Is WRX a challenge for the Dodge Hornet?

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.

2022 Subaru WRX

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.

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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.

David Zatz started what was to become the world’s biggest, most comprehensive Mopar site in 1994 as he pursued a career in organizational research and change. After a chemo-induced break, during which he wrote car books covering Vipers, minivans, and Jeeps, he returned with some friends to create StellPower.com, which is intended to end up as an enduring partnership. Contact him at (973) 925-6058 or check out the new junkyard/slant six book he edited.

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