The thrill of a rumbling 197kW, turbocharged Boxer engine working in tandem with the grip of the famous Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system is absolute and exciting. This performance is something for which the Subaru WRX is known. Born on the rally tracks of the world, the WRX name has been carved into the pages of history as a winning performer at all levels of motorsport. It’s prowess quickly found its way into Subaru road cars, the combination of its powerful Boxer motor and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive ensuring a safe and controllable, yet exciting driving experience.
The 2019 Subaru WRX, carries this philosophy forward in an altogether safer and smarter package. Upgrades to the comfort, technology and safety make for a more compelling and relevant sports sedan package.
Next Gen Safety
Subaru never stops working to improve the safety of its vehicles, even those that have already achieved 5 ratings across all ratings agencies across the world. The Subaru WRX is stronger and safer than ever before. With ever-improving production methods, the WRX front end crash structure has been improved for better safety performance in frontal collisions. New on the 2019 WRX is a rear fog lamp now for improved visibility.
The WRX is also fitted with all of the active safety features that come standard on all Subaru vehicles. Subaru Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC), is one such feature, a more advanced version of electronic stability control. This combination of Subaru symmetrical full-time all-wheel-drive and VDC results in increased levels of traction and safer road holding. As with most premium CVT-equipped Subaru vehicles, the Subaru WRX features the award-winning EyeSight Driver Assistance system. However, the new WRX features the latest version 3.0. EyeSight which employs stereo cameras and works as an extra set of eyes, monitoring the road ahead and working to mitigate collisions. EyeSight technology is one of the highest-rated front crash prevention systems tested by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). The system cleverly integrates features like Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking, Lane Departure and Lane Sway Warning. Specifically new to Version 3.0 is the EyeSight Assist Monitor (EAM) which uses LED indicators on the windshield to alert, warn or inform the driver of an EyeSight® function without drivers having to take their eyes off the road. Also new on vehicles equipped with this version of EyeSight® is an Auto Vehicle Hold(AVH) function. This is a smarter and more versatile feature that replaces the previous Hill Start Assist function. AVH now holds the vehicle on all road gradients, not only inclines. A useful use of this feature for example, would be when stopped at traffic lights.
Blind Spot Detection as well as Rear Cross Traffic Alert are also part of the WRX safety repertoire.
WRX has written its name into the pages of motorsport and motoring history with a reputation for being so controllable and composed even at the very limits of grip and speed. The ability to harness pure power and control is what makes the WRX so confidence-inspiring.
Power from the 4-cylinder, horizontally-opposed Boxer petrol engine is 197 kW at 5,600rpm and torque is 350 Nm between 2,400 – 5,200 rpm. The direct-injection motor features a twin-scroll turbocharger as well as an intercooler, another notable trait of the WRX name. For 2019, the WRX will be offered in South Africa in two derivatives: The WRX Lineartronic CVT and the WRX MT. Top speed is 240 km/h for both derivatives and the 0 – 100 km/h dash takes just 6.3 seconds for the CVT and just 6.0 seconds in the manual transmission. Lineartronic-CVT models feature Subaru’s Intelligent Drive system (SI-DRIVE), a powertrain performance management system that allows the driver to tailor the driving characteristics of the car through three modes: Intelligent(I), Sport(S) and Sport Sharp(S#) are selected via a series of switches on the flat-bottomed sports steering wheel. Intelligent mode is the most efficient, relaxed mode most often used for regular commuting and traffic.
Sport mode increases the throttle response and change the transmission operate as a 6-speed manual should the driver select the M(Manual) gear selector. Sport Sharp changes the engine’s characteristics to deliver an even quicker throttle response. In this mode, the transmission operates as an 8-speed in both normal and manual modes.
For both the WRX MT and the WRX Lineartronic CVT, this power is delivered to the road through Subaru’s legendary Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. But where the Manual version uses a more conventional viscous coupling that distributes torque equally, the Lineartronic CVT uses a Variable Torque Distribution (VTD) version of All-Wheel-Drive. VTD splits the torque 45:55 in most circumstances to complement handling agility. The Subaru WRX finds its grip on Dunlop 245/40R18 tires.
The car remains the compact sports sedan for which it has become known. It’s now more practical, smarter and more aggressive. Also optional on the vehicle are wheel spacers that increase the track on each side of the car by 20mm, giving the car and even more purposeful and sporty design.
Other notable design features are the side mirrors finished in satin chrome, the lower sports body kit and the striking red Jurid brake Calipers.
Premium, Tech-Laden Cabin
Subaru has gone to great lengths to build a cabin that exudes quality, durability comfort and excitement. The trim levels are high quality, with a mix of soft-touch materials, leather and carbon fibre panel inlays. The flat-bottomed sports steering wheel is tilt and reach-adjustable with switches for audio, SI-DRIVE and EyeSight. The red-on-black stitching on the leather seats and steering wheel add a sporty touch to cabin. Layers of tech and comfort features abound from the drivers 8-way electrically-adjustable seat, to the full colour high definition multi-function display on which most vehicle functions and settings can viewed. Infotainment is of the highest standard too, fully enabled for Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Auxiliary connectivity through a 7-inch screen. 7 Harmon Kardon sound speakers are fitted throughout the cabin for 440W of premium audio quality and entertainment. Specified on the 2019 Subaru WRX vehicles, the on-board equipment includes Satellite Navigation as standard.
The Subaru WRX is available in South Africa in two derivatives:
- The 2.0 Turbocharged, Manual Transmission retailing for R581 400.
- The 2.0 Turbocharged Sports Lineartronic CVT retailing for R631 400.
All derivatives are sold with a three year or 75,000 km Full Maintenance Plan (extendable options available) and a five year or 150 000 km Warranty.
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