Motor Image Pilipinas, the official distributor of Subaru in the Philippines, has officially launched the 2022 Subaru BRZ. The twin of the Toyota GR86 promises to deliver a heightened driving experience thanks to its new, bigger, and more powerful boxer engine whilst still maintaining its signature lightweight rear-wheel drive (RWD) chassis.
The all-new BRZ starts at P2,399,000 for the 6-speed manual and P2,499,000 for the 6-speed automatic with the EyeSight suite of autonomous safety tech. This is quite a significant price increase, but it also comes with an increase in both power and features.
In terms of design, Subaru opted for an evolutionary approach when redesigning the 2022 Subaru BRZ. Upfront, there’s a new front bumper with a wider grille and new side vents for cooling the brakes. The headlights have also been redesigned to feature a simpler look. There are side vents near the front wheel arches which should improve aerodynamics. Moving towards the rear, you’ll see a pair of LED taillights that feature a curved shape along with a black trim piece that connects those two lighting elements.
While the exterior remains faithful to the previous model’s looks, the interior looks completely different. The gauges are now digital, featuring a 7-inch screen and a multi-information display at its side. There’s also an 8-inch Subaru Starlink touch screen infotainment system that features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Interior materials have also been improved for a more premium feel.
Under the hood of the all-new BRZ is a new, bigger 2.4-liter 4-cylinder boxer engine that produces 237 hp and 250 Nm of torque. It’s also the same engine used in the Subaru Evoltis three-row SUV, albeit without the turbo. Power is, of course, sent to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. With the promise of offering pure driving fun, all Subaru BRZ models will be equipped as standard with a limited-slip differential.
As mentioned, the 6-speed automatic-equipped 2022 Subaru BRZ comes with the EyeSight suite of advanced driver-assist features, which include adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, just to name a few. EyeSight, however, is only available when opting for the automatic transmission.
If you want to see the 2022 Subaru BRZ in person, you better head to Subaru’s booth at the 2022 Manila International Auto Show, which starts today and ends on April 10, 2022.