Thursday 27 October 2016
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Subaru Talks Up New 2016 WRX, STI Tech

Subaru Talks Up New 2016 WRX, STI Tech

Maybe it’s timed a little too perfectly, considering J.D. Power just came out with its new Tech Choice study, but Subaru is talking up the new technology in its 2016 WRX and WRX STI models. It’s introducing EyeSight Drive Assist Technology to one model, plus detailing some other technologies like its new Starlink Infotainment System that will come standard across all models.

EyeSight Drive Assist Technology will now be available for the WRX Limited edition with the Sport Lineartronic transmission. The suite of safety features also now offers Lane Keep Assist, in addition to Blind Spot Detection, Pre-Collision Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. This comprehensive technology upgrade package also includes a harman/kardon amplifier and 9-speaker premium sound system, plus Steering Responsive Fog Lights, Keyless Access and Push-Button Start with Pin Code Access.

The automaker’s EyeSight safety system already gets a big thumbs up from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Subaru says when equipped with EyeSight, the 2015 Subaru Forester, Impreza, Legacy, Outback, and XV Crosstrek models received the highest possible score in front crash prevention by the IIHS.

On the entertainment front, every model benefits. Subaru says its Starlink Multimedia Touch Screen Infotainment system will come standard in all trim levels. It gives you things you’d expect, like Bluetooth, music channels galore and a backup camera. The base model gets a 6.2-inch multimedia system, while higher trim levels get a larger 7-inch screen plus gesture controls and dual USB ports.

The 2016 WRX continues in standard, Premium and Limited trim lines, starting at an MSRP of $26,595. The WRX gets a 6-speed manual transmission and offers an optional performance automatic transmission, the Sport Lineartronic with manual mode. It will churn out 268-horsepower thanks to a 2.0-liter direct injection turbo boxer engine and comes standard Symmetrical All Wheel Drive.

The 305-horsepower 2016 WRX STI, which gets a specially reinforced 6-speed manual transmission, is offered in standard and Limited trim lines starting at an MSRP of $34,695. The Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE) powertrain management system (also on the WRX Premium and Limited with automatic transmission) allows the driver to tailor the car’s driving characteristics by choosing from three selectable modes – Intelligent, Sport and Sport Sharp – using a rotary dial on the center console. SI-DRIVE alters vehicle performance characteristics by regulating the engine control module and by fine-tuning the electronic throttle control system.
The WRX and WRX STI will be available this summer.
Photo Credit: Subaru