The Subaru WRX is already seven years at this point, and it’s the only Subaru to date that isn’t using the highly rigid Subaru Global Platform (SGP) that underpins all of its stablemates. Don’t fret if you think that the Japanese automaker has abandoned the WRX and WRX STI because the all-new, next-generation model has been teased today before its unveiling later this year.
Details about the next-generation Subaru WRX and WRX STI sports sedans are scarce, but we do know that it will use the same SGP that underpins the Levorg sports wagon. This has been the case since the outgoing model, where the Levorg, WRX, and WRX STI are all underpinned by one platform. Expect the WRX and WRX STI to feature roughly the same front end as the Levorg, but with a few sportier touches compared to its wagon sibling.
Subaru, however, did hint that the upcoming WRX and WRX STI’s styling will be inspired by the Viziv Performance Concept that was shown at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. We certainly do hope that this will be the case for Subaru’s upcoming sports sedan.
As for powertrains, the WRX STI is speculated to utilize the same 2.4-liter four-cylinder boxer engine that powers the Evoltis (Ascent) three-row SUV, but upgraded to sound nicer and produce up to 400 hp. On the other hand, the WRX might also use the same engine but with up to 300 hp, which is almost the same as the outgoing WRX STI. We also don’t expect any form of electrification for the upcoming Subaru WRX. The WRX STI will surely be exclusively mated to a 6-speed manual, while the WRX will be available with both the stick shift and a CVT. Of course in typical Subaru fashion, these two sports sedans will be all-wheel drive (AWD).
Ever since 2015, development for the Impreza and the WRX/WRX STI have been completely separate, so we expect the interior for the all-new WRX/WRX STI to be significantly different from the Impreza. Instead, we think that it may feature a similar interior as the Levorg, with its large portrait touch screen and digital gauges.
Subaru says that the next-generation WRX will make its debut this year, so stay tuned to Go Flat Out PH to always keep yourselves updated.