Facelifted Subaru WRX, WRX STI confirmed for SA

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The facelifted Subaru WRX and WRX STI will arrive in South Africa in the third quarter of 2017. Get the details here…

Subaru showed the facelifted WRX and WRX STI at the Detroit Motor Show and Subaru South Africa has confirmed that the models will be offered in South Africa in the third quarter of 2017. The WRX and WRX STI feature an updated design with enhancements made to performance, comfort and safety.

What’s changed?

The Subaru WRX and WRX STI features updated styling and improved performance.  

The facelifted version of the WRX and WRX STI features a sportier front fascia with a revised grille and larger lower grille opening. Night time driving is further improved with redesigned LED Steering Responsive Headlights and roof rack mounting brackets are now included.

The WRX is powered by a 200 kW 2.0-litre turbocharged boxer engine with all-wheel drive and active torque vectoring. The engine mated to a revised 6-speed manual transmission or an optional Sport CVT with manual mode. The WRX also features new front and rear suspension for improved stability and ride comfort. Furthermore, the electric power steering has been revised too and now offers a “smoother, more natural feel” according to Subaru. Standard 18-inch wheels with a new double-spoke design are fitted.

As for the WRX STI, a 227 kW 2.5-litre turbocharged boxer engine is utilised in conjunction with a Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) symmetrical all-wheel drive system, torque vectoring and a Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control. Suspension on the STI has been revised and the Brembo Performance Brake System has been upgraded with stronger callipers at the front and rear. The STI rides on new 19-inch alloy wheels for the first time, featuring a Y-shaped spoke design and Recaro seats are offered too.

Improved interior and safety

The facelifted Subaru WRX and WRX STI features improved interior quality and finishes. 

Interior materials in both the WRX and WRX STI have been upgraded and the models now feature a rear seat armrest with cup holders and redesigned door grips. A larger 5.9-inch multi-function display is fitted for better visibility and the electric boot lid has also been revised to open faster than before. The WRX Premium derivative will feature an upgraded 7-inch STARLINK multimedia system.

In terms of safety, the front structure has been revised to enhance performance in the event of a front-end collision. EyeSight Driver Assist Technology will be offered, including Vehicle Hold (AVH) and the new EyeSight Assist Monitor (EAM). The vehicle hold function will effectively hold the vehicle on all road grades while the EyeSight Assist Monitor will use LED indicators to display EyeSight status and alerts on the windscreen, without the driver taking eyes off the road.

We will keep you updated when local specification and pricing becomes available, so stay tuned

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