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7 Things You Won’t See On The Next-Generation Subaru WRX STI But Wish It Had

The 2022 Subaru WRX STI will get a complete redesign with new upgrades. Will it have the most important improvements you want?


The 2022 Subaru WRX STI is coming soon with a complete remodel, but it won't have everything you want. Here are seven things you won't find on the new performance car but wish it had.

Hatchback Bodystyle

Subaru discontinued the hatchback body style when they brought out the current generation WRX, and STI and many performance enthusiasts still want it. The new-generation STI could use a hatch body style to compete with the Honda Civic Type R and new 2022 Volkswagen Golf R hot hatches. It does have its place in the WRX STI lineup and offers greater utility and cargo-carrying ability. Subaru has not said whether they will bring back the 5-door hatch, but we are betting they won't.

2022 Subaru WRX STI, next-generation STI

Bold Styling

The fourth-generation Subaru WRX STI needs a new exterior design similar to the VIZIV Performance Concept introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show. Subaru is known for teasing concepts that are off the chain and then delivering something generic for the actual production car.

Subaru won't get too crazy with the performance car's new design. Look at the 2021 Levorg sports wagon to get an idea of what the 2022 STI will look like when it arrives.

Subaru WRX STI needs a new exterior design similar to the VIZIV Performance Concept
Photo credit: Competition Subaru

400+ horsepower

We know the new sports car will ride on the new Subaru Global Platform with improved driving dynamics, so more horsepower and torque will work nicely in the updated architecture.

Subaru Corporation will drop the EJ25 2.5-liter turbocharged Boxer engine in the new STI. Subaru will likely put the new FA24 2.4-liter engine turbocharged engine in the next-generation model. The new direct-injection engine will be a good upgrade but don't look for 400 plus horsepower.

2022 Subaru WRX STI, next-generation STI

DSG automatic

The Subaru WRX STI comes with only one gearbox, the 6-speed manual. It's a sound transmission for performance enthusiasts, but Subaru could take the STI's performance up a notch with a new direct-shift gearbox (DSG.) If Subaru wants to upgrade the performance sedan seriously, they should develop a 7-speed variant like the 2022 Volkswagen Golf R's DSG dual-clutch transmission.

A hybrid powertrain

Subaru will give the WRX STI a hybrid powertrain, but it won't happen for another 10 to 15 years. A turbocharged engine coupled with a hybrid system could increase power and torque more than a gas engine. Hybrid technology is the next evolution in eco-performance, but it won't happen anytime soon.

2022 Subaru WRX STI, next-generation STI
Photo credit: Competition Subaru

Dual Function X-Mode

Another feature you won't see on the 2022 STI is X-Mode or dual function X-Mode. Subaru reserves this off-road feature for its SUVs. The STI sits too low to the ground for any off-pavement pursuits, although we think it would be a good idea for the performance car to have an extra level of performance on the dirt and snowy roads. Owners who live in cold-weather regions don't leave their vehicles in the garage when the snow flies.

Lower than $39,000 MSRP

The next-generation 2022 Subaru WRX STI will get a significant price bump, so don't expect the new model to come in less than $39,000. The current base price of the STI is $37,895. The next-generation model will likely have a starting MSRP just south of $40,000, including destination and delivery. The new STI won’t have everything you want, but with the upgrades Subaru brings, the compact sports car will still be one of the best performance values on the planet.

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Wrx522 (not verified)    November 15, 2020 - 6:46PM

More like 7 things no one wants on the new sti. Whoever wrote this has no clue what Subaru fans like.

Michael Matthews (not verified)    November 27, 2020 - 1:45PM

In reply to by Wrx522 (not verified)

The 7 things the author listed that wouldn't be on the new STI are: Hatchback Bodystyle, Bold Styling, 400+ horsepower, DSG automatic, a Hybrid Powertrain, Dual Function X-Mode, and an MSRP lower than $39,000.

I imagine virtually everyone would like to see a redesigned STI for less than $39,000 with 400+ horsepower and bolder styling – even you after you sober up.

Andrew B (not verified)    November 15, 2020 - 7:11PM

"The STI sits too low to the ground for any off-pavement pursuits, although we think it would be a good idea for the performance car to have an extra level of performance on the dirt and snowy roads."

For real dude? You do know the STI is a rally car, right? What's the point of writing an article if everything in it is hypotheticals?

Jordan (not verified)    November 15, 2020 - 8:03PM

Man, no it does not need a DSG, that is just the thing to bring over the folks who are too lazy to shift gears in traffic and are content being disconnected from their vehicles. Golf R autos are for them. Everything else I agree with.

Atticus Russell (not verified)    November 16, 2020 - 2:38AM

This article is pure speculation and provides no information of substance. Pure freaking clickbait.

Curtis Murphy (not verified)    November 16, 2020 - 1:17PM

The AWD system in the STI is already more capable than X-Mode AWD on the Ascent, Outback and Crosstrek. It has real LSD's instead of brake driven differential manipulation. It also has an electronically controlled center diff that can be fully locked. I wouldn't want them to water down the current AWD setup on the STI. It would be nice to see in the new WRX however.

RAV (not verified)    November 28, 2020 - 11:15AM

No FA24 in the new STI really?? Why would Subaru put in a updated FA24 with port and direct injection in a low volume car like the BRZ (2500 annual sales) and not the STI ( 22,000 annual sales)