Over the weekend, Subaru officially unveiled the 2022 WRX. Featuring an all-new look, the high-performance sedan debuted with a new chassis based on the Subaru Global Platform and is now powered by a 2.4-liter turbocharged flat-four derived from Evoltis that cranks out 275 PS and 376 Nm of torque.
It's nice to see Subaru still making powerful four-doors, but it has been years since the company introduced a high-performance wagon like the WRX Wagon. The closest model we have to a WRX Wagon was the previous generation Levorg. It came with the previous-generation WRX's 2.0-liter turbocharged flat-four with 268 PS with 350 Nm of torque, but the 2.0-liter mill was discontinued when the current Levorg debuted. Instead, the only engine option available is a 1.8-liter flat-four turbo that makes 177 PS with 300 Nm of torque.
However, it looks like Subaru has plans to put the WRX's new 2.4-liter turbo to the Levorg. According to CarExpert Australia, the automaker is committed to making a high-performance version of the Levorg. Based on the report, the publication spoke to a spokesperson of the company, who stated that the all-new Levorg will reportedly become the wagon counterpart to the WRX once it arrives in Australia in Q4 of 2021.
“The Levorg has proven itself as a niche performance wagon, and will morph into something slightly different in its next generation,” said the spokesperson.
Does this mean international markets of the Levorg will get the 2.4-liter turbo flat-four instead of the 1.8-liter turbo engine? It's possible since Subaru does offer different engine options outside of Japan. For example, the Japan-spec WRX STI is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged EJ20, exclusively available in the home market. But outside of Japan, the WRX STI was fitted with the larger 2.5-liter turbo flat-four dubbed the EJ25.
But will the more powerful Levorg be available with a manual gearbox? It's very unlikely to happen since the previous generation Levorg was never offered a manual transmission. More than likely, the WRX-powered Levorg will likely have the new Subaru Performance Transmission 8-speed automatic derived from the GT version of the new WRX.
Assuming Subaru builds a Levorg with a 2.4-liter turbocharged flat-four, should Motor Image Pilipinas offer it here? Our friends at Subaru did hint that the next-generation WRX may arrive in mid-2022. We're keeping our fingers crossed that Subaru PH does decide to bring the new Levorg soon.