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Will This Be The Last-Gen Subaru WRX With A Gas Engine? The Answer Is Yes

Will Subaru also drop the WRX with a gas engine? It's not if but when. Check out the details here.


The 2022 Subaru WRX is a good value right now, and it could be the best time to buy one before Subaru Corporation drops the 2.4-liter WRX with a gas engine. Subaru announced last week they are ramping up all-electric vehicles, and they will build a new electric vehicle plant in Japan by 2027.

They also said they would build new hybrid and electric vehicles on its current production line within five years. Subaru will begin offering e-Boxer (hybrid models) in the U.S., including Forester, Outback, Ascent, Impreza, Legacy, and likely WRX models.

2022 Subaru WRX, next-generation WRX specs, features, pricing

The Japanese automaker now shifts to hybrid technology, and they will now make more all-electric vehicles. The current-generation Subaru WRX could be the last sports car with a gas-engine-only powertrain. We expect Subaru to use hybrid technology developed with Toyota in the WRX in the next five years.

In April, Subaru of America only sold 1,497 WRX and WRX STI models as they ran out of the 2021 year sports cars, and the 2022 WRX is arriving now at U.S. showrooms.

2022 Subaru WRX, next-generation WRX specs, features, pricing
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Because the 2021 STI models are gone from retailers, the best way to buy a 2021 WRX STI now will be to find someone who lost their job, has a family change, or needs to get out of their lease payment. A low mileage STI will jump in value and could become a collector car and rank among the best investments.

Will the 2022 Subaru WRX go up in value as well?

The 2021 Subaru WRX could be sought after like the 2021 STI. Performance enthusiasts can still buy the next-generation 2022 WRX, and the fourth-generation model will still retain its value, but not like the STI.

What is the price of the 2022 Subaru WRX?

Subaru increased the 2022 WRX by $550 on April 26, 2022. The 2022 WRX 6-speed manual trim level starts at $30,600. The WRX with Subaru Performance Transmission (SPT) is $32,450, WRX Premium 6-speed manual is $33,100, WRX Premium SPT is $35,150, WRX Limited 6-speed manual is $37,490, WRX Limited SPT is $39,740, and WRX GT is $43,390. Pricing includes destination and delivery fees ($995).

When will Subaru drop the gas-powered WRX?

We look for Subaru Corporation to drop the 2.4-liter gas engine in the WRX in the next five years. Subaru will likely offer a hybrid WRX first and then develop an all-new WRX and WRX STI all-electric models in the late 2020s.

The fifth-generation Subaru WRX with a 2.4-liter turbocharged gas engine won't be around for much longer, maybe two-five years before it's dropped. The STI with a turbocharged gas engine is gone, and the WRX will follow. Stay tuned.

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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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