The Impreza has been Subaru’s best known car for decades. It is also the car that started the high performance sedan craze thanks to the WRX and WRX STI. Throughout the years things changed and the two high performance versions of the Impreza became standalone models. This also meant that Subaru was no longer required to update the cars together with the regular model. This has been the case for a while. In fact while the Impreza has been completely revised last year, both the WRX and WRX STI remained mostly unchanged. Subaru even went ahead to say that the two cars are unique cars which require a development cycle.
Even though it became clear a new WRX won’t be released anytime soon, it seems the car might be revealed with the 2019 Subaru WRX. Like with the regular Impreza, the new WRX is more than likely going to use the same platform as the new Impreza.
The car will benefit from the 70 to 100% increased rigidity and lower center of gravity. However, the WRX will get a bespoke running gear, a new engine and an upgraded interior. The end result should be a far superior model to the one before it. The price is more than likely going to stay roughly the same as before in order to remain competitive.
2019 Subaru WRX Design
The 2019 Subaru WRX will definitely keep true to its origins, so it will still be based on the Impreza. In the front the car will benefit from Impreza’s wider body and lower front end. If we had to guess then a hood scoop together with a front splitter are already a given at this point.
The car should also receive larger wheels than the base model, wider fenders in the front as well as new headlights. The end result should look like an evolution of the current car than anything else.
Inside the cabin
So far all versions of the WRX lacked the interior to match its European rivals. This is not going to be true anymore. The car will receive a new dashboard with a much better layout than before. The materials will be far superior as well and together with the WRX’s upgraded equipment over the stock Impreza, it should be quite impressive.
We expect standard sports seats with larger side bolsters, a new instrument cluster, Subaru’s larger infotainment system as standard and as an extra, the usual additional gauges are likely going to be added to the new dashboard to keep it true to its roots.
Subaru WRX Video
2019 Subaru WRX Specs
Like we said, the 2019 Subaru WRX is going to receive a new running gear. It will get new shocks, springs and brakes. While the new Impreza has been tweaked for comfort, the WRX will be tweaked for both comfort and high speed driving and its suspension will have to cope with a lot more power as well. The engine under the hood of the 2019 WRX will likely remain a 2 liter flat-four unit. It still is unclear if Subaru will stick to the current FA engine. If they’ll do then expect the 2019 model of the car to provide right around the current 268 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque which is actually more than enough for most. A 6 speed manual is most likely going to remain standard while the all wheel drive system might be upgraded with new electronic differentials, similar to those on the new STI. On top of that, the CVT is likely going to be gone. In its place Subaru might develop a dual-clutch transmission to use in all of their future models. Unfortunately though, this hasn’t been confirmed but it would make a lot of sense to replace the aging CVT technology with something not only more modern but also more reliable and fun.
|2019 Subaru WRX|
|Engine And Transmission|
|Power/torque||305 hp/290 lb-ft|
|0-60 mph||4.6 sec.|
|Top speed||160 mph|