Next-Generation Subaru WRX Details Emerge - New Interior Upgrades Revealed
We have talked about the next-generation Subaru WRX engine, and arrival date of the new performance models, but not what interior upgrades the new-generation WRX and STI will get. Thanks to an image of the second-generation Subaru Levorg sports wagon from Japan, we are getting an idea of how the new 2022 WRX and STI cabin will look.
Creative311.com, a Japanese website, obtained a new Levorg brochure and published the interior photos. We found the image above on Subaru's Facebook page. The images reveal the latest technology and upgrades coming for the next-generation performance car. We can see a new digital instrument cluster with navigation integration as part of the Starlink infotainment system.
The new WRX will also come with a large tablet-style touch-screen borrowed from the newly-remodeled 2020 Subaru Outback. The old hard buttons are going away, making way for the new multi-media interface that will also offer Apple Car Play and Android Auto integration. Knobs still control the radio volume and tuning.
The second-generation Levorg images reveal the old hand brake is gone and replaced by a space-saving electronic brake located behind the gear shift. The storage bin has been moved forward with two cup holders directly in front, and the A/C vents repositioned. There is also a new chrome accent trim that runs the length of the dashboard.
It’s not a surprise the next-generation Subaru WRX and STI will get new technology inside, but we don’t know what’s going to be under the hood. The latest rumors say the STI is getting the new FA24 2.4-liter direct-injection turbocharged Boxer with plenty of upgraded internals from Subaru Tecnica International for added horsepower.
The WRX could get the same powerplant but de-tuned, or a new Levorg-sourced 1.8-liter direct-injection turbocharged Boxer with more horsepower than the current generation performance sports car.
The next-generation 2022 Subaru WRX and STI will likely get a very similar-looking cabin as the second-generation Levorg sports wagon. The new 2021 Subaru WRX will make its world premiere sometime in April 2021. Stay tuned.
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 and the founder of 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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