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Subaru WRX 2021: When the new Hyundai i30 N and Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo rival will go on sale revealed

An artist’s impression of the new WRX, which will enter showrooms in the not-too-distant future. (Image credit: Best Car Web)

It’s no secret Subaru has a new-generation WRX sports car on the way, and now we finally know when the all-wheel-drive hero will go on sale.

CarsGuide understands the Hyundai i30 N and Mazda3 2.5 Turbo rival is currently scheduled to enter Australian showrooms in the fourth quarter of next year, at least six months after its expected reveal in April.

Of course, the next WRX will eventually be joined by a new-generation WRX STI, although it reportedly won’t be revealed until exactly a year after its little brother, pointing to a local release by the end of 2022.

So, what’s in store for both models? Well, the WRX and WRX STI are both rumoured to switch to a 2.4-litre turbo-petrol boxer four-cylinder engine, with the former expected to produce more than 220kW of power, while the latter will likely develop about 300kW.

For reference, the current 2.0-litre WRX makes 197kW, while the existing 2.5-litre WRX STI manages 221kW. The former is available with a six-speed manual or a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), while the latter only comes with the three-pedal set-up.

Furthermore, the WRX and WRX STI should both move to the now-ubiquitous Subaru Global Platform (SGP), which brings with it several performance upgrades, including adaptive dampers that would add further adjustability to their drive modes.

With just over six months to go until the next WRX’s reveal, there’s sure to be plenty more information to come, so stay tuned for the latest news.