New Spy Photos Of The Next-Generation Subaru WRX Surface - What We Know Now
New spy photos of the next-generation 2022 Subaru WRX have surfaced in Japan. Thanks to Creative311, they caught the new WRX test mule in Gunma, Japan, not far from the automaker's main factory. Subaru has already started testing the new sport-tuned model that will arrive next year. The WRX will launch nearly a year ahead of the high-performance WRX STI.
From the spy photos, we get some idea of what Subaru is doing with the exterior design. The 2022 WRX has a very similar look as the new second-generation Levorg sports wagon released this month. The new WRX and STI will ride on the new Subaru Global Platform, and while the exterior dimensions won't grow much, the interior will have more passenger room.
The camouflaged WRX test mule has a honeycomb grille and new compact headlights that look very similar to the new Levorg. It also takes inspiration from the VIZIV Performance Concept in the rear with a defined wheel arch from the photo taken in the Tochigi Prefecture north of Tokyo.
The new architecture is also set to improve chassis rigidity and driving dynamics and upgrades in its advanced safety technology. The significant change will come underneath the redesigned sheet metal.
The 2020 WRX will likely be powered by the Subaru's new 2.4-liter direct-injection turbocharged FA24 Boxer engine replacing the 2.0-liter FA20 powerplant. Subaru should increase power from the current 2.0-liter turbocharged engine's 268 horsepower rating, but Subaru has not released any information on how much.
The WRX could get the new Levorg-sourced 1.8-liter direct-injection lean-burn turbocharged Boxer powerplant. Subaru also announced the new 1.8-liter turbocharged engine now comes in the 2021 Forester. But this engine is unlikely because Subaru would need to considerably bump up horsepower from its 175 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque rating.
The Ascent-sourced 2.4-liter engine produces 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque, and Subaru will rework the internals to bring more power to the new WRX.
Subaru should begin producing the new 2022 WRX during the fall of 2021, but fans will have to wait for the next-generation 2022 WRX STI to roll out a year later.
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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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