The car that became an overnight sensation in 1994 and a favorite of the years since, has been reimagined for 2022, improved with a wider model range adding to its appeal.
The fifth-generation Subaru WRX has two body styles – sedan and sportswagon – with three model variants each: WRX AWD, WRX AWD RS, WRX AWD tS sedans, WRX Sportswagon AWD, WRX Sportswagon AWD GT, and WRX Sportswagon AWD tS.
Sportswagon will be a model in its own right, as both feature unique specifications tailored to their respective audiences. For example, the sedan incorporates performance-inspired exterior design influences, including air intakes on the edge of the front wheel vents.
There are also side garnishes, a rear spoiler lip, and a prominent hexagonal grille, which extends over the wide, low front bumper and flows back into the bulging fenders and black body trims.
The prominent side sills feature a hexagonal texture designed to reduce air drag. Inside, the cabin features stylish black and gray sedan upholstery and Sportswagon black upholstery, with red stitching and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Cloth trim is used on the WRX Sedan and Sportswagon (the base model), the WRX GT Sportswagon uses motorized leather trim, and the WRX RS Sedan and tS Sedan and Sportswagon are trimmed in Ultrasuede.
The new cockpit layout features an intuitive layout with highly visible and easily accessible tools and controls. The instrument’s elegant layout features tacho and speedo displays projecting directly in front of the driver.
The engine temperature gauge and fuel gauge are respectively integrated into the rev counter and speedometer faces. 4.2″ high-resolution multi-information display with easily recognizable colors to ensure high visibility between the two main dials.
A large 11.6-inch central touch screen is provided for the infotainment system. This platform records Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, DAB+ digital radio and satellite navigation on selected variants and accesses a range of vehicle settings.
Subaru Vision Assist is also included, offering Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Change Assist with Rear Cross Traffic Alert. There’s also dual-zone climate control air conditioning, 18-inch alloy wheels, LED self-leveling headlights, steering-responsive headlights and LED front fog lights.
For the first time in its history, the WRX uses Subaru’s global platform that is designed to enhance vehicle response by enabling sharper handling and adding comfort by reducing unpleasant road jerks and vibration.
Under the hood is a new, more powerful, horizontally opposite, four-cylinder, direct-injected, turbocharged engine that delivers 202 kW of power and 350 Nm of torque.
Two transmission options are available, including a six-speed precision manual, close ratio manual, or a Subaru Performance transmission with Sport transmission control for quick response gear changes and drive mode selection (on tS variants).
The latter allows drivers to change the characteristics of the vehicle on the road to suit their preferences with a variety of driving modes that change the driving dynamics and character. The “Individual” mode allows for complete customization of the driver.
Electronically controlled dampers debuted on select models to enhance already sporty handling, while improving ride quality. New dual-gear electronic steering reduces steering resistance, for smooth, linear steering response.
The sedan offers comfortable cabin space, with more shoulder room, front and rear, with increased rear seat legroom. The Sportswagon will also offer versatile load space, with up to 414 liters of load space.
The WRX’s impressive ride and handling come from MacPherson-style struts at the front and double wishbones at the rear, designs selected to improve control while maximizing ride stability, and ride comfort and interior quietness.
Braking is handled by ventilated, power-assisted front and rear disc brakes. Dunlop SP Sport Maxx low-profile sports tires are also standard on the sedan range.
Compared to the sedan, the Sportswagon has milder exterior features, with more painted surfaces and fewer darkening sections. It also features a diamond pattern on the darker lower sections to increase the texture’s appeal and build on the sports car’s image.
At the rear, bulging fenders give the car an imposing rear stance, while air inlets mounted lower on either side of the bumper help define this vehicle as a high-performance vehicle and mitigate air turbulence when driving at high speed.
A spoiler mounted above the rear window at the rear edge of the roof assists the vehicle’s aerodynamics and ensures a smooth flow of air along the vehicle. On select Sportswagon models, the tailgate can be opened and closed automatically.
The electric tailgate, which opens in just 4.7 seconds, can be used hands-free when the key is near the vehicle, simply by placing a body part over the sensor mounted around the rear badge. The picture is complemented by 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels and low-profile sporty tires.
Pricing for the 2022 Subaru WRX starts at $44,990 for the WRX sedan and $49,990 for the WRX Sportswagon. Both are a plus on the roads. More details are available from your local Subaru dealer. If you want to buy one and need financing, visit CreditOne.