2022 Subaru WRX debuts with a new motor & platform

By Divyank Kushagra Bansal | on September 14, 2021

Subaru's refreshed off-road weapon is expected to make its commercial debut sometime in early 2022.

Subaru's pulled the wraps off the 2022 WRX, and while the new fifth-generation model may look familiar to its predecessor, it houses all-new innards, the most significant of which is a bigger boxer engine and a new platform. The use of the new Subaru Global Platform allows for better safety levels, improved driving dynamics, and reduced Noise, Vibration, and Harshness (NVH) levels.

2022 Subaru WRX 2 4 Engine

For 2022, the WRX gets a new 2.4-litre flat-four turbocharged boxer engine. In comparison, the previous generation was on sale with a 2.0-litre unit. The new unit develops 267bhp @ 5,600rpm and 350Nm of torque from 2,000 to 5,200rpm, which is about 3bhp more than before. Apart from the displacement gains, the 2022 WRX also benefits from a turbo with an electronically controlled wastegate for improved responsiveness and acceleration.

To keep enthusiasts satisfied, the new motor comes paired with either a conventional six-speed manual gearbox or a new Subaru Performance Transmission, which is essentially a CVT unit that also offers an eight-speed manual shift mode via paddles. Irrespective of the engine-gearbox combination, all variants of the WRX will be offered with Subaru's famed symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive and Active Torque Vectoring systems.

2022 Subaru WRX Dashboard

Inside the cabin, passengers will be greeted by an all-new 11.6-inch tablet-style HD Subaru Starlink infotainment screen, that, for the first time ever, offers a split-screen configuration.

Also new for 2022 is the addition of a top-spec GT trim. Apart from featuring the new CVT gearbox as standard, the new trim also offers electronically controlled dampers with three settings – Comfort, Normal, and Sport – and a Drive Mode Select feature, which offers up to 430 different configurations for vehicle settings.

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