WATCH: The new Subaru WRX looks to silence the critics

The past few years have not been good for the Subaru WRX. From a WRC-derived pin-up in the PlayStation era of the 1990s and early 2000s, it was somewhat tamed until Subaru decided to brand it as its own model separate from the Impreza.

While it has outlasted its archrival, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo, the WRX is now minus the STI, following Subaru’s controversial decision to focus on pairing the moniker with electrification.

That means the WRX is now Yes, really its own model, although using the Impreza’s global platform as a base. It’s even more controversial the crossover sedan of the new WRX see.

While staying a sedan rather than an SUV is commendable, the move is unlikely to be universally accepted. These include the presence of a new CVT called Subaru Performance Transmission, available as an option over the standard six-speed manual.

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If you select that, it also packs some extra features, including the latest iteration of the brand’s EyeSight safety and driver assistance system, which shines with elements not offered in the manual.

Probably the biggest highlight is the new 2.4-liter FA24 turbocharged boxer boxer engine replacing only the venerable 2.0- and 2.5-liter EJ units were discontinued three years ago, but delivers more power; 202 kW compared to 197 kW with the same torque of 350 Nm.

Priced at R859,000 in tS ES guise, the inclusion of the ‘box, plus a couple of luxurious and the EyeSight means a premium of R100,000 over the unmarked ‘simpler’ manual.

Question is, is it worth it? Find out once we’ve headed over to Gerotek to find out.

WATCH: The new Subaru WRX looks to silence the critics

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