The 2022 Subaru WRX has been spotted, and the spy photos below reveal the exterior design is not going to look much like the STI Performance Concept pictured above. The test mule seen this year appears a lot like the outgoing 2021 Subaru WRX with minor exterior changes.
While performance enthusiasts want the 2022 WRX and next-generation WRX STI to look like VIZIV Performance Concept introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show, we expect less than bold design upgrades when the WRX is officially revealed this fall.
What will the next-generation Subaru WRX and STI look like when it arrives?
Subaru won't go crazy with the sport-tuned WRX and performance-tuned STI sports 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.
You can see Subaru's conservative approach to design in its entire lineup. The Forester compact SUV, Outback wagon/SUV, and Crosstrek Small SUV all received minor exterior changes for the new generation models.
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Will the next-generation WRX STI get a hatchback body style?
Subaru enthusiasts' main question is will the Japanese automaker bring back the WRX and STI hatch? Subaru Corporation discontinued the hatchback body style in 2015, and many performance enthusiasts want it brought back.
The hatch body has its place in the WRX STI lineup and offers superior 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.
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How much will the 2022 Subaru WRX cost?
The current price of the 2021 WRX is $28,420, including destination. The 2022 WRX will likely get a significant bump in price, but the base model will still be less than $30,000, making it a good performance value.
How much will the 2022 Subaru WRX STI cost?
Look for the next-generation 2022 Subaru WRX STI to 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 $38,170. The next-generation model will likely have a starting MSRP just south of $40,000, including destination and delivery.
What engine will power the 2022 Subaru WRX and STI?
The all-new 2022 Subaru WRX and STI won't get significant exterior design changes; the most critical upgrades will come underneath the hood. Check out the Torque News report below on the new 2.4-liter turbocharged Boxer engine coming to the latest models.
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Photo credit: Subaru VIZIV Performance Concept, spy shots used with permission from Creative311