U.S. MEDIA CENTER

2018 Subaru WRX Press Kit


SUBARU DEBUTS 2018 WRX WITH PERFORMANCE, COMFORT AND SAFETY UPGRADES
 


  • Revised front styling for a more aggressive look
  • Suspension optimized for better handling and ride comfort
  • New available Recaro seats with power driver’s seat
  • Performance Package option
  • New EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology safety features
  • Upgraded interior materials and quieter cabin


Cherry Hill, N.J.,  -  Subaru of America, Inc. introduced the 2018 WRX with performance, comfort, design and safety enhancements for a more rewarding driving experience. The new model reaches Subaru retailers in spring.

A restyled front fascia on WRX shows a sportier attitude, highlighted by a more aggressive front end with a larger lower grille opening. The WRX Limited features redesigned LED Steering Responsive Headlights that helps illuminate curves in nighttime driving. For greater versatility, all WRX trim levels now feature new roof rack mounting brackets.

With its 268-hp, 2.0-liter direct injection turbocharged BOXER engine, Symmetrical All Wheel Drive and Active Torque Vectoring, the rally-bred WRX is a performance and value benchmark in the high-performance AWD sport-compact segment. The WRX comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission and offers an optional performance automatic transmission, the Sport Lineartronic CVT with manual mode.

The WRX features new front and rear suspension tuning for improved steering stability and ride comfort, while retaining the car’s high cornering performance capability. Subaru significantly enhanced shifter feel for the 6-speed manual transmission, with a new synchro design and reduced friction, along with smoother clutch take-up. The WRX electric power steering (EPS) was revised to provide an even smoother, more natural feel, while integrating the steering motor and electronic control unit reduces weight.

A new optional Performance Package for the WRX Premium features Recaro front seats with 8-way power driver’s seat, red-painted brake calipers and upgraded JURID brake pads, and deletes the moonroof to reduce weight.

Improved Usability with a Sporting Edge
The everyday usability that has contributed to WRX and STI popularity gets even better for 2018. All trim levels feature upgraded interior materials, rear seat armrest with cup holders, redesigned interior door grips and faster remote trunk opening.

New measures that reduce unwanted noise include thicker door glass, revised door sealing and a foam-filled windshield header beam. A new, larger high-definition multi-function display (5.9-inch vs. 4.3-inch before) makes it easier to see vehicle functions at a glance. WRX Limited models feature 10-way power driver’s seat with lumbar adjustment. The standard WRX adds heated exterior mirrors (already standard on others), while the WRX Premium upgrades to a SUBARU STARLINK 7.0” multimedia audio unit from the previous STARLINK 6.2” unit.

Safety
Subaru revised the front structure of the WRX for enhanced frontal collision performance. The WRX Limited, when equipped with EyeSight Driver Assist Technology now features Auto Vehicle Hold (AVH), and a new EyeSight Assist Monitor (EAM). The EAM uses LED indicators to display EyeSight status and alerts on the windshield, allowing the driver to see them without diverting eyes from the road ahead. The AVH feature replaces the Hill Holder and Hill Start Assist functions and offers greater functionality, holding the vehicle on all road grades, not only inclines. For example, AVH can help reduce driver fatigue by holding the car at traffic lights, and then can seamlessly transition to acceleration.

About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Subaru Corporation of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 620 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. SOA is guided by the Subaru Love Promise, which is the company’s vision to show love and respect to everyone, and to support its communities and customers nationwide. Over the past 20 years, SOA has donated more than $120 million to causes the Subaru family cares about, and its employees have logged more than 40,000 volunteer hours. As a company, Subaru believes it is important to do its part in making a positive impact in the world because it is the right thing to do.

For additional information visit media.subaru.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram .

2018 WRX At-A-Glance

2018 WRX What's New

2018 WRX Specifications

2018 WRX Pricing