Revealed: 2022 Subaru WRX gets fresh new look

UNVEILED overnight in the US, the 2022 Subaru WRX sports a new generation 2.4-litre direct injection turbo boxer engine and is built on the brand’s new global platform for the first time.

Equipped with a symmetrical all-wheel drive system built around its new engine, the WRX is set to deliver stronger, quicker and more responsive acceleration. A highly rigid body and chassis significantly enhances vehicle responsiveness and ride comfort.

Chassis geometry has been optimised for smoother suspension travel, with longer functional stroke compared to the previous model, while ground contact and stability have also been improved. A new steering system will help deliver a more sporty feel too.

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To be offered with a 6-speed manual, or Subaru’s performance transmission with adaptive shift control, the new WRX will also feature drive mode select (on some trim levels) and the latest generation EyeSight safety technology.

In its US trim, it will deliver 202kW of power and 340Nm of torque (it’s not known if these figures will be the same in Australia) from the high torque/low rpm powertrain.

On the vehicles featuring drive mode select, electronically controlled dampers deliver both a sporty and high-quality ride feel.

But it’s the refreshed look that will set the 2022 Subaru WRX apart from its previous generations, with three-dimensional, deeply carved shapes starting from the hexagon grille, wide and low front bumper and the bulging fenders.

Black trim pieces including the sport side garnishes on the front and rear fenders and the side sill spoilers feature hexagon patterned aerodynamic texture that reduces air resistance.

Air outlets opened at the front sport side garnishes and each side of the rear bumper enhance the driving stability, as well as the exterior appeal.

2022 Subaru WRX
Inside the 2022 Subaru WRX (overseas model shown)

Inside, a sporty black interior with red stitching raises expectations for aggressive and sporty performance from the new WRX. A large, high-definition centre information display sits vertically for the first time.

The newly designed Recaro front seats (on selected trim levels) bring better body holding performance and help keeping the preferred driving position in sport driving.

Upgraded EyeSight driver assist technology will feature in sports auto models, adds a broader safety range, improved camera tracking for vehicles in front, better blind spot monitoring and enhanced pre-collision braking.

In terms of passenger comfort, shoulder room has been expanded, both front and rear, for more comfort of each passenger. In addition, a longer wheelbase compared to the previous WRX has brought expanded legroom for rear seat passengers.

Excellent visibility, a traditional Subaru value, has also been inherited for greater peace of mind while driving. As a practical sedan, the boot space is sufficient to load a pram or golf bags, with dimensions similar to the previous WRX.

Local specifications and pricing will be revealed closer to its launch in Australia, currently slated for early next year, meaning it should be in showrooms in Q2 of 2022.

Australian customers can however, register their interested in the 2022 Subaru WRX by visiting

2022 Subaru WRX
2022 Subaru WRX
Mark Holgate
Mark Holgate
A journalist with more than 24 years experience, Mark Holgate has worked with a number of regional, suburban and metropolitan newspapers, as well as stints with motoring specific publications like Which Car? Motorsport News, Auto Action and Street Machine. He is also a contributor to DriveTribe.


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