The Dodge Hornet is coming, but it’s still in the rumor stage. Meanwhile, Subaru has thrown down a brand new 2022 WRX. Subaru claims upgraded handling and a new direct-injection turbocharged boxer engine for its 2022 performance sedan. The status of the STi high-performance model is currently unknown but there’s a new GT trim, and all WRXs get LED headlights.
The fifth generation WRX boats a 271 horsepower 2.4 liter engine, with an updated, faster-“shifting” CVT automatic transmission or a six-speed manual transmission. Torque is 258 pound-feet from 2,000 to 5,200 rpm, a much broader torque curve than in the past. Symmetrical all wheel drive with active torque vectoring is standard, as usual. The CVT can do rev-matching downshifts under breaking for quicker engine response; it’s got wider gearing with lower fixed ratios, and an eight-speed manumatic mode using paddle shifters. Buyers can opt for an external transmission fluid cooler.
The electric power steering is a dual-pinion setup for quicker responses, with a configurable feel. The GT provides drive modes and an electronically controlled suspension with comfort, sport, and normal settings. Torsional rigidity is up by 28% and suspension mounting-point rigidity is up by 75%; the suspension has greater articulation, too, and the rear anti-sway bar is now body-mounted rather than subframe-mounted. Summer performance tires are standard, on 17 or 18 inch wheels with ventilated disc brakes at every wheel.
The multimedia system has a massive 11.6-inch screen, beating Mopar’s new 10-inchers; all the usual features are present, including wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. GT buyers alone get the adjustable suspension and new Recaro® seats; the GT also comes with adaptive cruise and automatic emergency steering.
The new Dodge Hornet is expected to use a modified version of the Jeep Compass platform, with a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder hybrid all-wheel-drive system. It will be interesting to see how that compares with the new Sube.