Subaru is introducing new safety technologies and features for the WRX and WRX STI all-wheel-drive performance icons. The updates are accompanied by a slight price change for certain models in the range.
Boosting visual appeal further, the current generation Subaru WRX will now have 18-inch alloy wheels, in place of the 17-inch items offered previously.
Already comprehensively equipped, the top-spec WRX Premium and WRX STI Premium models now add a suite of new vision assist technologies including Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Change Assist, Auto dimming rear view mirror and High Beam Assist.
The Premium models of both the WRX and WRX STI also score Side View Monitor – a camera built into the passenger wing mirror which gives the driver a better view of the passenger side of the car.
Also standard in the Premium models is Rear Cross Traffic Alert, which detects passing vehicles when reversing from parking spaces.
The entry-level WRX gets a new 6.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system, while WRX and WRX STI Premium models add a fully integrated 7-inch system, introducing a wide array of new functions, including pinch/zoom, improved voice recognition and Pandora compatibility.
Pricing of entry-level Subaru WRX STI drops $500 to $49,490, while for those fitted with a rear boot spoiler it is down $200 to $49,790.
“WRX is already regarded as well specced, but these latest additions make it the best ever in terms of the performance, value and features equation,” said Subaru Australia Managing Director, Nick Senior.
“WRX and WRX STI are already selling at levels unseen since the late 1990s and the latest list of new technologies can only boost their turbocharged sales success even further.”
Mechanically, both the all-wheel-drive WRX and WRX STI remain unchanged for 2016. The WRX is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged boxer engine producing 197kW and 350Nm, while the WRX STI is motivated by a 2.5-litre turbocharged boxer engine rated at 221kW and 407Nm.
2016 Subaru WRX and WRX STI pricing (excluding on-roads)
WRX manual $38,990 (no change)
WRX Lineartronic CVT $40,990 (no change)
WRX Premium manual $44,890 (+$900)
WRX Premium Lineartronic CVT $46,890 (+$900)
WRX STI $49,490 (-$500)
WRX STI with rear spoiler $49,790 (-$200)
WRX STI Premium $55,390 (+$400)
WRX STI Premium with rear spoiler $55,690 (+$700)