The fifth-generation Subaru WRX debuted this week bringing Crosstrek-like body styling and freshly honed power and performance. The model isn’t Subaru’s most popular, but it plays dual roles as a traditional passenger vehicle and rally racer.
Subaru built the 2022 WRX on the Subaru Global Platform, a first for the model, which allows for noise, vibration, and harshness improvements over the last generation.
Its exterior features design is meant to highlight the car’s aggressive stance. Subaru’s signature hexagonal grille is paired with a broad front hood scoop and prominent character lines across the car’s body.
The rear deck lid has an integrated spoiler and taillights designed to glow “with a look reminiscent of volcanic magma” according to the automaker.
Aerodynamics have been improved in the new model, which is designed to improve body sway and increase downforce.
Buyers can get the car with 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels and four-wheel ventilated disc brakes.
Each version of the WRX features a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine under the hood that delivers 271 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Unlike most sedans on the market today, the 2022 WRX will be available with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission that has an eight-speed manual mode.
Subaru is adding a new tier-topping WRX GT to the line for the 2022 model year. It is equipped with a new automatic transmission as standard. It also gets electronically controlled dampers and three drive modes (Comfort, Normal and Sport) that adjust steering feel, damper settings, SI-Drive settings and more. There are 430 different customization options in all.
The interior design of the vehicle is familiar to anyone who has seen the latest Subaru models on the dealer lot. Swathed in black with red contrast stitching and carbon fiber pattern accents, the cabin features a flat-bottom, leather-wrapped steering wheel, auto up/down power front windows, and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat.
WRX GT models get Recaro seats wrapped in black Ultrasuede. An eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat is standard. It rides on 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels finished in matte gray that are wrapped in 245/40 R18 summer performance tires.
The car comes with an 11.6-inch infotainment touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and HD Radio as standard. Buyers can add navigation and an 11-speaker Harman Kardon sound system that was tuned especially for the WRX.
Every WRX comes standard with EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, a suite of safety and driver assist features including adaptive cruise control with lane centering technology and automatic emergency braking.
The 2022 WRX is slated to arrive at U.S. dealerships in early 2022.