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Subaru just updated these two all-wheel drive performance cars for the 2018 model year. The changes can be seen on the stylistic design, equipment, and mechanical. These latest upgrades should remain until 2020, so it’s only right for Subaru to pack its WRX and WRX STI with the best it has to offer.
1. Exterior And Handling
Both the 2018 Subaru WRX and WRX STI have a new front end with modified upper grille and a larger but lower grille opening based on a source. These allow both cars to have an aggressive and sporty look. For improved riding experience and driving comfort, Subaru made changes on the suspension of both models.
The WRX, in particular, has a redesigned syncros and a reworked clutch. It’s electric power steering, which brings power the six-speed manual transmission, has been retuned.
2. Subaru WRX
Exclusive to the WRX is the new Performance package that includes the Recaro eight-way power seats, new 18-inch wheels, upgraded brake pads, and red-painted brake calipers.
3. Subaru WRX STI
On the WRX STI, you’ll be impressed with the fully electronic control for the Driver Controlled Center Differential all-wheel-drive system. Then, there’s also the 19-inch wheels that’s standard to the WRX STI.
In terms of the braking system, the WRX STI will come packed with yellow Brembo brake calipers that features six-piston front and two-piston rear calipers, new brake pad material matched to cross-drilled rotors.
Both models will get a redesigned roof-rack mounts, a faster trunk release, a rear armrest with cup holders, new interior materials, new door grab handles, and a bigger colored infotainment display that sits above the dashboard.
The cars will arrive with the WRX Limited’s EyeSight safety system too. But for these models, Subaru will include the EyeSight Assist Monitor, which can display the system’s status on the windshield through LED lights.
Below are the photos of the 2018 Subaru WRX And WRX STI :
When you look at the 2017 Subaru Forester, you won’t be wowed by its physical transformation. It’s boxed-like structure will raise eyebrows, though not for long as soon as they enter and be amazed with a spacious interior and no-nonsense technology.
In today’s automotive world, it’s hard to find a crossover with a boxier appearance than the Forester. Its 34 cubic cabin space is not the best in the segment (that belongs to Honda CR-V), but the boxy aesthetic allows owners and passengers to exploit the spacious interior more easily.
There Are Six Trim Levels
According to a Car and Driver, the 2017 Subaru Forester will be offered in six trim levels: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 2.0XT Premium, 2.5i Touring, and 2.0XT Touring. The 2.5i models will enjoy a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter flat-four engine with 170 horsepower and 174 lb. ft. of torque while the 2.0XT models will have the turbocharged 2.0-liter flat-four that produces 250 horsepower and 258 lb. ft. of torque.
Standard on the 2.5i and the 2.5i Premium models is the six-speed manual transmission. All the others will use the CVT as standard. The 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, and 2.5i Touring models have a 2017 EPA fuel-economy ratings of 26 mpg city and 32 mpg highway.
There Are New Front And Interior Elements
On the front of the 2017 Subaru Forester, you’ll find a new grille, front fascia, and headlight design. These highlight the changes on the car’s exterior, as well as the redesigned taillights at the rear side. All trim levels, except for the base model, have new wheels. Standard to all models is the rear spoiler and optional power rear liftgate that is available from the high-end models down to the 2.5i Premium.
The Interior Remains The Same, But With Better Spacing
Inside, things are almost the same as its predecessor. The minor changes are the updated steering wheel and the available Saddle Brown interior color in the Forester Touring. In terms of cabin, it has a 34-cubic capacity for the cargo that is situated behind the rear seats. No compromise has to be made even if the forester has a sloping roofline and angled hatch.
There weren’t particular outward changes we can pick on when Subaru revealed its updated 2017 Subaru BRZ. The adjustments are rather comprehensive, and it would take a really good car expert to notice what were modified from its predecessor.
So, it only makes sense that Subaru chose to give the new Subaru BRZ a complete appearance makeover in terms of color scheme. Yes, the 2017 BRZ is now an eye-catching sunny yellow. Nothing can get brighter than this on the road.
And to keep up with Subaru’s tradition of naming its cars based on its color, the 2017 Subaru BRZ is named Series.Yellow. Remember Series.Blue? It has a less-blue predecessor aptly called the Series.Hyperblue.
This sunny yellow BRZ Series.Yellow is more than just Series.Hyperblue in name. It borrows most of the elements we see on the previous car—blue-colored accents inside and out were replaced with the color yellow. There’s the overall paint, of course, plus the yellow contrast stitching and bits of yellow cloth throughout the all-black cabin and black-painted 17-inch wheels.
What differs it from the Series.Hyperblue is the upgrade on the brakes. The Series.Yellow has Brembo rotors and four-piston calipers up front. The suspension was also changed to Sachs dampers, which would also come standard on updated units of the 2017 BRZ.
Overall, the change is rather compelling and might put experts and fans alike on tenterhooks. But then again, the Series.Yellow would hold no problem if you’re okay with the bright and sunny exterior, especially if it fits your personality.
Remember, you not only have to deal with the color on the outside. The cabin is somehow yellow-ized too because of the contrast with the all-black interior.
There will only be 500 units produced of the Series.Yellow. There are no pricing details yet, but expect it to come somewhere near the price range of $30,000.
Source: Car And Driver
The Subaru WRX STI, which was tweaked to achieve 600bhp and a 180mph top speed, will be used to set a new record on the Isle of Man TT course. The company wants a new benchmark beyond the one attained by Mark Higgins in 2014 with a production STI.
When Higgins used the car in 2014, it was close to the standard as possible, except that it comes with uprated dampers and slick tires to manage the track’s vicious bumps. But this time, the Subaru WRX STI is specifically built for the purpose of the competition.
This project is a joint partnership of Subaru USA and the Branbury-based preparation specialist Prodrive. It is fitted with a 2.0-liter turbocharged boxer engine that shares its hardware with the WRC engine. The tuning program mixed this engine up with a larger turbo, allowing it to produce 600bhp and 400 pound-feet of torque.
The WRX STI has a kerb weight of less than 1,200kg, meaning the STI has a comparable power-to-weight ratio to a GT3 racing car.
The STI will have a unique mechanical set up because of the demands of the 37-mile TT circuit, where 75 percent of the lap must be spent in full throttle. This means that the gear above the third shift can go as high as 180mph. The car will also have better handling and durability.
And to make the maneuvering better for the driver, the WRX STI will also have the Drag Reduction System (DRS)—born out of Prodrive’s history with Aston Martin’s GT racing. This system can be activated through a button on the dashboard.
The suspension will play an important role for the project, too. What the tuning program did is to set up the car’s EXE-TC dampers similar to that of a tarmac rally car. The front splitter is low, but higher than the ones on a circuit car.
The attempt to break the record will take place in the next few days as the TT schedule is unveiled. More details are bound to come out soon.
Subaru has finally revealed spec and technical details of its new Levorg STI. This after it confirmed that Subaru Tecnica International, or STI, is in the plant for the performance variant of the Levorg wagon.
Officially, it is called the Levorg STI Sport Wagon, which is probably going to be similar to the World Rally Blue concept, according to a source. Subaru did not intend for the Levorg STI to be its halo car, so not much can be expected in terms of power.
Instead, what the Subaru wagon offers is an upgrade in aesthetics and some minor tweaks for better driving dynamics.
On the outside, the Levorg STI will sport a more aggressive profile because of its new grill and front fascia with larger air dams. The fact that Subaru made this to be performance ready can be seen on the styling of the body, the subtle side skirts, the chromed twin tip exhaust, and a rear diffuser similar to the Forester tS.
To complete its looks, the Levorg STI will also be coming with 18-inch multi-spoke alloys.
Inside, there are some changes, too. The Bordeaux on black STI sport-specific leather seats certainly added elegance and to the Levorg STI’s interior. And to boost that sporty look, the seats can be covered as well in STI’s signature dark red stitching along with the Bordeaux. The contrast is astounding, especially on the use of the dark red stitching on the center console, steering wheel and gear levels.
STI’s logo is embroidered on the seats’ headrests and plates on the door sills.
The Levorg STI Sport Wagon will come with either the 1.6L 170 PS flat-four turbo or the 300 PS 2.0L FA20 turbo, which is standard with Japanese specs. Both of these engines will be partnered with a lineartronic CVT transmission with all-wheel drive.
The only change done in terms of the drivetrain is the addition of uprated springs, revised steering, and upgraded dampers.
The new Sport Wagon from Subaru is expected to arrive this summer in Japan. There is no report yet if this will be offered outside Japan.
The Subaru Forester made a name for itself in the past years, especially with the completely revised 2014 version. For next year, Forester is getting a few updates for a mere $200 on top of the current prices according to a report.
It’s a bargain from Subaru considering that the 2017 Forester is getting these slew of new features: a revised front grille, bumper, and new headlights.
Also upgraded is the EyeSight system. It now includes a Lane Keep Assist while Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Reverse Automatic Braking have become standard.
In particular, the Forester 2.0XT Touring offers an available Active Torque Vectoring system.
Basically, we can expect everything in the 2014 Forester being carried over, except it’s so much better. The engines and transmissions remain unchanged, too.
Base models still get the 2.5-liter flat-four mated to a six-speed manual transmission, which is good for 170 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. CVT is optional.
There’s the more powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged flat-four engine too that is capable of 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet. If you want the turbo, you have to choose the CVT option.
Trim levels still include 2.5i, Premium, Limited, and Touring for the 2.5-liter while the more-upscale 2.0-liter turbo is adorned with the Premium and Touring trims.
In all, the new Forester is a kill in terms of performance, although you have to look pass the very generic exterior.
There are a few changes on the front end—grille, lower fascia, and the headlights with LED accents main beams. The taillights also have that C-shaped LED element to tie it together with the headlights.
On certain trim levels, there are new alloy wheel designs that contribute to the Forester’s more mature and sculpted look.
Both wheel designs have a high-contrast black and machined finish look. The 2.5i Premium models get the 17-inch wheels while the 2.0XT receives the 18-inch rollers.
The base model 2.5i starts at $22,595 while the 2.0XT Touring begins at $33,295, both including an $850 destination charge.
Choosing the CVT in either the 2.5i or 2.5i Premium costs $1,000 or $500 more, respectively. Otherwise, the CVT’s cost is included in the other 2.5i trim packages.
Subaru Tecnica International, Subaru’s performance arm, just confirmed the company’s plan to launch a high performance version of its Levorg wagon. According to a source, it will be based on the Levorg STI concept introduced during the 2016 Tokyo Auto Salon.
The concept is due to start production this summer, but it won’t be coming to the United States market since the Levorg was never really offered there.
Unlike the previous BRZ tS, the Subaru Levorg STI won’t be another lame duck attempt. Instead, it will more likely offer dedicated performance like the WRX STI, which was celebrated when it was launched.
Subaru is basically claiming this would be a more mature performance car. It is launching the vehicle to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the brand’s love for horizontally-opposed “boxer” engines. The release seems to be an appeal also for consumers who lamented the company’s decision to end the production of the hatchback body style of the current-generation WRX STI.
No other details have been released by Subaru, although reports are pointing out to a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, which we saw on the original Levorg STI concept. What we saw on the concept is that it’s also fitted with 18-inch wheels, especially-tuned dampers and an elegant interior with two-tone leather trim.
The concept also featured a CVT.
All of these features were included in the wagon as an attempt by Subaru’s design team to come up with a performance car for the older and more conservative types who were unimpressed by the WRX STI.
There’s no actual detail yet on when Subaru is planning to introduce the Levorg STI to the market, but the company has been hinting since 2011, when it launched the Advanced Tourer concept, of such a vehicle. Let us expect the Levorg STI wagon anytime soon.
Subaru of America Inc. has announced an update to the 2017 Forester. This mid-cycle refresh course includes a slight revised front and rear fascias, a few interior upgrades, and a new active safety equipment.
According to Subaru, the main changes can be found on the styling, the new driver assist technology, interior comfort, enhanced driving performance, and a better fuel-saving feature.
What Subaru is most proud of in its revised 2017 Forester is the EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, which incorporated color cameras to provide a wider and longer field of vision. The system also includes a Lane Keep Assist, which detects when a vehicle sways and would gently guide it to the center of the lane.
The Forester Limited and Touring models will also have the Blind Spot Detection and Red Cross Traffic Alert, both of which can help the driver prevent accidents on the road. The Premium models that are equipped with the EyeSight also get the Blind Spot Detection and Red Cross Traffic Alert features.
More, the safety feature packs the High Beam Assist, Steering Responsive Headlights, and the Reverse Automatic Braking on the 2017 Limited and Touring models.
The exterior was redesigned with a refined front bumper cover, a new hexagonal grille and headlights, and a rear spoiler that matches the body color will now come standard on all Premium, Limited, Touring and XT Premium models.
Inside, the new Forester has an all-new Saddle Brown perforated leather-trimmed upholstery with contrast stitching. You can also choose a matching brown leather trim to the door panels, center console storage box lid, and other interior details.
The new 17-inch wheels are standard on the 2.5i Premium and Limited models while the new 18-inch wheel design will come standard on 2.0X trims.
Subaru‘s 2017 Impreza will ride on the new modular platform the company introduced earlier this week. The new redesigned compact in both sedan and hatchback variants will debut later this month—on March 23 to be exact—at the New York Auto Show.
Aside from a redesigned platform, the new compact will also have a sleeker design language compared to the Subaru Impreza Sedan and Impreza Hatchback shown earlier during the auto show season.
But of course, remember that Subaru always churned out mightily impressive stylish cars as concepts that turn out to be a dud in production. This has been the curse of the company in the past years. Here’s hoping Subaru can break that cycle, though leaks of the production 2017 Impreza don’t look as good as the concept.
The Subaru Global Platform, which will be used as well other future Subarus, promises improved refinement, a lower center of gravity, and increased stiffness.
The platform is 70 to 100 percent more rigid than the current chassis, and it is 40 percent more in terms of impact energy absorption.
The key Subaru features will remain, so the new Impreza will likely have a boxer-four engine and all-wheel drive as standard.
Customers can also enjoy Subaru’s EyeSight, which included active safety features, as well as other tech features. The interior is likely to be more spacious too.
The new Impreza hatchback was first seen in silver at the Tokyo Motor Show while a red sedan added a trunk at the LA Auto Show a month later.
However, the debut will only include the more basic Impreza lineup. Subaru fans will have to wait for a new version of the Impreza-based sport compact. But those who want the next XV Crosstrek may enjoy having it sooner since it was already previewed as a concept at the Geneva Auto Show last week.
When it comes to the motor world, all it takes is a small piece of news to start a rumor. A rumor, soon turns into a wild fire that spreads unstoppably and takes the entire world under its spell. Also, what happens is that while there are a lot of credible sources, there isn’t really an easy way to confirm what is true and what is not, which leads to more excitement. Everyone is left wondering what is coming up next for them and that adds fuel to the fire. This is exactly what is happening as far as the upcoming Subaru Viziv 2 is concerned. This is a baby that is born amidst a lot of rumors. It is actually very difficult to say if these stories are going to stop anytime soon but what is definitely going to happen is that they are going to make the world more thrilled about this new kid on the block. And that is just the kind of thing that a new vehicle desires in this world of massive competition, when there are so many fish in the sea. Every vehicle could use some extra attention and in the case of the upcoming Subaru Viziv 2, it is guaranteed.
So, while the entire world has their share of rumors, in Japan, the prevalent belief about the upcoming Subaru Viziv 2 is that it is going to be a reflection of the next-gen Forester. In addition, it might also have features that it shares with the brilliant Outback that was unveiled in recent times. That is something that we have heard from credible sources but when we probed further it appeared to be a little distant from this popular belief. It turns out that it is not true at all. Or at least, that is what evidences reveal. This new offering from Subaru is a world apart from the other two vehicles that we just mentioned. It might have a thing or two that it shares with them but definitely, it is not in the same league as them. In fact, if anything, it is going to offer a set of new features and be a step ahead of other new offerings that are going to come our way at the same time as this one.
There are enough evidences that point out that the upcoming Subaru Viziv 2 is going to set a new tone for the new range of SUVs that Subaru is planning in the near future. It is going to be a trendsetter in every sense of the word. What else can we say, considering we have heard that it has a new style and a new aura even when it comes to performance? It is something that will inspire the other SUVs that will get down to the road. While we have heard that there are definitely going to be two variants –one large and one small, nothing for sure can be said about the different features they will sport. In any case, we just can’t wait for this one to reveal itself to us!