Subaru is Billing the 2022 WRX as a “Ground-Up” Makeover: More Power and Improvements

Even in today's SUV-centered market, Subaru WRX has maintained a loyal following and will soon be rewarded with updates, which can provide upgrades in almost all important places.

Subaru WRX has undergone a large number of updates in 2022, aimed at improving the performance of the new model.

The fifth-generation rally car adopts a brand-new design and borrows heavily from the Viziv performance concept car that debuted at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. It also received a new, more powerful engine, as well as suspension updates and more technology. Adding a new trim kit, WRX GT, provides adaptive damping for the car for the first time, and fans should be very happy.

Subaru is scheduled to land in the US showroom in the first quarter of 2022, betting that the upgrade will excite the loyal fans of this group of coupe-type cars.

Subaru refers to the 2022 WRX as a "complete" transformation. However, at first glance, it seems more evolutionary than revolutionary. The new design is based on the Viziv concept, but it is far from the fourth-generation car.

The first WRX GT ever saw the engine, suspension and technology updates that made it better than its predecessor.

More aggressive and planted
The design does provide a more aggressive fender and a wider, more planted appearance. The projector headlamp now has a more squint appearance, and there are new functional vents that help reduce air turbulence around the front wheels. Other changes-such as an integrated rear spoiler-are also aimed at improving the overall aerodynamics of the WRX, which is a double plus for fuel economy and performance.

At the same time, Subaru expanded the use of lightweight materials. Simply switching to aluminum front fenders can help reduce the weight of the vehicle by 5 pounds.

When you get a deeper understanding of the appearance, you will find other major changes, the first is the shift to the new Subaru global platform, from the small Impreza to the large Ascent SUV, all products are shared. It means a 28% increase in overall stiffness, while also helping to lower the center of gravity and improve noise, vibration and roughness, or NVH.

Declining market

The 2022 WRX is now equipped with the new 2.4-liter turbocharged Boxer-4, which can output 271 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

This sports segment has been struggling in difficult times, and both Mitsubishi Evo and Ford Focus RS have disappeared. There are still some major competitors, including the Honda Civic Si-it will have its own major update in the coming year. Subaru wants to maintain its leading position, and performance is of the utmost importance.

Therefore, looking for a new engine for the 2022 WRX, it is now equipped with the new 2.4-liter turbocharged Boxer-4, which can output 271 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The number of ponies has increased by three, while torque remains the same, but Subaru claims that it will be faster due to increased displacement and turbocharger changes.

Serious performance enthusiasts may continue to switch to the 6-speed manual that Subaru continues to offer. But another option is the Subaru Performance Transmission, which is a peculiar way of sports tuning CVT. The automaker claims that it has made major changes in 2022, eliminating some of the annoying behavior normally associated with continuously variable transmissions. Shift gears are faster, using paddle shifters and manual mode, you can simulate an 8-speed gearbox.

New GT decoration

Subaru said that the new CVT simulates an 8-speed gearbox with strong performance, but the 6-speed manual gearbox is still available for diehards.

The car has also upgraded its suspension to help minimize body roll. For those who want to go further, there is the new WRX GT. It adds adaptive damping and the ability to switch between comfort, normal and sports settings. Driver Mode Select can also adjust steering and provide vehicle functions-the automaker claims that there are "430 different customization options."

The GT package adds new Recaro sports seats, 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels with summer tires, and a richer lineup of advanced safety technologies, such as active cruise control and automatic emergency steering.

Upgrade technology
The basic version of Subaru's EyeSight driver assistance system is the standard configuration of the WRX series, with functions such as forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking, as well as lane departure prevention.

The infotainment system has also been upgraded, and a split-screen mode has been added. There is also a new Harman Kardon audio option with 11 speakers that can provide 576 watts of sound.

Pricing for the 2022 model has not yet been announced, but the current Subaru WRX starts at $28,420, including freight.