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First glimpse of Subaru’s new WRX

- – Callum Hunter

Subaru America has once again teased the world, this time with a global-first snippet of the newgenerat­ion WRX as the countdown begins to the performanc­e sedan’s official reveal at the New York Internatio­nal Auto Show.

Although it is due to be unveiled on August 19, the new WRX is not expected to land Down Under until early next year, with the delay attributed to a global microchip shortage.

Subaru America last week launched a dedicated WRX landing page on its website with a countdown and 45-second teaser video.

The clip actually reveals very little about the car – not unexpected­ly – with the audience only ever catching snippets of the all-paw rally icon up close, although there are plenty of panning longshots filmed both from ground level and the air.

In keeping with its rally heritage, the WRX’S teaser clip was shot on a dried-up lake bed, ensuring plenty of dynamic-looking and, more importantl­y, camouflagi­ng dust was stirred up.

From the few titbits of close-up footage, we can see the WRX will debut a new orange and black hero colour scheme not dissimilar to the one seen on the third-generation Club Specs.

As predicted by the dozens of renderings and apparent spy shots that have been circulatin­g for more than six months, the new look has taken on a sleeker design compared with the current version, with the roofline sweeping down more gently to the boot.

Purists might lament the omission of a lairy rear wing or even anything more than the subtle lip spoiler shown in the clip, however generously proportion­ed exhaust tips can clearly be seen below the rear bumper – we expect there to be a matching set on the other side.

Whereas the current model has body-coloured side skirts and wheel arches, the new WRX looks to be going down a more contrastin­g route, with black side skirts, wheelarche­s and lower section of the rear bumper.

Whether or not these turn out to be Suv-style cladding or imitation carbon remains to be seen, but it should help to instil a new level of muscularit­y to the overall package, especially in conjunctio­n with the black wheels.

Rumours have been swirling for almost a year now as to what will be powering the fifth-gen ‘Rex’ and what the final kilowatt count will be.

The most likely candidate is a turbocharg­ed version of the new BRZ’S 2.4-litre flat four-banger, tipped by some outlets to develop about 215kw.

Whatever the final figure ends up being, it is a safe bet that it will be more than the current model’s 197kw350Nm 2.0-litre, while the new mill should also be more efficient.

Drive will undoubtedl­y be channelled to all four wheels, by either a six-speed manual or continuous­lyvariable transmissi­on depending on customer preference.

Subaru Australia national corporate affairs manager David Rowley said there had already been ‘huge’ interest in the new WRX despite the fact it was still more than six months away.

“WRX has long been a magnet for Subaru fans and performanc­e enthusiast­s generally,” he said.

It could be a WRX double delight for Subaru fans when the new version does finally arrive Down Under, with Mr Rowley having previously hinted at the return of a five-door version in the near future.

At the launch of the sixth-gen Outback earlier this year, it was revealed the Levorg wagon would be morphing ‘into something slightly different in our market’ compared with the Japanese versions.

“What you see in Japan at the moment cosmetical­ly will give you some clues, what you see in Japan in terms of specificat­ion varies quite considerab­ly from what we will get here,” Mr Rowley told Goauto at the time.

“I would perhaps refer to it as a ‘turbocharg­ed performanc­e wagon’, not necessaril­y as ‘Levorg’.”

He had nothing more to add when quizzed on the topic again this week, saying Subaru Australia hoped ‘to have some news on the Levorg replacemen­t in the not too distant future’.

“It’ll be worth the wait,” he said.

 ??  ?? AUSTRALIA BOUND: The new-generation Subaru WRX is expected to arrive Down Under early next year.
AUSTRALIA BOUND: The new-generation Subaru WRX is expected to arrive Down Under early next year.

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