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2018 Subaru WRX and WRX STI price and features announced

By David Bonnici, 24 Jul 2017 Car News

2018 Subaru WRX and WRX STI price and features announced

Subaru’s pocket rocket sedan gains a host of new features and enhanced ride and handling

Subaru has updated its WRX line-up adding a new range-topping variant and a host of mechanical, aesthetic and tech changes.

Entry-level pricing for the Subaru WRX range will remain the same despite new standard kit which includes Jurid performance brake pads, new design 18-inch alloy wheels, heated door mirrors, LED fog lights, revised suspension, dusk-sensing LED headlights, LED Daytime Running Lights, automatic windscreen wipers and a bigger 5.9-inch Multi-Function Display.

All CVT automatic WRX variants also gain EyeSight Driver Assist package with collision prevention and adaptive cruise control, as well as an electronic parking brake and hill-hold assist.

The manual-only upper-spec WRX STI gains Brembo 6-piston front and 2-piston rear brake calipers, cross-drilled brake rotors, 19-inch alloy wheels, red seatbelts and suspension revisions to improve comfort and cornering prowess.

Meanwhile a new flagship WRX STI spec.R grade has been added to the range, which shares its feature set with the STI Premium but adds a pair of Recaro front sports seats with eight-way power adjustment.

Exterior changes include a revised front end with more aggressive bumper and grille designs, along with sharper looking LED headlights.

Interiors have also been upgraded with a black colour scheme, with gloss-black finishes, that aims to create a sportier mood. A newly designed instrument cluster and the aforementioned larger multifunction display further differentiate the 2018 model from its predecessor.

Subaru says it has also enhanced the ride and handling by tweaking chassis roll rigidity, suspension coils and dampers resulting in improved steering stability, ride comfort and all-round driver enjoyment.

Powertrains including engines and the choice of six-speed manual or CVT autos carry over from the current model. The WRX makes use of a 197kW/350Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol flat four, while the WRX STI uses a more potent 221kW/407Nm 2.5-litre turbo flat four.

2018 SUBARU WRX PRICING

The 2018 WRX manual and WRX STI Premium arrive with no changes to their pricing however other variants will go up in price to reflect extra equipment. The auto-equipped WRX models undergo the biggest jump, costing an extra $3000 over their manual-equipped counterparts.

  • WRX manual $39,240
  • WRX CVT $42,240
  • WRX Premium manual $45,640
  • WRX Premium CVT $48,840
  • WRX STI $50,890
  • WRX STI with rear spoiler $51,190
  • WRX STI Premium $55,640
  • WRX STI Premium with rear spoiler $55,940
  • WRX STI Spec.R $57,690

SUBARU WRX VARIANTS AND FEATURES AT A GLANCE

WRX manual/CVT

  • 197kW/350Nm 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine
  • Auto Vehicle Hold (CVT-only)
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED brake lights
  • Self-levelling, steering responsive automatic LED headlights with pop-up washers 
  • Electronic parking brake (CVT-only)
  • EyeSight driver assist system (CVT-only)
  • LED fog lights
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Lane Keep Assist (CVT-only)
  • Reverse camera
  • All-Wheel Drive 
  • Dual zone air conditioning
  • Leather trim steering wheel with red stitching
  • Leather gearshift
  • Sports front seats with red stitching
  • 3.5-inch Multi-Information Display
  • 5.9-inch colour LCD Multi-Information Display  
  • Heated mirrors
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers 
  • Red-painted brake callipers (front and rear on manual/front-only on CVT)
  • Roof carrier brackets
  • 18-inch alloy wheels 

WRX Premium manual/CVT

Same features as WRX, plus:

  • De-icing front windscreen wipers
  • Electric sunroof
  • EyeSight® Assist Monitor (CVT-only)
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather trim
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Push button start
  • Satellite navigation
  • harman kardon sound system
  • Front, side and blind spot monitors
  • Lane Change Assist
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alerts

WRX STI /STI Premium

Same as WRX, plus:

  • 221kW/407Nm 2.5 litre turbocharged engine
  • Brembo 6-pot front, 2-pot rear, yellow painted brakes with STI logo
  • LED headlights with halogen high-beam
  • Push button start
  • Satellite navigation
  • harman kardon sound system
  • Hill Start Assist – forward and reverse  
  • Dual zone climate control air conditioning
  • Rear illumination instrument display 
  • Heated door mirrors
  • 19-inch alloy wheels 
  • Rear illumination instrument display 
  • Heated door mirrors
  • 19-inch alloy wheels 
  • Heated front seats (STI Premium only)
  • Leather trim (STI Premium only)
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat (STI Premium only)
  • Front, side and blind spot monitors (STI Premium only)
  • Electric sunroof (STI Premium only)
  • Front, side and blind spot monitors (STI Premium only)

WRX STI SPEC.R

Same as WRX STI Premium plus Recaro front sports seats.