Could the next-gen Subaru WRX pack 300 PS?

Subaru surprised the motoring world several weeks ago when they revealed a teaser image of the all-new WRX. The automaker has yet to fully reveal the high-performance sedan, but it looks like it will have an evolutionary redesign. With that, expect Levorg-like headlights, and new C-shaped taillights.

All-new Subaru WRX STI could get Evoltis engine image

But what will we find under the hood of the next-gen WRX? Supposedly, it will get a new turbocharged engine that will replace the current FA20F. According to insider information from a Japanese publication, the WRX will get a 2.4-liter turbocharged flat-four. If the engine size sounds similar, that's because it's the same engine found in the Evoltis SUV (aka the Ascent).

All-new Subaru WRX STI could get Evoltis engine image

Does this mean the WRX will have a similar power output as the Evoltis? Not exactly. Supposedly, the WRX might put out 300 PS which is 40 PS more than what the SUV makes. Meanwhile, torque could be over 400 Nm since the Evoltis currently makes 375 Nm. A choice between Subaru's Lineartronic CVT and a manual gearbox will likely be available for the all-new WRX.

But what about the WRX STI? Similar to the WRX, it will reportedly have the same 2.4-liter turbocharged engine as well. But instead of 300 PS, the STI could produce as much as 350 PS. If this is true, the WRX STI will make 50 PS more than the previous generation.

All-new Subaru WRX STI could get Evoltis engine image

The all-new WRX is set to debut in 2022. With that, we won't have to wait long before Subaru reveals more technical details of its new high-performance sedan. But with the brand gearing up to electrify its lineup, will the WRX and WRX STI benefit from electrification by then? Or will it stick to the good old internal combustion engine?

Source: Goo-net Magazine