The current Subaru Impreza WRX STI has been around for a long time. It's been the same car for the past five years and not much has been done to it. There are small nips and tucks over the years but it's practically the same car since 2015. When the redesigned Impreza came out in 2017, we've been waiting for an all-new STI, but here we are still asking ourselves when it will debut.
Now, we have an answer, and here's the good news; Subaru has (sort of) confirmed a launch year. The bad news? It won't be out until 2023.
We'll have to wait three more years for the next-generation WRX STI, which sounds like a long time. Also, the current WRX STI will be eight years old by the time the all-new model is launched. This is perhaps the longest we've had to wait for a redesigned STI. If you look at the past models, there was an all-new or heavily facelifted one once every five to six years.
So what do we know so far about the future high-performance sedan? It's been rumored that it will use the new turbocharged 2.4-liter boxer engine first used in the Ascent/Evoltis. There is also a possibility that its power rating could be close, or even exceed, 400 PS. There's also one rumor we wish would be true, and that's Subaru keeping a six-speed manual for the next-gen WRX STI.
By the looks of it, the 2023 WRX STI will be based on an extensively modified chassis of the current Impreza. However, it's rather odd that Subaru will also be launching an all-new Impreza sedan and hatchback a few months after the WRX STI's launch. If true, that means the platform of the performance sedan will be based on an older car and it might be a long wait for yet another next-gen WRX STI.
Now, the WRX STI isn't the only all-new car from Subaru coming in the next few years. A leaked document shows the second-gen BRZ will be out by mid-2021, and the redesigned WRX will be launched at about the same time. By 2022, Subaru will be launching their first-ever EV, along with facelifted versions of the Legacy, Outback, and Ascent/Evoltis. The Japanese automaker will also be introducing the Wilderness line for their crossovers, namely the Outback and Forester. The year after that, the all-new XV will be launched.
Subaru has been rather quiet this year but that doesn't mean they're staying idle. The new decade will bring in a whole lot of changes, and their upcoming models point to an exciting future ahead.