Okay. I’m officially confused.

A Sportswagon is returning to the new Subaru WRX range.

Hang on a minute. Hasn’t Subaru already got a wagon and isn’t it the Levorg?

Well, yes and no. They’ve only sold eight of them this year, the leftovers so to speak — Levorg is no longer part of the lineup.

The big news is that the WRX Sportswagon is preparing to make a triumphant return as part of the new WRX lineup in 2022.

To put this in perspective, Subaru changed the name of its turbocharged WRX wagon to Levorg in 2017, a bid to give the wagon a life of its own — and hopefully bolster sales.

It was a WRX in everything but name, with the same platform, wheelbase, engine, and all-wheel drive setup along with active torque vectoring.

Levorg was available with a 125kW 1.6- or 197kW 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, but only came with a CVT-style auto.

Regardless, it was a sweet thing, packing plenty of performance in a practical wagon format — but the experiment mustn’t have worked out.

2021 Subaru Levorg Fully Revealed Debuts EyeSight X ... 2021 Subaru Levorg
2021 Subaru Levorg

Fast forward and Subaru Australia is thrilled this week to announce a highly anticipated WRX Sportswagon will arrive on Australian shores in the second quarter of the year.

Subaru boss Blair Read said the Sportswagon will be a model in its own right, with both the sedan and Sportswagon featuring unique specification tailored to their respective audiences.

Sounds very familiar.

Both sedan and wagon will get the same 2.4-litre boxer engine this time around, but a quick look at the features list reveals the wagon will once again be offered only as an auto.

The 2.4 produces 202kW of power, just 5kW more than the current 2.0-litre model.

“The WRX Sportswagon offers Australians an additional version of this performance machine with enhanced practicality for everyday use,” he said.

“We’re confident the all-new WRX and WRX Sportswagon will continue to build upon the performance model’s rich heritage as it ushers in a new era of style, technology, razor sharp handling and exhilaration.”

Customers can register their interest for the all-new Subaru WRX and WRX Sportswagon here.


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Chris Riley has been a journalist for 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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