Subaru teases next-gen WRX variants in both sedan and wagon form


The WRX moniker is synonymous with Subaru’s high-performance racing machines, powered by a powerful turbocharged flat four-boxer engine, all-wheel drive and four-door. 

Last week, Motor Image Pilipinas, the sole distributor of Subaru Philippines, launched the next-generation WRX model, in both sedan and wagon form, hoping to energize the brand and its vehicles. enthusiasts after the launch of the latest model BRZ in April. 

Tan Chong International CEO Glenn Tan said the Philippines is the first market to receive and sell both vehicles in the ASEAN region. “The all-new WRX is here to arouse all your senses. From the stunning exterior and premium interior to the sporty sound and powerful performance of the new 2.4-liter turbocharged boxer engine, with enhanced exhaust odors and thrilling handling, the WRX delivers a raw driving experience that makes burning rubber enjoyable. I am confident that the all-new WRX and WRX Wagon will completely awaken your senses and remain crowd favorites loved by Subaru enthusiasts here,” he said. 

The design language of both cars follows Subaru’s ‘Concept “Dynamic x Solid” design language, but with a “bolder” emphasis, with styling that resembles that of the Viziv STI Performance. and Viziv concept. The most prominent feature of the WRX sedan is the black cladding around the front and rear bumpers, as well as the side fenders, emphasizing the toughness and sportiness to match the ability to operate on the road and its terrain.

 C-shaped headlights,  hexagonal honeycomb grille, a large air intake on the hood to provide for linked cooling, wide fenders, trunk trim and trunk Small black rear, BRZ-inspired C-shaped taillights, towering rear bumper and 18-inch black aluminum alloy wheels, as well as four exhaust pipes below the diffuser define the berlin e’s appearance. WRX, a gathering performance machine. 

The Wagon, though still known as the Levorg in Japan, sports the same design language as the sedan, retaining the aggressive  C-shaped headlights and hood, but the rest has been built in a sleek design. than without black coating. Designed more like a touring car than a performance machine, the WRX Wagon features elongated C-shaped taillights with a glossy black outline in the center, below the Subaru badging. Dual exhaust pipes are implemented on four-pipe units to represent the touring nature of the wagon. While the WRX Sedan rolls on wide 245/40 R18 tires, the Wagon uses narrower 225/45 R18 tires. 

Both the sedan and wagon are the first models to use the company’s new Subaru Global Platform, which improves stiffness and handling as well as ride comfort and safety. Subaru’s Vehicle Dynamics Control system also includes a Track Mode for both models for those looking for fun on the track, and together with the sport-tuned suspension, it provides the ability to nimble handling that matches the WRX, regardless of body type. 

Both models are powered by Subaru’s FA24F engine, a turbocharged version of the 2.4L FA24  flat-four producing 275 hp at 5600 rpm and 350 Nm of torque at 2000. -5200 rpm, combined with a 6-speed manual transmission (for  WRX sedan Only) or  CVT (for both models). 

Since Subaru is also synonymous with safety, the new Eyesight 4.0 safety kit is installed on both models (except for the 6-speed manual model), which debuted on the Forester 2022  last April, with a control system. Adaptive cruise control with collision and lane positioning functions. front brake with automatic emergency steering, pre-collision throttle management, lane departure warning with lane departure warning and engine start warning for the lead vehicle. 

 WRX also features a Driver Monitoring System to detect if the driver is drowsy, tired, or distracted and alert the driver. Other safety features include an array of airbags, reinforced annular frames, steering-sensitive headlights and a rearview camera,  CVT variant adds high beam assist,  automatic braking in gear reverse and detect vehicles behind. 

The new WRX models are tS trim – short for ‘tuned by STI’, which offers more controls and modes through Select Drive Mode to suit the driver, aiming to deliver the same feel. enjoyable driving. Both WRX tS models also feature a pink STI logo on the steering wheel, a red illuminated speedometer ring, and a tS badging on the trunk lid. The tS models are only available by return order. 

WRX sedan models start at P2,508,000 for the six-speed manual, P2,658,000 for the base CVT model, and P808,000 for the CVT tS. Wagon models start at P2,558,000 for the base CVT version and P2,708,000 for the tS CVT model.

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