Preorders have opened for the fifth-generation WRX, which will be available as a traditional sedan or a more practical ‘Sportswagon’
Subaru Australia has today announced the WRX Sportswagon will be priced from $49,990 before on-road costs.
The WRX Sportswagon, known in previous-generation form as the Levorg in Australia, will be now sold alongside the WRX sports sedan in dealerships. Both shapes of 2022 WRX are now available for preorder by Australian customers ahead of a May release date.
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Subaru will offer the WRX Sportswagon in a choice of three grades consisting of the entry-level Sport, mid-spec AWD GT Sport and range-topping tS Sport.
Armed with a more affordable purchase price than many of its rivals, the WRX Sportswagon will face off against a shrinking pool of performance wagons including the Skoda Octavia RS and Volkswagen Golf R.
While WRX sedan buyers will have the choice of either a six-speed manual or eight-step continuously variant transmission (CVT) the WRX Sportswagon is available exclusively with the automatic option, contributing to the $5,000 more expensive starting price.
When comparing the automatic-equipped WRX sedan to the WRX Sportswagon, the added practicality of the long-roof body style adds $1,000 to the purchase price.
The MY20 Subaru Levorg was priced from $37,240 with the 125kW 1.6-litre flat-four engine, but the more powerful 197kW 2.0-litre was priced at $50,390 – meaning the new model represents a $400 cheaper price of entry for those seeking a high-performance wagon.
All WRX models are fitted with the FA24 2.4-litre flat-four engine producing 202kW of power at 5600rpm and 350Nm of torque from 2,000 – 5,200rpm which is sent to the ground via an all-wheel-drive system.
The outputs represent a 5kW power increase and the same torque when compared to the outgoing Levorg, but Subaru says the newer and larger engine offers more usable grunt throughout the rev range.
The most significant change to the fifth-generation WRX range is the switch to the Subaru Global Platform which offers a 14 percent increase in front lateral rigidity and 28 percent in overall torsional rigidity when compared to the outgoing WRX.
A complete list of inclusions will be released closer to the WRX Sportswagon’s launch in the coming months but Subaru has confirmed a 11.6-inch vertical touchscreen will be fitted as standard.
The unit, which first made its debut in the Subaru Outback, offers wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and will likely be paired with navigation on higher grades.
All models will come standard with dual-zone climate control and front bucket seats.
Subaru will offer the range-topping WRX Sportswagon tS with adaptive dampers paired to several driving models to adjust the wagon’s driving behaviour on the fly.
All WRX Sportswagon models will come fitted with Subaru’s updated EyeSight driver assistance safety technology which includes AEB, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, speed sign recognition and autonomous emergency steering.
Subaru says select grades will also receive its driver monitoring system that can detect when a driver is fatigued or distracted and warn them accordingly.
More information will be available closer to the official launch in May.
All prices listed are before on-road costs.
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