Long wait for new Subaru WRX is finally over
World Rally eXperimental or WRX for short is a nameplate that resonates throughout the motoring world. The Subaru WRX has a somewhat cult-like following due to a successful run in the World Rally Championship. The WRX has been absent for sometime but the latest model has just arrived. Here is what you need to know.
The 2022 Subaru WRX seamlessly combines an assertive and exhilarating stance with a refined approach to the fluidity of motion styling concept. It cuts a striking silhouette thanks to Subaru’s Dynamic x Solid design philosophy that boldly fortifies all angles of the car’s exterior.
Subaru’s signature bonnet scoop and hexagonal grille takes centre stage at the front of the car, while multi-functional LED, Steering Responsive Headlights (SRH) further complement the wider and more aggressive stance. The side profile is defined by the sporty side garnishes that emphasise the low centre of gravity with incorporated air outlets at the trailing edges of the front and rear wheels to minimise any trapped air.
At the rear, the bumper houses an integrated diffuser that stabilises airflow as it exits from underneath the car. The rear spoiler serves the dual purpose of converting guided airflow into rear-end stability. Wheels for the South African market come in 18-inch sizing wrapped in 245/40 contact rubber.
At the heart of the cabin design is the new 11.6-inch infotainment system that serves as an easy-to-access hub for a wide range of entertainment and vehicle-related functions. The high-resolution, tablet-style screen recreates the operational premise of modern smart devices for intuitive, and safe, system navigation. The system retains physical buttons for operating volume and temperature control to ensure distraction-free driving.
The system features Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth in addition to a built-in navigation programme that is standard across the locally-available WRX range. All WRX models are available with a 10-speaker Harman Kardon sound system. Also incorporated into the system is individually selectable and customisable drive mode select interface as well as a number of other information features including car settings, vehicle diagnostics and more.
The beating heart of the 2022 Subaru WRX is the new 2.4-litre, 4-cylinder turbocharged horizontally-opposed Boxer petrol engine. It delivers 202kW, 5kW more than its predecessor. This motor also makes a wide torque band of 350Nm. There are 2 derivatives available in the line-up: the WRX Manual and the WRX tS ES. In the Manual derivative, the 2.4-litre Boxer engine is joined to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The WRX tS ES derivative brings with it the newly-developed 8-speed Subaru Performance Transmission that is up to 50% faster than before.
Safety is a high priority and the Subaru WRX makes use of EyeSight. This technology offers a wealth of driving assistance including a Pre-Collision Braking system, Autonomous Emergency Steering, Lane Departure Prevention, Adaptive Cruise and Steering Control, Traffic Sign Recognition and Intelligent Speed Limiter.