The new-generation Subaru Levorg wagon will reach Australia next year with the WRX sedan’s name on its tailgate – and its 200kW turbo engine under the bonnet.
The Subaru WRX wagon will return to Australian showrooms between April and June 2022 after a 15-year hiatus, with the introduction of the 2022 Subaru WRX Sportswagon.
If the styling of Australia’s new WRX Sportswagon seems familiar, that’s because the vehicle made its global debut in Japan more than a year ago, badged as the second-generation version of the Levorg – a nameplate present in Subaru Australia showrooms since 2016 on the direct predecessor to the 2022 WRX wagon.
While the new WRX Sportswagon looks all but identical to Japan’s new Levorg, adopting the legendary WRX name should assist in increasing sales of the sporty wagon, which until now has been marketed under the niche Levorg nameplate, and attracted between 22 and 55 per cent of the WRX sedan’s sales volumes.
However, with the iconic nameplate comes the WRX sedan’s heart, as both sedan and Sportswagon body styles will share the same potent 2.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder ‘boxer’ engine – a substantial upgrade over the Japanese Levorg’s 130kW/300Nm 1.8-litre turbo four-cylinder.
Outputs for the Australian market are yet to be confirmed, though Subaru Australia says it will be “more powerful” than the outgoing WRX and Levorg’s 197kW and 350Nm – suggesting numbers close to or matching the 202kW/350Nm of US-market WRX models.
Whereas the WRX sedan will offer a choice of six-speed manual or CVT automatic transmissions (with eight simulated ‘ratios’), the Sportswagon will be available solely with the CVT, which is officially branded as the ‘Subaru Performance Transmission’. All-wheel drive is standard on both models.
Final specifications will be confirmed closer to launch, however LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, an 11.6-inch central touchscreen and front sports seats will seemingly be standard across most or all sedan and Sportswagon variants.
A suite of EyeSight active safety technology will be standard in cars fitted with the CVT automatic gearbox. Using overseas models as a guide, expect features to include autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, and driver attention monitoring.
Meanwhile, a Drive Mode Select system (linked to adaptive dampers and variable steering) will be offered on “select” variants.
The sedan and wagon differ in their styling – contrasting body styles aside – with the sedan featuring rugged (and controversial) black wheel-arch extensions not fitted to the Sportswagon.
While Subaru says the images released as part of the announcement – and embedded through much of this story – aren’t representative of Australia-bound models, the WRX Sportswagon pictured wears ‘tS’ (or ‘tuned by STI’) badging on its tailgate – suggesting a sporty flagship variant is on the way, with unique design and performance features.
“The WRX Sportswagon will be a model in its own right, with both the sedan and Sportswagon featuring unique specification tailored to their respective audiences,” said Blair Read, Subaru Australia general manager, in a statement.
The 2022 Subaru WRX Sportswagon will arrive in Australia in the second quarter of 2022 (April to June), alongside its new-generation sedan counterpart.
Pricing and specifications will be announced closer to launch, however increases are expected for sedan and wagon bodies over the current WRX and 2.0-litre turbo Levorg respectively, priced from $40,990 to $50,490 before on-road costs for the former, or $50,990 to $53,240 before on-road costs for the latter.
Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines as a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.