The all-new Subaru WRX has made its debut, with the “rally bred” sedan boasting “the most advanced features, design, and performance” in its nearly 20-year history.

Subaru WRX
New 2.4-litre turbocharged boxer engine produces 202 kW.

The fifth-generation WRX is powered by a new 2.4-litre turbocharged flat-four motor, producing 202 kW and 350 N.m. Power and torque are directed to the Japanese car manufacturer’s symmetrical all-wheel-drive system from 5 600 r/min and a lowly 2 000 r/min respectively. Two transmission options are on offer: a six-speed manual gearbox, which features “optimised” gear ratios for improved shift quality, or a new automatic transmission.

Subaru WRX
Torque is sent to all four corners from a lowly 2 000 r/min to 5 200 r/min.

According to the Japanese car manufacturer, the self-shifter allows for “30 per cent” quicker upshifts and incorporates adaptive shift control that quickly responds to perform rev-matching downshifts under braking to maintain the “ideal” ratio through corners. The automatic item, Subaru says, can be tailored to driver preferences, with the SI-Drive Performance Management System featuring three different settings. For additional driver involvement, an eight-speed manual mode can be accessed via the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Subaru WRX
Front wheelarches fashioned from aluminium to save weight.

The new WRX is based on Subaru’s Global Platform. This, Subaru says, allows for a “substantial” upgrade in ride and handling performance, thanks to increased chassis stiffness and lower centre of gravity. The “enhanced” architecture delivers “28 per cent” more torsional rigidity. A longer suspension stroke, meanwhile, increases vehicle stability and lateral grip on uneven surfaces. According to Subaru, the suspension is tuned to provide an engaging driving experience.

The most notable exterior design elements include Subaru’s hexagonal front grille, flanked by tapered LED headlamps; a broad front scoop; and boot-mounted rear spoiler. 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels are on offer and house ventilated disc brakes.

11.6-inch Starlink infotainment system incorporates screen mirroring and sat-nav.

Inside, a 11.6-inch touch-enabled display, incorporating Subaru’s Starlink infotainment software, takes centre stage. This setup includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality and satellite navigation. An 11-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, “tuned specifically for the WRX”, is included in the package. Subaru’s EyeSight driver-assist technology is included as standard on all models sporting an automatic transmission.