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Breaking - Next-Generation Subaru WRX Reveal At NYIAS Cancelled Due To COVID

Subaru was set to uncover the 2022 Subaru WRX, but that won't happen now. The New York International Auto Show was canceled due to new COVID outbreaks.


Subaru Corporation announced they would reveal the all-new 2022 Subaru WRX performance car on August 19 at the New York International Auto Show, but it won't happen as planned. Automotive News says the show was canceled due to new COVID cases spreading and new safety measures, organizers said in a statement.

Performance fans have waited for the next-generation 2022 Subaru WRX, and now they may have to wait longer. Subaru of America has not announced when they will reveal the new WRX or use an online event.

2022 Subaru WRX reveal NYIAS

The WRX was to be revealed on August 19 at the press day, and the Japanese automaker said they were going to stream the world premiere of the redesigned 2022 WRX performance sedan live. Everything changes now with the NYIAS cancelation.

"The COVID pandemic has challenged our city, the country, and the entire world, but just like the automobile industry, we know that the New York Auto Show will rebound and be bigger and better than before," organizers said in a statement. The show is expected to return in April 2022.

2022 Subaru WRX reveal NYIAS

On Tuesday, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that proof of vaccination would be required for indoor activities in the city, including restaurants. This also likely led organizers to cancel the show.

The Chicago Auto Show was held last month without issue, but cases have been rising recently due to the Delta variant of the virus. The Detroit auto show was scrapped in favor of a smaller, outdoor event later this year.

The next big show is the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, where Subaru unveiled the 2015 Subaru WRX when it received the last remodel.

Regardless of where the 2022 Subaru WRX will be unveiled, look for the all-new WRX to hit showrooms in late 2021 or early 2022.

Subaru Corporation was set to make the big reveal of the next-generation 2022 WRX in New York on August 19. Stay tuned to Torque News when the sport-tuned WRX specifications, new upgrades to the engine, suspension, and exterior styling are announced.

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Greg (not verified)    August 4, 2021 - 6:51PM

Disappointing for sure. Perhaps Subaru will pull off something that Cadillac just did with the CT4 V Blackwing or Toyota did with the 86 and have a private event recorded for the press, and perhaps make it a live Youtube event?

Jason (not verified)    August 5, 2021 - 1:44PM

In reply to by Greg (not verified)

Maybe they could do something like that. But I wish they wouldn't have cancelled the show and just made it a vaccinated-only event. What are the odds that things are better in April of 2022 than right now?

Rk72 (not verified)    August 5, 2021 - 7:19PM

Meh. Honestly I’ve pretty much lost interest at this point. Sad as I own a 2018, but all the hype and long wait for a car that won’t offer anything ground breaking for the model is going to be hugely anticlimactic. Let me guess between 280 and 290 HP, small improvement to the manual transmission and ride quality. They will carry over the CVT instead of using the decent automatic in the BRZ with a bit of a rework. Actually I’m feeling the 290 is too optimistic. All that and at first glance you’d be able to mistake it for last years model.

They’ve just about beaten the WRX and STI monikers to death with the constant hype and under delivering.

Ahmed .y (not verified)    August 14, 2021 - 12:40PM

What are the company's engineers doing..I own STI 2019 Korean cars have become beating us on the road..the design is not revolutionary...Look at Toyota and Kia that they change their cars every three or four years. We have to wait for six years to come out with a very normal engine and a very normal design. ..