This is the WRX’s Cousin From the Land of the Rising Sun So There’s a Lot of Common DNA

If the Subaru Levorg doesn’t trigger the neurotransmitters and tickle the temporal lobe in your brain, I’m honestly not too surprise. The Subaru Levorg is mainly a Japanese-only affair with Australia and a handful of European countries getting their hand’s on it only recently, after some 4-5 years on the market. As a wagon, it’s not surprising that Subaru hasn’t brought it to the U.S., but it’s still largely relevant here for one major reason – it has historically shared a lot of DNA with the Subaru WRX. The car that you see here is the second-gen, 2021 Subaru Levorg, which means that we’re getting our first real look at what the next-gen WRX and WRX STI are going to look like here in the United States. Pretty cool, right?

This is – Almost – the Next-Gen Subaru WRX

Thanks to the 2021 Subaru Levorg Wagon, We Know What the New WRX Will Look Like Exterior
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We’re still waiting to see the official next-gen Subaru WRX, but the 2021 Subaru Levorg gives us a good idea of what we can expect.

If you chop off the roof a little, lengthen and slant the rear glass, and make a few other tweaks, this would be the next-gen WRX. Not surprisingly, the new Levorg looks nearly identical to the regular and STI prototypes that Subaru revealed back in October of 2019 and January 2020, respectively. Much like the next-gen WRX, the new Levorg is riding on Subaru’s Global Platform and, while it looks more like a facelift, it’s actually all-new. And, this is most likely what we can expect from the next-gen WRX.

Thanks to the 2021 Subaru Levorg Wagon, We Know What the New WRX Will Look Like Exterior
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What’s really interesting here, however, is the interior, as this is the first time we’ve gotten a good look at what we can expect.

The biggest feature here is, arguably, the 11.6-inch touchscreen display that’s one-upped by the larger 12.3-inch all-digital instrument cluster ahead of the steering wheel.
Thanks to the 2021 Subaru Levorg Wagon, We Know What the New WRX Will Look Like Interior
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Oddly, this car also features a digital rearview mirror, however, we’re not sure this is going to make its way to the U.S. market. Overall, the interior will actually change more than the exterior and the new WRX is going to push its way into the modern world a little more.

Thanks to the 2021 Subaru Levorg Wagon, We Know What the New WRX Will Look Like Drivetrain
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In terms of powertrain and performance, you have to ignore what the Levorg offers since this model is JDM-spec. For what it’s worth the new Levorg is powered by a 1.8-liter flat-four that Subaru showcased in those previous JDM Levorg prototypes. It’s good for just 174 horsepower (130 kW) and 221 pound-feet of torque (300 Nm). As you know, this won’t fly here in the U.S., especially for a car that wears an STI badge.

Here, the new WRX STI is expected to pump out at least 400 horsepower and 361 pound-feet of torque (490 Nm). As for the engine itself, there are two rumors.
Thanks to the 2021 Subaru Levorg Wagon, We Know What the New WRX Will Look Like Exterior
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One rumor says that the new WRX will, in fact, inherit this new 1.8-liter, turbocharged, flat-four, but it’ll be tuned to deliver the aforementioned 400 ponies for the STI. The second rumor says that it’ll rock out the Ascent’s 2.4-liter engine, which would also have to be worked over drastically. In the Ascent, it offers just 260 horsepower (190 kW) and 277 pound-feet of torque (376 Nm), so we’re looking at an improvement of some 140 horsepower and 84 pound-feet of torque. It’s definitely doable, and it’s also more believable. It’s been said that Subaru is planning to use the Ascent’s 2.4-liter mill in a number of different tunes for various vehicles in its lineup – a move that will surely cut costs and streamline offerings in the long run. As of now, we believe the WRX STI will be offered with a six-speed manual while the base WRX could be offered with a six-speed or a CVT, but a reveal isn’t expected until 2021, which would make them 2022 models here in the US of A.

Robert Moore
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Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read More
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