Double trouble: Subaru adds WRX Sportswagon to local line-up
Friday 15th October, 2021 - 9:04am
Subaru already had performance car fans excited by the arrival of the new generation WRX, but now there’s another reason to be looking forward to 2022 – the WRX Sportswagon.
The Japanese brand confirmed overnight the addition of a more practical body-style to the WRX range, but still with the same rally-bred performance. The WRX Sportswagon effectively replaces the Levorg in the line-up, but instead of offering different powertrains to the WRX sedan, the new Sportswagon will be mechanically matching.
That means a 2.4-litre four-cylinder turbocharged boxer engine, making 202kW of power and 350Nm of torque. However, it will only be available with Subaru’s ‘eight-speed performance transmission’ – which is actually a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with eight ‘stepped gears’ – missing out on the six-speed manual in the WRX.
It’s built on the same Subaru Global Platform as the WRX sedan with all-wheel drive. It also features matching styling, as well as 18-inch alloy wheels and the same suite of active safety in the brand’s ‘EyeSight’ package.
Subaru Australia general manager, Blair Read, said the addition of the WRX Sportswagon will only add to the appeal of the brand’s long-running hero model when they
“The WRX is a true rally-bred vehicle that has earned an iconic status over the decades, and the all-new WRX promises to deliver a thrilling experience to drivers,” Read said.
“The WRX Sportswagon offers Australians an additional version of this performance machine with enhanced practicality for everyday use.”