Many car enthusiasts have been eagerly awaiting the redesign of the largely popular WRX performance sedan. Although the current generation is only 5 years old, it is likely that we will see the next-generation WRX for the 2021 or 2022 model year.
Subaru hasn’t released any official information about what the new WRX will look like but we expect it to take many of its cues from the Subaru Levorg. This means it would build upon the current WRX’s aggressive front end and sharp body lines. Unfortunately, it isn’t likely that the sporty hatch itself will be brought over to the American market.
We don’t expect much change under the hood as the WRX received the new 2.0-liter turbocharged FA20 BOXER motor when it was fully redesigned back in 2015. This engine is good for 268 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.
The big performance upgrade is expected to come on the more powerful WRX STI which is currently still running on the 2.5-liter turbocharged EJ25 BOXER motor from the previous generation. A report from Forbes suggests that the new STI will gain a 2.4-liter turbocharged FA24 BOXER motor that will put out over 400 horsepower and 361 lb-ft of torque.
We expect the new WRX to continue coming in both CVT and manual transmission options.