Get ready to set your clocks, because Subaru has confirmed exactly when the highly anticipated next-generation WRX sports sedan will be revealed.
Come 6:00am (AEDT) on Friday, August 20, the new WRX will make its international debut at the New York motor show, with the event to broadcast via a livestream.
To accompany this announcement, Subaru released a second image of the upcoming Toyota GR Yaris and Volkswagen Golf R rival as well as a 45-second video, which can be seen here.
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Both teasers show the fresh WRX enthusiastically driving in the dirt, although glimpses of its optional orange paintwork with contrasting gloss-black trim, familiar side profile, wheels, brakes and traditional tachometer can be seen.
As reported, the next WRX’s Australian launch was recently delayed, with it now expected to enter showrooms in the first quarter of next year.
At this stage, little else is official about the new WRX, but the rumour mill has given us a good idea of what to expect, with it all but confirmed to be motivated by a fresh 2.4-litre turbo-petrol boxer four-cylinder engine with around 220kW of power. For reference, the fourth-generation sports sedan’s 2.0-litre unit develops 197kW.
Naturally, Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel-drive system will in tow for the next WRX, likely alongside two transmission options: a six-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Furthermore, the fifth-generation sports sedan is set 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 new WRX will form the basis of the next WRX STI, which is expected to up power to about 300kW while forgoing the CVT option for just the traditional three-pedal set-up.