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2022 Subaru WRX delayed! New Volkswagen Golf R rival's release date pushed back ahead of big reveal later this year

The new WRX will probably look similar to this artist’s impression. (Image credit: Kolesa)

The fifth-generation Subaru WRX’s Australian launch has been delayed, although the new sports sedan is still set to make its eagerly anticipated international debut in the coming months.

As reported, the WRX was scheduled to enter local showrooms in the fourth quarter of this year, although Subaru Australia is now understood to be expecting a release date in the first quarter of 2022.

That said, the sports sedan’s reveal remains on track for later this year, with it widely rumoured to be unveiled in Japan in August. If this holds true, fans of the performance icon won’t have to wait much longer for all the juicy details.

In the meantime, the rumour mill has given us a good, albeit unofficial, idea of what to expect, with the WRX expected to be motivated by a new 2.4-litre turbo-petrol boxer four-cylinder engine with around 220kW of power.

For reference, the fourth-generation’s sports sedan’s 2.0-litre unit develops 197kW.

Naturally, Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel-drive system will in tow for the new WRX, likely alongside two transmission options: a six-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Furthermore, the sports sedan is all but confirmed to use the now-ubiquitous Subaru Global Platform (SGP), which brings with it several performance upgrades, including adaptive dampers that would add further adjustability to its drive modes.

Of course, the WRX will form the basis of the new WRX STI, which is expected to up power to about 300kW while forgoing the CVT option for just the traditional three-pedal set-up.

Stay tuned for the next chapter in the WRX story, with Subaru Australia having just sold its 50,000th of the performance icon, which burst onto the local scene in 1994.