The 2022 Subaru WRX Design Is A Semi-Failure, Here’s How It Can Be Improved

The sedan has lost some of its halo lately, and some of it is undoubtedly down to the fact that its level of performance has been matched, or even surpassed, the competition. Is. The glorious days when Subaru led the world rallying scene now seem far away, as do the times when the WRX STI was one of the must-see posters every ten years.

It’s worth bearing in mind that Subaru has only launched the 2022 WRX, with a potential STI variant still only available in theory, so there may still be room for improvement as far as performance goes. However, we’re not here to talk about the car’s acceleration or handling, but something equally important, if much more subjective: its design.

After the Subaru WRX Concept from 2013 and the Subaru Visive Performance Concept from 2017, the two cars that everyone thought were previews of the next generation of WRX models, instead what we got is a 2022 model that looks very similar to either of them. Is. Remember that Jesus Christ mural renovated in Spain by an amateur painter? It seems like. It’s like being told to a wannabe designer,”look at those two concepts and try to make something like them”, and then everyone went on vacation until it was too late.

We can be a little harsh on the new model, but you have to agree that its styling is a bit heavy, not so much when you compare it to those two show cars. People were expecting a bloody revolution, not the velvety development we got.

Among those disappointed by Subaru’s lack of Kozon is The Sketch Monkey (TSM), the independent designer known for taking different cars and, more often than not, improving them. In the realm of the all-digital world, of course.

The TSM’s main two gripes with the new WRX relate to its wheels and the oddly oversized air diffuser at the rear. The main problem with the wheels has nothing to do with the rims themselves, but with Subaru’s decision to put those plastic flares on the wheel arches. Yes, they make the car more rugged, but they also visibly shrink the wheels to oblivion, giving the impression that the WRX shopping cart is on rollers.

The back follows the same trend as it featuring a darker plastic than we’re normally used to. That’s not necessarily a bad thing in itself, but even without any design training, we could tell there was something wrong with that part of the sedan. TSM says it’s due to the ratio between the lightsaber and the plasticy bits and since we don’t have a better explanation (if you had asked us we’d just say “we don’t like it”), we’ll go with that.

With the problems identified, we are halfway to making the 2022 Subaru WRX the beautiful sporty sedan it deserves. TSM takes care of the other half as well by slightly interfering on an image of the new model and while we are still not completely on board with the rear, there is no denying that it looks better than it did before the modifications. . I wish they had Photoshop for real life too.

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