Mon. Dec 6th, 2021

The new generation of the Subaru Levorg car will reach Australia next year with the WRX sedan’s name on the tailgate and its 200kW turbo engine under the bonnet.

Alex Misoyannis

That Subaru WRX wagon returns to Australian showrooms between April and June 2022 after a 15-year break, with the introduction of 2022 Subaru WRX Sports Car.

If the styling of Australia’s new WRX Sportswagon seems familiar, it’s because the vehicle debuted globally in Japan more than a year ago, branded as second generation version of Levorg – a nameplate present in Subaru Australia showrooms since 2016 on the direct predecessor to the 2022 WRX.

While the new WRX Sportswagon looks almost identical to Japan’s new Levorg, the adoption of the legendary WRX name should help increase sales of the sporty car that has so far been marketed under the niche Levorg nameplate, and attracted between 22 and 55 percent of the WRX sedan’s sales volumes.

But with the iconic nameplate follows the heart of the WRX sedan, as both the sedan and Sportswagon body styles will share the same potent 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder ‘boxer engine’ – a significant upgrade over the Japanese Levorg’s 130kW / 300Nm 1.8-liter turbo four-cylinder.

Output to the Australian market has yet to be confirmed, though Subaru Australia says it will be “more powerful” than the outgoing WRX and Levorgs 197kW and 350Nm – suggesting numbers close or matching 202kW / 350Nm of WRX models in the US market.

While the WRX sedan will offer a choice of six-speed manual or CVT automatically transmissions (with eight simulated ‘key figures’), the Sportswagon will be available exclusively with the CVT, which is officially labeled ‘Subaru Performance Transmission’. Four-wheel drive is standard on both models.

Above: Japan’s Subaru Levorg STI Sport (pictured in black)

Final specifications will be confirmed closer to launch, but LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, an 11.6-inch central touch screen and sports seats at the front will likely be standard across most or all sedan and Sportswagon variants.

A package of EyeSight active safety technology will be standard in cars equipped with the CVT automatic transmission. Using overseas models as a guide, you can expect features to include autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring and driver attention monitoring.

Meanwhile, a Drive Mode Select system (linked to adaptive dampers and variable control) is offered on “selected” variants.

The sedan and wagon differ in their styling-contrasting body styles to the side — with the sedan featuring rugged (and controversial) black wheel arch extensions not mounted on the Sportswagon.

Above: Subaru WRX sedan on the US market.

While Subaru says the images released as part of the message – and embedded in much of this story – are not representative of Australia-bound models, the WRX Sportswagon bears the image ‘tS’ (or ‘tuned by STI’) tag on the tailgate – suggesting that a sporty flagship variant is on its way with unique design and performance.

“The WRX Sportswagon will be a model in itself, with both the sedan and the Sportswagon with unique specifications tailored to their respective audiences,” said Blair Read, Subaru Australia general manager, in a statement.

That 2022 Subaru WRX Sports Car will arrive in Australia in second quarter of 2022 (April to June) along with its new generation sedan counterpart.

Prices and specifications will be announced closer to launch, however, increases for sedan and wagon bodies are expected over the current WRX and 2.0-liter turbo Levorg, respectively, priced from $ 40,990 to $ 50,490 before costs on the way to the former, or $ 50,990 to $ 53,240 before costs on the way to the latter.

Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed to Drive in 2018 before joining CarAdvice in 2019 and became a regular contributing journalist to the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flipping through car magazines as a youngster, to growing up around performance cars in a car-loving family.

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