The 2015 Subaru WRX will make its debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show next week – that much we know for sure. We'll have all of the official specs very soon, but it seems Jalopnik has stumbled upon an official-looking document that spells out some of the 'Rex's finer details, including the availability of a continuously variable transmission.

Now, before you throw your laptops and phones out the window, know this: a proper manual transmission will still be available. Do remember, the WRX has always had an automatic option, and the move to a CVT for the 2015 model isn't terribly surprising. According to the document, the new WRX will use a 2.0-liter turbocharged flat-four – a change from the 2.5-liter engine in the current car. Subaru also employs a 2.0T boxer engine in the Forester, where it's mated to a CVT. What's more, the Impreza on which the new WRX is based also uses a CVT in favor of a conventional automatic.

Jalopnik points out that the more hardcore WRX STI will use a 2.5-liter turbo-four, and will only be available with a manual transmission. Additionally, there will reportedly be a "launch edition" of the STI, painted in the car's signature WR Blue (fingers crossed for gold wheels!).

We'll have the full smattering of WRX info next week, so stay tuned.


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      sp33dklz
      • 1 Year Ago
      People just need to calm down, they\'re not ditching the manual transmission. Grow up. If they have tons of sales with the CVT, so be it, it just means they\'ll continue to produce a car that we love, with manual and auto trans.
      Nick Allain
      • 1 Year Ago
      "I'd rather be dead" said the Evo. "We can arrange that." said Mitsubishi.
      Andrew Pappas
      • 1 Year Ago
      CVT is probably a better option than the 4 speed auto Subaru used to use. Make mine a manual please. Watch, they'll make it available in a hatch, but CVT only just to screw with me.
      SYMAWD
      • 1 Year Ago
      The last automatic WRX at least in the U.S. was in a way the 2009 Impreza 2.5GT which were essentially a 2008 WRX. However, for the US market I wouldn't say one has always been available.
      truewhiteboy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cool, a manual and a potentially good CVT? (their performance CVT in the FXT has been getting great reviews) The new engine upgrades seem nice too, just wish they could have come up with something closer to the concept.
      RG1527
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would buy one with a CVT. My Wife refuses to learn how to drive a manual and she would be able to drive that. Que sad trombone...
        BG
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RG1527
        Why does your wife "refuse" to learn how to dive manual trans.? It really is not all that difficult; my mom, sisters, wife, and daughter all drive manual exclusively.
      thedriveatfive
      • 1 Year Ago
      I bet 50% of sales will be CVT. If you dont like it buy the manual and realize the CVT makes the model a viable one, without it the WRX is a harder sell on numbers and likely economy also. You can always buy the manual version. Like everyone else said the real tragedy is no hatch... it makes it less usable as a day to day vehicle. The hatch makes it a viable small suv competitor for the majority of uses.
      herrstreet
      • 1 Year Ago
      I guess it's appropriately lumpy, particularly up front. I wouldn't have minded a bit more drama from the a-pillar back but everyone who has basically said this is a driver's car and not for someone who's looking for elegance is dead on. I'm glad the car still exists and I hope there will continue to be a market for it. I do wish that it were a dual clutch auto, because I can't see the cvt being robust enough to really flog it. But perhaps I'm wrong.
      Jerrycobra
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have driven CVTs, and they are not that bad, as much as I dislike them they have great acceleration feel due to it being always "geared" to the powerband. But in the end i prefer a conventional geared automatic over a CVT any day. But of course 3 pedals is still superior
      godwhomismike
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am not sure if there is a compelling reason to get the WRX over the FXT if you are choosing the CVT.
      ralphie
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hate to sound like an a-hole but I guess I will anyway... I like that my car is only available in stick- I feel like it strengthens the sense of camaraderie between owners. A turbo with a CVT will not feel like the same car. At least put a good DCT in there if you need to put an auto option...
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ralphie
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          ravenosa
          • 1 Year Ago
          Sounds like learning how to drive a manual has been a challenge for ya. Stick with it. It's worth it.
          Quen47
          • 1 Year Ago
          Nope. Driving a stick does in fact make you a better person. Fact.
          • 1 Year Ago
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        Tony Stark
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ralphie
        To be fair, I own a BRZ and the difference between the auto option and my 6 speed is quite stark. It still builds camaraderie when I see other BRZ owners with a manual, the ones that have an auto tend to not hang around too long (yes that has two meanings).
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Tony Stark
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      heavychevy
      • 1 Year Ago
      MPG is no argument, but anyone who wants to buy a cvt turbo subaru instead of a stickbox need to consider a differant vehicle.
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