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Details released by Subaru today.

January 5, 2017
SUBARU DEBUTS 2018 WRX® AND WRX STI® WITH PERFORMANCE, COMFORT AND SAFETY UPGRADES

Revised front styling for a more aggressive look
Suspension optimized for better handling and ride comfort
New 19-inch wheels, upgraded Brembo® brakes and revised DCCD All-Wheel Drive give WRX STI wider performance envelope
New available Recaro® power seats
Performance Package option for WRX models
New EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology safety features
Upgraded interior materials and quieter cabin
Cherry Hill, N.J. - Subaru of America, Inc., which this month posted its eighth consecutive year of record-breaking sales, today introduced the 2018 WRX and WRX STI, each debuting performance, comfort, design and safety enhancements for a more rewarding driving experience. The new models reach Subaru retailers in spring.

A restyled front fascia WRX and WRX STI shows a sportier attitude, highlighted by a more pronounced grille design, along with a larger lower grille opening. The WRX Limited and all STI feature redesigned LED Steering Responsive Headlights that help illuminate curves in nighttime driving. For greater versatility, all WRX and STI models now feature new roof rack mounting brackets.

WRX for 2018
With its 268-hp, 2.0-liter direct injection turbocharged BOXER engine, Symmetrical All Wheel Drive and Active Torque Vectoring, the rally-bred WRX is a performance and value benchmark in the high-performance AWD sport-compact segment. The WRX comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission and offers an optional performance automatic transmission, the Sport Lineartronic® CVT with manual mode.

The WRX features new front and rear suspension tuning for improved steering stability and ride comfort, while retaining the car’s high cornering performance capability. Subaru significantly enhanced shifter feel for the 6-speed manual transmission, with a new synchro design and reduced friction, along with smoother clutch take-up. The WRX electric power steering (EPS) was revised to provide an even smoother, more natural feel, while integrating the steering motor and electronic control unit reduces weight.

A new optional Performance Package for the WRX Premium features Recaro 8-way power seats, red-painted brake calipers and upgraded JURID brake pads, and deletes the moonroof to reduce weight. The standard 18-inch wheels feature a bold new double-spoke design.

WRX STI for 2018
A comprehensive handling enhancement for the 2018 STI includes the revised suspension tuning as featured on the WRX, plus a revised DCCD AWD system, significantly upgraded brakes and this model’s first-ever 19-inch wheels. The DCCD system, which previously used a combination of mechanical and electronic center limited slip differential control, now uses electronic control for quicker and smoother response. The 19-inch alloy wheels feature a striking Y-shaped spoke design and carry 245/35R19 tires that help raise cornering performance while giving the STI an even more aggressive stance.

The yellow-painted brake calipers identify a significantly upgraded Brembo Performance Brake System that now uses stronger monoblock 6-piston calipers in front, monoblock 2-piston calipers in the rear and larger, drilled rotors all around for better heat dissipation. New brake pads provide significantly greater surface area for improved braking feel and fade resistance. The STI also offers the Recaro seats (standard on STI Limited, optional for base trim).

Powered by a 305-hp 2.5-liter turbocharged BOXER engine, the WRX STI brings rally-bred performance technology to the road with Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. Standard handling technologies include Active Torque Vectoring and Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control.

Improved Usability with a Sporting Edge
The everyday usability that has contributed to WRX and STI popularity gets even better for 2018. All models feature upgraded interior materials, rear seat armrest with cup holders, redesigned interior door grips and faster remote trunk opening.

New measures that reduce unwanted noise include thicker door glass, revised door sealing and a foam-filled windshield header beam. A new, larger high-definition multi-function display (5.9-inch vs. 4.3-inch before) makes it easier to see vehicle functions at a glance. WRX Limited models feature power driver’s seat lumbar adjustment. The standard WRX adds heated exterior mirrors (already standard on others), while the WRX Premium upgrades to a SUBARU STARLINK™ 7.0” multimedia unit from the previous STARLINK 6.2” unit.

Safety
Subaru revised the front structure of the WRX and WRX STI for enhanced frontal collision performance. The WRX Limited, when equipped with EyeSight Driver Assist Technology now features Vehicle Hold (AVH), and a new EyeSight Assist Monitor (EAM). The EAM uses LED indicators to display EyeSight status and alerts on the windshield, allowing the driver to see them without diverting eyes from the road ahead. The AVH feature replaces the Hill Holder and Hill Start Assist functions and offers greater functionality, holding the vehicle on all road grades, not only inclines. For example, AVH can help reduce driver fatigue by holding the car at traffic lights, and then can seamlessly transition to acceleration.

About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 620 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information, visit media.subaru.com.
http://media.subaru.com/pressrelease/1067/1/subaru-debuts-2018-wrx-wrx-sti-performance-comfort

Big brake upgrade... I'm pretty surprised about the choice of drilled rotors...



New 19" wheels for the STI; Looks a bit like a larger version of the base Enkei wheels from the 2015-2017



Recaros are a nice addition.



Some nice additions for a mid-cycle refresh.



New Multifunction display looks way cooler



I guess there's a different front fascia? And no fogs? Or are those LED strips on the bumper? EDIT: They are not LED strips.

 

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The steering-linked headlamps were truly innovative and a major safety feature... when introduced by Citroen... 60 years ago!

I'd like to see large round fog lamps and pronounced fenders but I like the interior and I'm hoping the brakes work well. Nice refresh as said.
 

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I don't understand the need for wheels to get larger and larger. I'm perfectly fine with 17 or 18 inch wheels. Is there any benefit to larger wheels aside from aesthetics?
 

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I don't understand the need for wheels to get larger and larger. I'm perfectly fine with 17 or 18 inch wheels. Is there any benefit to larger wheels aside from aesthetics?
With the new brakes, I doubt a 17" wheel would fit.
 

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Those brakes are gigantinormous. I can't imagine the collective butt clench of all the people expecting a non EJ engine thougj

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Will we be able to retrofit many of these updates? I'm curious of how the new roof rails for rack will be considering they removed them from the '15-'17. Hoping updated suspension tuning is just an easy strut/spring swap. Updated steering might be a little more complicated to retrofit. But dang, I want the bigger display up top...
 

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No Android Auto HU?
WTH?

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I like the changes and am glad to see some improvements on materials and insulation. These appreciations are probably directly related to getting older. lol
I can say this, the lights (even with the fogs) on my '16 limited kinda suck. When it's dark and rainy...driving on asphalt roads...I can't see s**t. I have excellent vision FWIW. I hope these new LEDs they're talking about improve that tremendously.
 

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I like the direction Subaru is taking with the WRX and STI. If I have no big issues during the next few years with my WRX when the STI gets a new engine that will likely be my next car if I can afford the 40k+ price tag. Driving manual is not a big deal since my commute seems to be mostly highway.

No new engine for STI and I might just get a new WRX in 4 years.
 

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I like the changes and am glad to see some improvements on materials and insulation. These appreciations are probably directly related to getting older. lol
I can say this, the lights (even with the fogs) on my '16 limited kinda suck. When it's dark and rainy...driving on asphalt roads...I can't see s**t. I have excellent vision FWIW. I hope these new LEDs they're talking about improve that tremendously.
I'm surprised that you think the Limited LED headlights suck. I have a '17 and I believe the headlights are the same. I love in a rural area and I think the headlights are great.
Now, the OEM fog lights are not only useless, but the color doesn't match, at all. Yuck!
I fixed this by installing the Morimoto XB fogs. They really make a difference and match the color of the LED headlights well. They are pricey, but I'm satisfied.

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I'm surprised that you think the Limited LED headlights suck. I have a '17 and I believe the headlights are the same. I love in a rural area and I think the headlights are great.
Now, the OEM fog lights are not only useless, but the color doesn't match, at all. Yuck!
I fixed this by installing the Morimoto XB fogs. They really make a difference and match the color of the LED headlights well. They are pricey, but I'm satisfied.

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Well don't be surprised because they do officially suck. According to the IIHS, these newer HID and LED lights need some serious work on most vehicles in general. I believe every pickup, for example, received a 'poor' rating.
However, I will keep the fog light change in the back of my mind.


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Link to the iihs report?

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Link to the iihs report?

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There isn't one for the WRX specifically yet. I'm generalizing based on the new headlight ratings they're doing. There are plenty of tests on several other cars/trucks though. Auto manufacturers are taking notice already & making improvements. They got ahead of themselves with the endless LED design possibilities and forgot about functionality. My personal experiences based on the conditions and my actual car is that there's plenty of room for improvement. I can't even see the lines when it's raining.


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I wasn't doubting I just wanted to read about the tests. What is failing them? Visibility or blinding people? I've always preferred hid as the light seems to carry further.

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It's on topic I would think because of Subarus safety marketing. I'm curious if they were pushing for those marks

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