The WRX comes in three trims for 2018, and enthusiasts will be happy to know that all trims will be available with a six-speed manual transmission.

Subaru's WRX sedan is set to become even sportier for the 2018 model year, and will even include an optional new RS Package, which Subaru says will make it the "sportiest WRX yet." Despite numerous upgrades, the sedan starts at $29,995, which is the same as the previous model year.

The Japanese automaker says that every WRX for the 2018 model year gains numerous driving improvements, including improved steering feel, revised suspension tuning, and better noise reduction throughout the cabin. Manual-equipped models get a revised shift lever, and the company says the transmission and clutch feel have both been improved. Models outfitted with the continuously variable transmission, meanwhile, get improvements to the gear selector operation.

2018 - Subaru WRX STI
2018 - Subaru WRX STI

The WRX comes in three trims for 2018 - WRX ($29,995), WRX Sport ($33,195), and WRX Sport-tech ($36,495) - and enthusiasts will be happy to know that all trims will be available with a six-speed manual transmission. The aforementioned RS Package is only available on the Sport-tech trim, and includes eight-way power adjustable leather and Ultrasuede Recaro front seats, Ultrasuede and leather seating material on rear seats, Jurid brake pads, and red-painted calipers.

For the first time in Canada, the WRX will be available with Subaru's EyeSight safety technology, though availability will be limited to the Sport-tech with CVT trim exclusively. Eyesight includes a slew of active and passive safety features including pre-collision braking, pre-collision brake assist, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane sway warning, lane keep assist, Auto Vehicle Hold, and the EyeSight Assist Monitor. This is the most expensive 2018 WRX, with an MSRP of $39,095.

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The latest WRX also gets a revised front bumper and door trim, an updated front grille, a revised fog light bezel, more passenger side body strength, and a new roof bracket. The interior sees an updated instrument panel and centre console trims, a new fold-down centre rear armrest with cup holders, a revised gauge cluster, and for those who are all about upgraded tech, a new 5.9-inch high-resolution colour multi-function display.

One thing that carries over from 2017 is the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder boxer engine, which makes 268-horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. As with most Subaru models, symmetrical all-wheel drive is also standard on every WRX. The four-door-only WRX doesn't have a lot of competition, but in terms of power numbers, it does handily outperform the upcoming front-wheel drive Honda Civic Si sedan (205 hp/192 lb-ft of torque).

Sales for the 2018 WRX begin in June. Stay tuned to Motor1 for future driving impressions.

2018 Subaru WRX and WRX STI pictured below.

 

Source: Subaru

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