3 Bold Predictions On The Eve Of The All-New Subaru WRX Reveal
Because the New York International Auto Show 2021 was canceled, the next-generation 2022 Subaru WRX now makes its global debut on September 10, 2021. The venue change forced Subaru of America to use an online platform via its social media pages to reveal the new WRX.
Our three predictions for tomorrow's 2022 WRX's world premiere will be good and bad news for performance enthusiasts. First, the good news.
The all-new 2022 Subaru WRX will now be powered by a new 2.4-liter direct-injection turbocharged Boxer engine producing close to 300 horsepower. Subaru will move away from the FA20 2.0-liter Boxer engine the Japanese automaker first used in the 2002 models.
The outgoing 2.0-liter turbocharged engine has been good for the sport-tuned WRX, but it needs more power to move to next-level performance. The 2.0-liter produces 268 horsepower but should get a nice bump from the new FA24 2.4-liter turbocharged Boxer upgrade. Reports say the WRX should have around 286 horsepower with the new FA24 powerplant.
The bad news is; the 2022 WRX will have more conservative exterior styling changes and will NOT look like the VIZIV Performance Concept introduced at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. It will look more like the next-generation Levorg sports wagon.
Subaru has always been conservative when it comes to exterior design language. They tease fans with aggressively styled concepts, and then the production model is changed very little.
More bad news; the 2022 Subaru WRX won't arrive in U.S. showrooms this year. You'll have to wait until early 2022 to buy the next-generation performance car. Subaru announced another plant shut down because of the lack of specific parts related to the microchip shortage.
Subaru Corporation will suspend WRX plant operation from September 7-17, 2021, an additional five days, bringing the total shut down to nine days. The 2022 WRX won't resume production until Monday, September 20, 2021.
The 2022 Subaru WRX world premiere is tomorrow, September 10, 2021, at 9:00 AM Eastern Standard Time. Torque News will bring a complete report of the new model upgrades. Stay tuned.
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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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