Subaru lets you shift your own gear with 2022 WRX
The all-new Subaru WRX is coming, but its launch has reportedly been delayed. Fortunately, the automaker has released another trailer to keep us excited in the meantime. The rally-inspired sports sedan was supposed to be revealed on August 19, 2021, at the New York Auto Show. But with the show canceled, the new trailer says “coming soon” instead, meaning we’ll have to wait a bit longer.
Still, there’s no reason to be down. The new teasers do offer a bit more substance and show off-road driving. More importantly, Subaru confirmed that the new WRX will still be available with a proper manual gearbox. It's great news for those that want to change gears on their own.
Subaru didn’t release a teaser photo of the gearbox. But you can see in the quick 15-second teaser video above. A quick jump cut shows the manual gearbox in the WRX before shifting to a shot of the gauge cluster.
Interestingly, some have pointed out that the redline is lower than before at 6,000 RPM vs 6,600 RPM. That’s likely due to the new engine fitted under the hood, supposedly the 2.4-liter turbocharged flat-four from the Evoltis/Ascent. No official power details have been announced, but it’s expected to be in the 300 horsepower range.
Another interesting bit about the teaser is the color of the WRX. Instead of the WRX's signature World Rally Blue paint, the model here is finished in orange. If we’re not mistaken, it would be the first time Subaru has offered the orange color outside of the limited-edition STI S206.
We'll have to wait a bit more before we officially see the 2022 WRX in full. But at least we know the manual gearbox will live on in the sports sedan for the next generation.