performance thanks to increased chassis stiffness. The enhanced platform, now with full inner frame construction and increased use of structural adhesives, delivers a 14 percent increase in front lateral rigidity, 28 percent increase in overall torsional rigidity, and a 75 percent increase in suspension mounting point rigidity.

The 2022 WRX has a wide-body design that projects an aggressive stance and bold new look. At the front, Subaru's signature hexagonal grille is widened and paired with compact LED headlights and a broad hood scoop to emphasize the wide and low look. The rear deck lid integrates a low-profile rear spoiler in matching body color. Rear taillights are designed to glow with a look reminiscent of volcanic magma.

All SUBARU STARLINK® Multimedia systems for the 2022 WRX are equipped with a high-resolution touchscreen; on-screen controls for audio, HVAC, and vehicle features; and combination meter integration. Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, and Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio streaming connectivity; AM/FM stereo; Rear Vision Camera; SiriusXM® radio and Travel Link®; and HD Radio® are also standard.

Select 2022 WRX trim levels are equipped with the latest generation of SUBARU STARLINK Safety and Security. Available packages offer access to emergency services and convenience features including Automatic Collision Notification; Enhanced Roadside Assistance; Stolen Vehicle Recovery; Vehicle Diagnostic Alerts; Remote Engine Start with Climate Control; and more.

INTRODUCING THE 2022 WRX
The 2022 WRX, starting at $29,105, continues its tradition of incredible performance and value with a long list of standard features including power windows, door locks, and side mirrors; dual USB input ports in the front center console; Welcome Lighting; remote keyless entry; and combination meter with color LCD. The all-new performance car also comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in summer performance tires; 6-speed manual transmission; Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control with Track Mode; and Incline Start Assist. For greater versatility, the WRX features roof rack mounting brackets and 60/40 split fold-down rear seats.

Standard on WRX is an all-new center information display with dual 7.0-inch high-resolution touchscreens. The top screen controls smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, and Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio streaming connectivity; AM/FM stereo; Rear Vision Camera; SiriusXM® radio and Travel Link®; and HD Radio®. The bottom screen provides controls for HVAC and vehicle settings.

For 2022, the new Subaru Performance Transmission debuts as an option on the entry level WRX and is priced at $30,955. The option also adds EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology with Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control; Auto Vehicle Hold; Paddle-Shift Switches; SI-Drive; and Electronic Parking Brake.   

WRX Premium
Priced from $31,605, the WRX Premium is designed to enrich the performance-driving experience by adding 18-inch alloy wheels in dark gray finish; LED fog lights; low-profile rear spoiler in matching body color; and headlight auto on/off linked with windshield wiper operation. The Premium also comes standard with Keyless Access with Push-Button Start; premium seat fabric; Dual Automatic Climate Control with Voice Activation; Dual USB charging ports in rear center console; and All-Weather Package that includes heated front seats, side mirrors, and windshield wiper de-icer.

Front and center in the cabin, and highlighting the driver-focused interior, is an all-new tablet-style high-definition center information display. The 11.6-inch STARLINK Multimedia Plus system offers direct touch controls for multimedia, HVAC, and vehicle settings. As with a smartphone, app icons on the touchscreen can be moved and configured based on personal preference. The new multimedia system also offers a split-screen display that can simultaneously show two types of information, such as navigation and audio, for an improved user experience.

An available option package for Premium adds an 11-Speaker Harman Kardon Speaker System plus Power Moonroof for $1,875.

The WRX Premium also makes available the Subaru Performance Transmission. The option gains all the features of the Base WRX with SPT plus a Transmission Oil Cooler. The WRX Premium with SPT is priced at $33,655.

WRX Limited
The Limited builds on the Premium's content with Steering Responsive LED headlights (low and high beam); Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert; front and rear seats with Ultrasuede® trim; 10-way power driver's seat with power lumbar adjustment; 11-Speaker Harman Kardon Speaker System; Power Moonroof; and side mirrors with integrated turn signals. Also standard on Limited is the STARLINK 11.6-inch Multimedia with Navigation that includes voice-activated navigation powered by TomTom® (3-year free map updates). Pricing on the WRX Limited starts at $35,995.

With the available Subaru Performance Transmission, the WRX Limited is priced at $38,245. The option includes all equipment from the Premium with SPT plus Reverse Automatic Braking.

WRX GT
New for 2022, the top-of-the-line GT adds near-luxury refinement and performance to the iconic sports car at a price of $41,895.

Exclusive to GT is standard electronically controlled dampers with Comfort, Normal, and Sport settings. New Drive Mode Select allows the driver to configure up to 430 different customization options for steering feel, damper settings, SI-Drive settings, and more. The settings are configured through the 11.6-inch touchscreen multimedia display.

New Recaro® Performance Design front seats ensure the occupants are securely supported during performance driving. The seats are trimmed with black Ultrasuede® with contrasting red stitching and the "Recaro" logo embossed on the seatbacks. The driver's seat includes 8-way power adjustments. The performance seats are complemented by black Ultrasuede adorned throughout the interior.

Also exclusive to the GT trim level, 18-in aluminum alloy wheels in matte gray finish are paired with 245/40 R18 summer performance tires.

The GT comes standard with the Subaru Performance Transmission, EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology with Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control; Auto Vehicle Hold; Paddle-Shift Switches; SI-Drive; and Electronic Parking Brake. 



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