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2019 Subaru WRX: Preview & Release Date

, Senior Pricing Analyst - May 24, 2018

Model Preview

Although we expected the Subaru WRX to get a complete redesign this year, our hopes have been dashed, at least for the 2019 model year. For now, buyers considering either the WRX or WRX STI will have to be content with modest updates and a new special edition.

No major changes are coming in terms of exterior appearance. However, Subaru will offer new WRX and WRX STI Series.Gray special editions that will come in Cool Gray Khaki with special badging and 18-inch wheels with a black finish.

Essentially a variant of the Premium grade, Series.Gray WRX also gets Recaro seats with ultrasuede, LED headlights, push-button start and more. Subaru will build just 750 WRXs and 250 STIs in this form.

Other than that, the only other news is a slightly more powerful engine in the STI making 310 hp (up from 305 hp) thanks in part to a retuned ECU. As before, the STI is only available with a 6-speed manual.

Safety should be stronger selling point with Subaru EyeSight standard on Premium and higher trims with a CVT transmission. However, this version only adds vehicle hold, an assist monitor and an electronic parking brake.

The 2019 Subaru WRX is due to arrive by this summer.

Official pricing will start at $28,080 including destination for the WRX and $37,480 for the STI. The new Series.Gray WRX has been priced from $33,480 while the STI will ring in at $40,580.

This page will be updated as new information becomes available.

Competitors to the WRX include the Volkswagen GTI and Ford Focus ST, while the STI is more closely matched with the Honda Civic Type R and soon-to-be discontinued Ford Focus RS.

Pictured: 2019 WRX

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