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The Subaru WRX and WRX Wagon are here to steal your hearts

These two vehicles are guaranteed to make any car enthusiast giddy

Take your pick. There's a flavor for everyone out there. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

Enthusiasts, rejoice! Your favorite rally-bred sedan and wagon are finally here to excite your senses.

Subaru Philippines formally pulled the sheets off the WRX and the WRX Wagon today. And of course, the WRX (sedan) will come with a proper three-pedal setup.

Little did we know that Motor Image Pilipinas (the official distributor of Subaru in the country) made us the first market within ASEAN region to receive the cars.

The cladding looks a lot better in the metal. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

Meet the WRX sedan. Yes, it still has those controversial crossover-like plastic cladding on the sides, but it’s a much more appealing beast in the metal.

It will come with the 2.4-liter turbocharged flat-four (code-named FA24) with 271hp and 350Nm. Power is sent to all four wheels with Subaru’s excellent Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. And the car will be offered with the choice of a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT. Zero-100km/h times are 6 seconds and 6.1 seconds, respectively.

As we’ve said before, here are the prices of the three sedan variants:

  • Sedan tS CVT (indent only) – P2,808,000
  • Sedan 2.4 CVT – P2,658,000
  • Sedan 2.4 MT – P2,508,000
A wagon has its own sensual appeal to a certain group, and we're part of it. PHOTOS BY HANS BOSSHARD AND SAM SURLA

Next is the WRX Wagon. What was previously known as the Levorg now has a more memorable and appropriate name.

Aside from the cleaner, more mature styling that appeals to enthusiasts and titos alike, the biggest update is what’s found under the hood. You see, the Levorg came with a 2.0-liter turbocharged flat-four with 265hp and 350Nm. That’s not bad, but the WRX Wagon now packs the same 2.4-liter flat-four as the sedan, which is a welcome change. Unfortunately, it will only come with a CVT, so you’ll have to stick to the sedan for your fill of three-pedal action.

It’s a trade-off you’ll have to make for practicality, with a massive 492L luggage area capacity.

The WRX Wagon will come in two variants, and here are their prices:

  • Wagon tS CVT (indent only) – P2,708,000
  • Wagon CVT – P2,558,000
The powertrains and the interiors are similar, and it's a good thing. PHOTOS BY HANS BOSSHARD AND SAM SURLA

Apart from the obvious exterior changes, their interiors are quite similar. If you opt for the tS (tuned by STI) variants, they come with exclusive STI bits. The WRX sedan tS also receives an 11-speaker Harman Kardon sound system.

Both models get the new 11.6-inch infotainment with phone connectivity, while the CVT-equipped models have 10-way power-adjustable leather seats with seat memory. The three-pedal WRX has manual fabric seats, and it loses the rear air-conditioning vents. The sunroof is present in the CVT WRX sedan models, and only the tS Wagon variant receives it.

Motor Image boss Glenn Tan proudly states that we are the first country in the ASEAN region to get these cars. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

Finally, all CVT-equipped variants get the latest version of EyeSight 4.0, which has new functions in autonomous emergency steering and lane-departure prevention. Understandably, the three-pedal variant won’t be getting these.

Sales start today, so you can head to your nearest Subaru dealership to get your next car.

Sam Surla

Sam is the youngest member of our editorial team. And he is our managing editor (believe it or not). He specializes in photography and videography, but he also happens to like writing about cars a lot.