This is our very first look at the next-generation Subaru WRX 2022. Unfortunately, this one doesn’t look much different from the previous model. To be honest, we couldn’t blame anyone who thinks the car in the pictures is nothing more than a slightly more extensive facelift.
At the front, the new WRX has a slightly flatter nose with a hood that is pulled down a little further. You can see a hexagonal grille with a cross brace in the upper area. The grid has large, oval-shaped openings. There are relatively slim air inlets in the lower area of the bumper. There are also small fog lights in the corners. The main headlights are relatively narrow.
In the side view, you can see relatively large window areas. The slightly flared front fenders, which have ventilation slots behind the wheels, are a little difficult to see. The rear wheel arches are also wider.
A slight increase can be seen on the trunk lid. A spoiler may be hidden here. The taillights look more angled and playful than on the current WRX. The rear bumper has vertical outlets on each side. Probably more for design reasons. The four tailpipes are in principle a must.
According to reports, the new WRX will use a variant of the FA24 2.4-liter turbo four-cylinder boxer. Subaru already offers this engine in the Ascent, Legacy, and Outback (in the States and Japan at least). There he developed 260 hp and 376 Nm. For the sportier model, there could be some upgrades to increase output. According to rumors, the upcoming WRX STI will get 400 hp out of the unit.
According to a 2019 report, the new WRX should debut in late 2020. However, that was before COVID-19 overturned various schedules in the auto industry. Now an official presentation in 2021 seems more realistic. The WRX is unlikely to come to Germany again. How it looks with the next WRX STI remains to be seen.