Subaru WRX Will Be Designed More Track-Oriented For 2019


The Subaru WRX started out in life as the Impreza, which found fame on the World Rally Championship back in the 90’s, under the control of the legend that was Colin McRae.

It quickly became known as a bit of a hooligans auto; it was relatively cheap, fast, produced big horsepower and handled well. And it could be tuned, properly tuned – 600+ BHP was relatively easy to find.

As time went on, the Impreza turned in to the Impreza WRX (and the WRX STi), which is the model designation we currently have.

What can we expect for the next gen model year?

According to a senior engineer at Subaru, we shouldn’t expect anything significant from Subaru for a number of years; perhaps even as late as 2020, but it’s more than likely that we’ll see the next gen Subaru WRX in the late part of 2018, as a 2019 model year.

Given that we’re still a long way off the release of the new WRX, and that we don’t think that Subaru themselves have finalized the spec, we can only take an educated guess at the price for the 2019 WRX; current model starts at $27,515, so regardless of specification, it will have to be in that ballpark. We think that $28,000 sounds right.

Radical Change

The 2019 model year Subaru WRX will get a significant change, more than just a facelift, it will be next generation. This starts underneath; the new WRX will be based on Subaru’s new global platform, which should give a slight decrease in weight and allow for different geometry/suspension mounting points.

The current WRX has been criticized for the harsh ride (but we think that’s the nature of the beast), but Subaru will no doubt use the new platform to try and improve the suspension set up; it needs to be firm but compliant, whereas the current gen is just firm.

Subaru WRX hatchback

The previous generation WRX was available as a hatchback, which was unusual for the car series, traditionally performed as sedans. Nevertheless, we could expect the fully redesigned hatchback version of the WRX as well.


WRX STi version of the car is a bit different – that is extreme track-oriented version with a high boost turbocharged engine. Mainly for racing/rallying enthusiasts, this car is not so suitable for everyday driving. Maybe the next generation car will improve this situation.

Likely The Same Engine

It’s doubtful that we’ll see anything significant happening under the hood; the motor fitted works well – it has plenty of punch (268 BHP and 258 lb/ft of torque) and delivers reasonable gas mileage – what more can you ask for?

Equipment Fitted

Equipment fitted will be the usual array of Subaru tech; Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, Vehicle Dynamics Control with Active Torque Vectoring, Subaru StarLink Multimedia and Security, Sirius XM satellite radio, Subaru EyeSight driver assistance technology, including blind spot detection and rear cross traffic alerts.
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The new WRX is likely to be more track oriented, rather than a rally car you can buy. That probably means better handling on asphalt and a bit more comfort.

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