It's been months since we last heard any updates about Subaru's high-performance sedan, the WRX. Originally slated to be revealed sometime in 2020, the company had since delayed its debut.
After a year of waiting, however, it's finally happening. Subaru has released the first teaser image of the next-generation turbocharged four-door sedan – signaling its upcoming reveal. But what does the teaser image show us?
Looking at the lone teaser photo, it looks like the WRX will have an evolutionary redesign. After brightening the image, it appears the next-generation sedan will continue to have the familiar roofline. What could be new, however, is the front fascia and the headlights. Serving as a reminder that this is indeed a WRX is a large hood scoop.
Beyond that, Subaru has yet to reveal any details about the WRX. But thanks to previous spy photos, we have an idea of what it will eventually look like. If the spied images are to be believed, the front fascia will supposedly get Levorg-like headlights, along with a revised front grille. Around the back, the 2022 WRX appears to get a new set of C-shaped taillights, a redesigned trunk with what looks to be an integrated spoiler, and quad exhaust pipes.
As far are as the powertrain is concerned, there could be three possible engine choices. First is the turbocharged 2.0-liter FA20 used in the current WRX, which puts out 268 PS and 350 Nm of torque. Next, is the new FA24 turbocharged engine used in the Evoltis (aka Ascent) SUV. Finally, there's the new 1.8-liter turbo that is being used in the Levorg and the Forester Sport.
Subaru has yet to announce an official launch date for the all-new WRX. However, the company has already put up a dedicated website for the upcoming sports sedan. Subaru also confirmed that the WRX's launch will be live-streamed.
It might have taken quite a while for Subaru to prepare an all-new WRX. But as the saying goes, “it's better late than never”. We're keeping our fingers crossed we won't have to wait too long for its official reveal, as well as for its arrival in the Philippines.