New Subaru WRX performance saloon teased: price, specs and release date

John Tallodi
June 30, 2021

Subaru has just released its first teaser image of its upcoming turbocharged WRX. This highly anticipated model is expected to debut soon. Read on for all you need to know so far.

  • New Subaru WRX teased
  • Debut expected late 2021 or early 2022
  • Slightly larger then current car
  • New interior with upgraded infotainment
  • 260hp+ flat-four engine
  • Price likely to increase
  • UK sales unconfirmed

A new Subaru WRX is cause for excitement, especially since most rally-inspired performance saloons (such as the Mitsubishi Evolution) have disappeared from showrooms. Subaru has revealed a new teaser image showing the new car before it’s officially revealed later in 2021 or in 2022.

New Subaru WRX design

This gloomy image is your first look at the new Subaru WRX

The lines on the teaser pic are instantly recognisable as one of Subaru’s hotter turbocharged WRX models. The trademark bonnet scoop is still evident and you can just make out a set of boxy wheel arches and a small lip spoiler on the bootlid.

This Subaru Viziv concept from 2017 could inspire the new WRX’s design

It’s possible the new WRX will take inspiration from the Subaru Viziv concept from 2017. Don’t expect the concept’s vast alloy wheels to reach production unchanged, but elements of the Viziv’s bumpers and headlight design could find homes on the new WRX.

New Subaru WRX interior

The new WRX will probably borrow the latest Outback’s infotainment tech, shown here…

Nothing has been officially revealed of the interior just yet, but you can expect a variation of Subaru’s latest cabin design, such as the one in the new Subaru Outback (shown above.)

That means the WRX will probably get a large portrait 11.6-inch infotainment screen and, possibly, a configurable digital driver display. The usual supportive WRX sports seats and red trim accents should help the new car’s interior stand out from the cabins in Subaru’s less sporty models.

New Subaru WRX engines and driving

The new WRX may use a turbocharged version of the latest BRZ’s 2.4-litre engine

The old WRX came fitted with a 2.0-litre turbocharged flat-four engine producing around 268hp. This motor was a development of the naturally aspirated unit currently used in the Subaru BRZ. The new model may use a turbocharged development of the 2.4-litre flat-four engine in the upcoming BRZ.

Watch this hot-hatch showdown video

No figures have been revealed just yet, but you should see at least 260hp for the WRX to stay competitive with the current crop of turbocharged four-cylinder hatches and saloons (such as those in the video above.) A manual gearbox and all-wheel drive should be standard and a more powerful WRX STI model is expected as well.

New Subaru WRX price and release date

No official pricing has been announced yet, although if the WRX does make it to the UK it could cost from around £35,000. This would make it an interesting alternative to the £33,525 VW Golf GTI and £34,415 Honda Civic Type R. The Subaru WRX is expected to officially debut later in 2021.

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