We’ll have to wait a little longer to see Subaru’s rally hero, as its August 19 reveal has been put on hold – with new timing not yet clear.
The global unveiling of the 2022 Subaru WRX has been delayed, with new timing for the next-generation rally hero’s reveal now unclear.
First reported by online publication Carscoops, the WRX was initially slated for reveal at the New York motor show on Thursday 19 August, US time (or early Friday morning in Australia), but the show’s cancellation in recent weeks following a new COVID-19 outbreak has seen the Subaru sedan’s unveiling placed on hold – with no new reveal date announced.
“We have not confirmed when information about WRX or the next Wilderness model will be released due to the cancellation of [the New York International Auto Show]”, a Subaru USA spokesperson told Carscoops.
A representative for Subaru Australia confirmed the August 19 reveal won’t happen, but couldn’t provide any further detail on when the covers will come off the new WRX, telling Drive that the brand’s local arm has yet to be advised by its global headquarters when the car will be revealed.
Given one of more 2022 WRX cars are likely already in New York for display at the now-cancelled motor show, it’s possible Subaru could hold a standalone reveal event with American journalists, or opt for a virtual reveal via a live-stream.
As reported by Drive, the new Subaru WRX is tipped to switch to a new 2.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder ‘boxer’ engine seen in the Outback wagon overseas, rumoured to send 213kW and 412Nm to all four wheels through a six-speed manual or CVT automatic transmission.
It’s expected in Australian showrooms in early 2022 – a few months later than initially expected – alongside a new-generation Levorg wagon with similar mechanicals.
Stay tuned to Drive for all the latest on the new 2022 Subaru WRX’s reveal and Australian launch.