Subaru South Africa has unveiled the fifth model to wear the iconic WRX (World Rally eXperimental) nameplate that, in 1992, signalled a new era for performance motoring.
Subaru’s signature bonnet scoop and hexagonal grille takes centre stage at the front of the car, while multi-functional LED, Steering Responsive Headlights (SRH) further complement the wider and more aggressive stance. The side profile is defined by the sporty side garnishes that emphasise the low centre of gravity with incorporated air outlets at the trailing edges of the front and rear wheels to minimise any trapped air.
At the rear, the bumper houses an integrated diffuser that stabilises airflow as it exits from underneath the car. The rear spoiler serves the dual purpose of converting guided airflow into rear-end stability. Wheels for the South African market come in 18-inch sizing wrapped in 245/40 contact rubber.
At the heart of the cabin design is the new 11.6-inch infotainment system that serves as an easy-to-access hub for a wide range of entertainment and vehicle-related functions. The high-resolution, tablet-style screen recreates the operational premise of modern smart devices for intuitive, and safe, system navigation with Android Auto/ Apple CarPlay offered as standard. The system retains physical buttons for operating volume and temperate control to ensure distraction-free driving. Connecting the driver to the WRX is a small-diameter flat-bottomed, leather-wrapped steering wheel with multifunction buttons for instant control of the audio system, voice recognition and the EyeSight® Driver-Assist system. The seats on the all-new WRX have been reworked to offer a balance of comfort and support. The front and rear seats on the WRX models feature 3-stage heating for increased warmth – and whiplash-reducing structures better safety. There’s an 8-way powered driver’s seat with additional lumbar support and all seats are clad in a luxurious soft-touch Ultrasuede® trim which is both comfortable and resilient.
The beating heart of the 2022 Subaru WRX is the new 2.4-litre, 4-cylinder turbocharged horizontally-opposed Boxer® petrol engine. It delivers 202kW (+5kW) at 5,600rpm and a wide torque band of 350Nm between 2,000 and 5,200rpm. There are 2 derivatives available in the line-up: the WRX Manual and the WRX tS ES. In the Manual derivative, the 2.4-litre Boxer® engine is joined to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The WRX tS ES derivative brings with it the newly-developed 8-speed Subaru Performance Transmission (SPT) that is up to 50% faster than before. Subaru’s WRX tS ES derivative is also fitted as standard with the Si-Drive Performance Management system that allows drivers to tap into the multi-faceted driving mode setup of this premium sports sedan.
Subaru WRX line-up and pricing
- Subaru WRX 2.4DIT Manual R759 000
- Subaru WRX 2.4DIT tS ES CVT R859 000
Each Subaru WRX model is sold with a 3yr/75 000km Maintenance Plan and a 5yr/150 000km Warranty.