The newest 2020 Subaru WRX STI is not like any other vehicle, it is one of its kind sporty sedan aimed at niche buyers. The sports sedan with a rally heritage and impressive AWD performance is getting a big makeover in 2020.
The 2018 model is out with minor enhancements but the upcoming model will sport bigger changes- under the hood. It will most likely be powered by an all-new hybrid powertrain.
2020 Subaru WRX STI – Design Appearance and Safety Features
The basic Impreza models of Subaru have all been moved to the company’s Global Platform for 2017 but the existing WRX STI is still built on a platform dating back to 2015. All this is set to change with the successor- as per the industry updates. It will be based on enhanced version of Subaru Global Platform architecture. This is a platform developed with a focus on hybrid vehicle designing. The 2018 model gets a re-sculpted front bumper and adaptive LED headlights. It also gets dark-finished wheels. These exterior styling cues may be retained for 2020 successor and it may also get a new front grille and redesigned rear spoiler. Some design elements from the recent Viziv Performance Concept.
The cabin of 2020 Subaru WRX STI will also receive some refinements, beyond question. It may not get lavish materials but the focus may be more on utility. Advanced noise insulation technology may be on the cards along with upholstery customization choices. The present model can accommodate 5 adults and cargo space is also decent. However, the new model may get more ergonomically designed interior with additional small items storage options.
Safety Options and Tech of the 2020 Subaru WRX STI
The features used in 2018 Subaru WRX STi may also be there in the upcoming model 2020 Subaru WRX STI and you can expect more. The same can be said about the safety features.
The standard feature list will include Starlink infotainment system along with 7 inches or bigger touch display. Also, the Bluetooth connectivity, 17-inch alloy wheels, rearview camera and front sports seats. Optional features may include navigation, adaptive LED headlights, Harman Kardon audio system, dual-zone climate control, sunroof, fog lights, bigger alloy wheels and leather upholstery. The new model may also get a Performance package.
The infotainment system has received some changes since 2018. So it is only natural that the 2020 Subaru WRX STI will be even more polished. It will have support for Smartphone integration and all wireless connectivity protocols. However, the response time should be faster and user-friendliness may require a boost too.
The 2020 Subaru WRX STI comes laden with Subaru’s EyeSight safety suite. It includes features like forwarding collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and lane keeping assist. Of course, the car also gets enough airbags and ABS. The upcoming model may also have inbuilt support for blind spot monitor and emergency braking at low speed. However, the EyeSight safety suite gets good reviews and scores in crash tests.
2020 Subaru WRX STI – Engine Performance and Transmission
The 2018 Subaru WRX STi has a 2.5-liter engine under the hood. It will generate 305 HP at 6000 rpm and 290 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. The standard version of WRX has a 2.0-liter flat-four turbocharged engine that produces 268-hp. The 2018 WRX model with a manual transmission is hitting 60 mph in 5.5 sec. But more powerful STI hits the 60 mph in 4.8 seconds. However, that will not be the case with the successor. It will come fitted with a hybrid powertrain though the details are not yet clear.
The new engine may also be aided by a hood scoop and also a cold-air intake tube. The current model does not exactly give superb ride experience on urban roads. However, on the highway, it is a different story altogether. The hybrid powertrain is likely to be coupled with an advanced CVT transmission unit.
2019 Subaru WRX STI – Cost and Sales
The 2020 Subaru WRX STI will be unveiled sometimes in 2019. Though the exact timing is unclear. The price tag should be around $38.000 as per the updates.
Summing it up
The Subaru WRX STI carries forward an impressive legacy and it does not have too many rivals in its segment, as of now. Subaru will get an edge by adding a hybrid powertrain to the car- beyond doubt. The new 2020 Subaru WRX STI will also get styling updates and the cabin will also get its share of revamping.
Not all details have been revealed by the company yet. However, a few safety features should be included as standard. This will make the offer more tempting to the target buyers. Upon release, the 2020 Subaru WRX STI will lock horns with rivals such as the Golf GTI and Honda Civic Si.