A new model of this best-ever performance hero is on our way, a welcome surprise for patient and enthusiastic fans.
Subaru is back in its roots with a new performance hero.
The local arm of the Japanese brand confirmed that it would offer a wagon version of the new WRX along with a variant of the sedan. Subaru says the WRX wagon is scheduled for the second quarter of next year.
In addition to the Forester GT and XT, Subaru has a strong history of high-speed wagons, including hot Liberty versions such as the Liberty RS, GT, 3.0RB and Blitzen, as well as early examples of the WRX.
A recent example of the WRX is either a sedan or a hatchback.
Subaru Australia boss Blairid says the new WRX wagon is based on a rich legacy of performance models.
“The WRX Sport Wagon offers Australians an additional version of this performance machine, making it more practical for everyday use,” he read.
“The WRX Sport Wagon is a model in its own right, and both sedans and sports wagons have their own specifications tailored to their respective audiences.”
Subaru has abolished the 2.0-liter engine from the previous version and adopted a larger 2.4-liter 4-cylinder turbo unit of 202kW / 350Nm.
Despite its larger size, the output has increased by just 5kW, lagging behind front-wheel drive rivals such as the Hyundai i30 N, Ford Focus ST, and Toyota’s all-wheel drive pint-sized Yaris GR.
Buyers can choose between a 6-speed manual or a CVT automatic transmission that drives all four wheels.
The brand says the new WRX will recreate the suspension with multiple driving modes and improved body control, making it easier to get through corners.
Subaru has made major upgrades to its cabin, packed with new technology and creature comfort, including a large tablet-style 11.6-inch central touchscreen with smartphone mirroring and front sports bucket seats.
The automatic version appreciates the brand’s outstanding driver assist technology, including items such as automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, and radar cruise control. The manual version will suffice with less.
Subaru will reveal local prices and specifications close to the vehicle’s launch date.
Place of originSubaru WRX Sportswagon revealed, confirmed for Australia