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Subaru Levorg to get WRX power, but no manual gearbox

By Ryan Lewis, 31 Mar 2016 Car News

Subaru Levorg to get WRX power, but no manual gearbox

Subaru Levorg will boast performance figures matching the WRX, but the lack of a manual gearbox option may leave enthusiasts bitter.

Documents lodged by Subaru here in Australia have provided confirmation the Subaru Levorg will indeed feature the same 197kW/350Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the Subaru WRX.

That’s good news. What isn’t such good news for those who were hoping for a WRX wagon with a different name is the news Levorg will be offered with a CVT automatic transmission only.

Naturally, the Levorg will utilise Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel drive system.           

Subaru Levorg rear

The Levorg sports wagon shares the front half of its panels and styling with the WRX sedan. Subaru believes it is a more natural follow-on from the fourth-generation Liberty GT, a car that garnered a strong fan base in Australia.

In other markets the Levorg is also available with a smaller 1.6-litre engine, though it seems Subaru has no plans to bring that to Australia yet.

Two spec levels are to be made available locally – GT and GT-S. Full details about the model grades is yet to be made available, though we can tell the entry GT model rides on 17-inch wheels, whereas the more generously equipped GT-S features 18-inch wheels.

Information about the Levorg’s standard equipment and specific differences between the variants is likely to be available soon, with an Australian launch expected around the middle of the year.