Prices unlikely to change when the refreshed 2016 Subaru WRX and STI arrive in Australia, although likely to benefit from key feature upgrades.

THE REFRESHED 2016 Subaru WRX and STi have been revealed in the US overnight with key feature upgrades, including enhanced safety technology and infotainment units. While Subaru Australia has been busy announcing price cuts across its entire range of new cars, it’s unlikely the 2015 WRX and STI will realise price cuts as the WRX particularly already costs less here than it did when it was launched in 1994.

Refreshed 2016 Subaru WRX and STI

Like the refreshed Forester range, the WRX is likely to benefit from a new infotainment unit which borrows from smartphones and allows control via touch, flick and pinch. More than that, the infotainment unit on the WRX, which will be 6.3-inches wide should provide Pandora connectivity, speech recognition for phrases and dialogue, Bluetooth, sat-nav and more.

From a design point of view, the 2016 WRX and STI are likely to remain unchanged, with all of the updates relating to spec and interior tweaks only.

If the US update is anything to go by, Australia could see a new safety pack offered for the WRX Limited with CVT, it could include EyeSight as well as navigation and Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Practical Motoring contacted Subaru Australia and were told local details for the 2016 WRX and STI still hadn’t been finalised. Watch this space.


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