Hot on the heels of our announcement on the NR4-spec Subaru WRX STIs coming to Australia comes news of Subaru Australia’s MY2016 WRX and WRX STI updates.

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The update sees the WRX manual and CVT variants gain 18-inch alloys and a 6.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Despite this, both remain unchanged in price. The manual WRX retails for $38,990 and the CVT at $40,990.

Moving into the WRX Premium you gain Subaru’s respected Vision Assist technologies. These include blind spot monitoring, lane change assist, auto-dim rear view mirror, high beam assist, side view monitor, rear cross traffic alert and power-folding exterior mirrors.

In addition a fully-integrated 7.0-inch infotainment system introduces a ‘wide array of functions, including pinch/zoom, voice recognition and Pandora capability,’ according to Subaru.

The tech and spec gains do come at a cost. The WRX Premium manual increases $900 to $44,890 and the CVT variant is now $46,890.

The entry-level WRX STI benefits from a price reduction of of $500, to $49,490. Opt for the traditional wing, as with the MY15 WRX STI we reviewed earlier this year, and the price is reduced by $200.

WRX STI Premium variants, which gain the larger infotainment and all the Vision Assist technologies outlined for the WRX Premium, have increased to $55,390 without spoiler (a $400 rise), or $55,690 (a $700 hike) with.

Subaru Australia Managing Director Nick Senior said, “WRX and WRX STI are already selling at levels unseen since the late 1990s and the latest list of new technologies can only boost their turbocharged sales success even further.” That, and perhaps re-entering the Australian Rally Championship…

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