So it turns out we've got more to look forward to from Subaru than we thought. Less than a month after the all-new Impreza impressed by taking Japan Car of the Year honors, the Japanese carmaker announced that it will be unveiling an updated version of its meaner brothers, the WRX and WRX STI.
The two cars are set to make their debut at next week's North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. Headlining the vehicles' improvements are a handful of aesthetic revisions, enhanced safety features, an optimized suspension, and upgraded components.
Up front, the WRX and WRX STI feature a redone front fascia, new steering-responsive LED headlights, and a restyled front grille with a larger opening. The WRX runs on newly-designed 18-inch aluminum wheels, while the STI runs on the model's first-ever 19-inch alloys. All this, the company says, work hand in hand to convey a sportier overall demeanor. Inside, the cars get better materials and door panels, new Recaro power seats (the STI gets this with sporty red-colored seatbelts), and thicker glass to reduce NVH levels.
Performance-wise, Subaru has optimized suspension and steering ability, as well as revised the cars' power steering to provide a comfier ride and a more natural experience behind the wheel. The WRX receives red brake calipers and better Jurid brake pads, while the STI gets Brembo performance brakes with yellow calipers. What's more, the company has enhanced the WRX's shifter to produce less friction and the STI's AWD system for quicker and smoother response. New safety features include auto vehicle hold, eyesight assist monitor, and the aforementioned steering-responsive headlights.
This is only the tip of the iceberg, not just for Subaru but for the rest of the carmakers attending NAIAS 2017. We can expect a ton of other new rides to be revealed at next week's show, so be sure to stay tuned for more. For now, you can drool at the photos of the updated WRX and WRX STI below: