Design

Introducing the all new WRX

Style and performance come together seamlessly in the new fourth generation WRX. No other car drives like it because no other car is built like it. With its combination of aggressive design, performance enhancing technologies and a one-of-a-kind Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive™ system at its core, pure power is now in your control.

“The new WRX has ballerina-like poise and an air of sharpness its peers can aspire to. If this is so sorted, we're itching to feel what the STI will be like”

Brenwin Naidu

Superior handling

The WRX’s handling has been forged in the brutal terrain of rally and has now reached new heights of precision, responsiveness and engagement. A new chassis design, improved aerodynamics and a quicker steering ratio has all contributed to the impressive level of agility and handling of this legend.



Aggressive modern body style

The new generation exterior styling is designed to turn heads and quicken heartbeats. This aggressive design not only improves performance, but also practicality and safety. The new design resulted in an even lower centre of gravity for improved control and the shifting of the A-frame provides a bigger interior and more rounded look.



Performance meets practicality

With 197kW of power and vehicle dynamics control with active torque vectoring, the new WRX is the ultimate performance car. Couple this with the practicality offered by the larger interior, added creature features and a 460l boot capacity, and you have the perfect combination for everyday challenges.



Purposeful body design

The modern, refined and aggressive design not only represents the ultimate sports car but also contributes to more precise handling, improved fuel consumption and the overall safety of the new WRX.


Hands always on the wheel

The leather-wrapped, multi-function steering wheel features controls for audio, Bluetooth hands free and cruise control, meaning both hands can remain on the wheel as often as possible.

Uniquely adventurous wheels

Giving the Subaru WRX a distinct look, stylishly adventurous wheels come standard in 18” black alloy rims.

  • Leather interior

    The roomier, more luxurious, jet-black interior offers chrome accents, performance-designed leather sports seats with red stitching and a leather-wrapped, D-shaped, sports’ steering wheel.

  • High Beam assist HID headlamps

    For increased awareness and visibility, the WRX features High Beam Assist (HBA). HBA can automatically toggle between high and low beams depending on road conditions such as speed and oncoming traffic, enhancing visibility for you, and other drivers as well.

  • Keyless entry and push-button starting

    Full keyless access with push-button starting means operating your WRX is that much simpler. Enter by simply grabbing the door handle and lock with the slightest touch of your finger – while your keys stay safe on your person.

  • Auto light and rain sensor

    Automatic light-sensing headlights and rain-sensing wipers means the Subaru WRX takes care of the small things for you.

  • Auto climate control

    Auto climate control comes standard and allows individualised air conditioning settings. You choose the temperature and your WRX will maintain it for you.

  • Electro-luminescent sport dials

    The electro-luminescent and sporty instrument cluster provides improved visibility and a more three-dimensional feel. The red lighting with 4 needles were also maintained from previous models.

  • MFD with boost gauge

    Various key information is immediately accessible via a 4.3” multi-function display unit, including a boost pressure gauge to keep tabs on your turbocharger.

  • Quad exhaust outlet

    Combined with the bumper design, the extended tail pipe length provides an impressive rear shape suitable for a true sports sedan.



Safety

Dedicated to safety

As with all Subaru vehicles, the Subaru WRX subscribes to the brand’s unrelenting pursuit of ultimate vehicle safety. The WRX received a five-star rating from ANCAP and Subaru is also the only manufacturer in the world whose entire vehicle range has been awarded the Top Safety pick rating from the IIHS, which make them some of the safest vehicles on the planet.

Remarkably more refined than any WRX before, yet still swift and agile enough to justify its performance car billing

Lance Branquinho – Top Gear

Safety equipment in every direction

From bumper to bumper, the Subaru WRX is loaded with safety equipment. The body has been designed around Subaru’s Ring-Shaped Reinforcement™ principle, a design which allows all other safety systems to provide ultimate passenger protection, including seven airbags, ISOFIX child seat anchors and three-point seat belts.


Electronic safety aids

With the likes of ABS with EBD and Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) with Active Torque Vectoring (ATV), the Subaru WRX is always on high alert to keep you on the road – be it tarmac or dirt.

Brakes

The Subaru WRX’s structure is also designed to take as much of the impact away from occupants as possible. Crumple zones, strategic chassis reinforcement and the addition of high-tensile steel aid in reducing impact forces.

Designed to reduce impact

When an accident is inevitable, the Subaru WRX’s collapsible drivetrain has been designed to drop down beneath the vehicle, minimising its potential impact with- and intrusion into the cabin.


Subaru's Safety History

WRX Crash Test



Technology

Subaru’s core technology

Subaru prides itself on being unique in the automotive world in that its vehicles make use of incredibly special technology, which not only gives them a unique presence but also provides inherent benefits to safety, fuel economy and driving enjoyment.

For the money, you’re getting a well-equipped, spacious, practical (massive boot) and quick family sedan – exactly what a Subaru WRX should be

David Taylor – Cars.co.za


Direct Injection Boxer® turbo engine

Unique to the Subaru brand, every Subaru vehicle is powered by a Boxer® engine. Nicknamed so due to the punching action of its horizontally-opposed pistons, Boxer® engine design results not only in superior power delivery and the typical Subaru thrum in the exhaust note, but also a smooth, balanced drive, playing perfectly into the hands of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive™.

A totally new engine for the WRX gives it more of everything. Advanced direct injection technology makes it more efficient and peak torque comes on more quickly for responsiveness that is easily accessible in any driving environment.



Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive™

A Subaru hallmark, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive™ realises a completely symmetrical drivetrain, with power being split between the front and rear axles, as well as the left and right sides of the car. Managed electronically, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive™ is also able to determine exactly how much power each individual wheel receives, ensuring that the wheels with the most grip receive the power.


Active Torque Vectoring

This new technology helps make handling more precise, whilst allowing you to push your vehicle closer to the limit. As you enter a corner and lateral g-forces take hold, the system can route power to select wheels to help you keep your intended line. This means that your WRX responds to your steering input more immediately.



SI-DRIVE™

Fitted to the WRX Sports Lineartronic® CVT model, Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE) provides you with different driving modes to suit your mood and conditions. Save fuel in Intelligent mode or sharpen up response in Sport# - Pure Power in your Control.


Sports Lineartronic® CVT

Paired with SI-Drive, fitted with paddle shifters and boasting two different manual modes, the highly responsive Sports Lineartronic® available on the WRX, is a quick shifting transmission linked to an AWD system that sends more power to the rear wheels for sportier handling.