2022 Subaru WRX wagon confirmed, to debut in Australia 

Updated Oct 15, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

It loses the black plastic cladding, and gets more trunk space. 

In a recent press release, it was confirmed that the Subaru WRX-GTB Sportwagon is coming to Australia and New Zealand in the second quarter of 2022. The WRX-GTB is the wagon version of the second-generation 2022 Subaru WRX, and in Oceania, it replaces the Subaru Levorg. For that matter, it is practically a Levorg with different bumpers and a different engine. 

A picture of the 2022 WRX-GTB wagon on the road

The 2022 WRX-GTB wagon

Speaking of engines, the new WRX-GTB uses the same 2.4-liter turbo mill that the WRX uses. At most, this boxer-four engine can make 271 horsepower and 349 Nm of torque. For transmissions, it can either get a performance-tuned Lineartronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) with eight simulated gears, or a five-speed manual gearbox. The aforementioned CVT comes with a paddle shifter to handle manual mode. 

And being a Subaru, the WRX-GTB wagon will of course come with all-wheel-drive. It also uses the new Subaru Global Platform, which underpins the 2022 Subaru WRX, the 2022 Subaru Levorg, as well as the new Subaru XV

Apart from getting a wagon body with lots more storage, the upcoming WRX-GTB has also shed the aggressive amount of cladding the recently released 2022 WRX had received. Then again, it gets the same headlamps and the same taillights.  

The 2022 Subaru WRX and 2022 WRX-GTB parked together on a dried up lake

The WRX-GTB (right), together with the 2022 Subaru WRX (left)

As for its interior, Subaru is yet to provide photos. But we can assume that like the 2022 WRX, the WRX-GTB will also get an 11.6-inch touchscreen headunit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There’s also a great possibility that the interior styling will also be identical to the sedan version. 

Subaru has also confirmed that this new wagon model will come equipped with the marque’s EyeSight Driver Assist technologies. On the 2022 WRX, this collection of driver-assist features includes adaptive cruise control, lane centering, autonomous braking and steering, blind spot detection, among others. 

A picture of the interior of the 2022 Subaru WRX

Inside the 2022 Subaru WRX. The upcoming WRX-GTB might be getting the same interior 

For the Philippines, Motor Image Pilipinas, Inc. (Subaru Philippines) shared with us that the WRX-GTB wagon is meant for markets that don’t have the Levorg. This is the case with Australia and New Zealand which will be discontinuing the Levorg model. As such, this is an indication that a WRX wagon will not be making a Philippine debut anytime soon. Although, it has been confirmed by an insider in Subaru PH that the new 2022 WRX is indeed coming to our shores.  

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Subaru WRX
The new Subaru WRX is an acclaimed sporty sedan based on the Japanese car manufacturer’s other model, the Subaru Impreza. Subaru Corporation used “WRX” in ode to the World Rally eXperimental, a championship match where this model usually participates. This legendary vehicle is fiercely styled with modern details inside and out. Its core is trained to compete but can be tamed for daily use. Two variants are available in the Philippines: the Subaru WRX 2.0 MT and the Subaru WRX 2.0 CVT with Eyesight. It is offered in Dark Metallic Grey, Ice Silver Metallic, Crystal Pearl White, Crystal Black Silica, Lapis Blue Pearl, WR Blue Pearl, and Pure Red.

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

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Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.

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