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Release of 2016 Subaru WRX Announced

Posted by Subaru of Niagara

Jun 3, 2015 11:47:17 AM

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Subaru recently announced the release of it’s newest performance sedan, the 2016 WRX. The latest model boasts numerous technologies to enhance the driver experience with improved response, sharper handling and superior control.

Starting at $29,995, the WRX is available in three trim levels.  The entry level WRX offers an audio system with 6.2-inch high-resolution touchscreen display, STARLINK smartphone integration, updated steering wheel-integrated controls and a one-touch turn signal.

Stepping up to the WRX Sport Package adds door mirrors with LED-integrated turn signals and the Subaru Rear/Side Vehicle Detection System (SRVD) that features Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Side mirrors feature LED indicators and an audible warning that alerts the driver of vehicles in their blind spot or when changing lanes.

The top level WRX Sport-tech Package ups the ante with new 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels and upgraded suspension. An upgraded audio system features a 7-inch high-resolution capacitive touchscreen display with GPS navigation system, dual USB port/iPod control, auxiliary audio input, SMS text messaging capability and SiriusXM Satellite Radio with a free 3-month trial subscription.

For superior sport performance, the all WRX models are powered by a 268-horsepower 2.0-litre direct-injection turbocharged (DIT) SUBARU BOXER engine, available in a six-speed manual transmission or a sport-tuned Sport Lineartronic automatic transmission featuring smooth shifting and an impressive 8-speed manual shift mode with sharp shifting response.

The 2016 WRX offers a variety of features for all-around safety.  Combining a light body, chassis rigidity and performance, full-time All-Wheel Drive, oversized brakes with high-performance ABS, and a highly advanced multi-mode Vehicle Dynamics Control system, gives the WRX the best hazard avoidance in its class.  

Like all Subaru models, the 2016 WRX uses the brand's proven ring-shaped reinforcement frame and features a full array of restraints and airbags including dual-stage deployment front airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, a driver's knee airbag, and side-curtain airbags for front and rear passengers.

With exceptional sport performance, cutting edge technology and comprehensive safety features, you’ll want to test drive a Subaru WRX today!


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Topics: subaru, Boxer Engine, WRX, EyeSight, subaru canada

The 2015 Subaru Outback has arrived!

Posted by Alex Digenis

Jun 26, 2014 1:47:16 PM


Revealed earlier this year at the 2014 New York International Auto Show, the 2015 Outback is now available in Canada and ready to take on whatever Canadian drivers throw at it.

For the 2015 model, Subaru is offer either 4- or 6-cylinder BOXER engine options, both with standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive , meaning that drivers will have the power and handling they need to deal with road conditions all year long. The new edition is also being offered with the choice of a 6-speed manual transmission or Lineartronic continuously variable transmission options. Improved poweer assisted steering and an enhanced Vehicle Dynamics Control system contribute to outstanding handling and overall feel.

The 2.5L, 4-cylinder option offers an increase in power over last year’s model, taking the engine power up to 175HP and improved fuel economy as well with the 2015 Outback rated at 7.1L/100KM combined (in the CVT model).

The 3.6L 6-cylinder BOXER engine produces 256HP, the same as 2014, but improvements to the vehicle’s standard CVT have resulted in improved fuel efficiency at 9.5L/100KM combined (11.2L/100KM city, 7.4L/100KM highway).

Trim lines available for the 2015 edition consist of 2.5i, 2.5i & 3.6i Touring, and 2.5i & 3.6 Limited and all models are equipped with Incline Start Assist and Hill Holder System to keep the vehicle in place until the throttle is applied.

New Entertainment Features

Depending on the trim level, 2015 Outback drivers will be equipped with a host of upgraded entertainment features. The 2.5i models come with AM/FM stereo with Sirius XM satellite radio (subscription required) in-dash CD player and a 6.2inch multi-function touchscreen display. The entertainment system will also feature hands-free phone connectivity, courtesy of Subaru STARLINK with Aha smartphone integration, and Bluetooth, a USB port, AUX input jack and iPod control capability.

The Limited packages add a 12-speaker Harman/kardon audio system, a 7-inch touchscreen, with interactive voice command system (capable of operating the dual-zone climate controls) and some additional text messaging and iTunes compatible features.

Improved Interior Space

The new model will comfortably fit the tallest of passengers in the rear seat, offering more than 3 feet of legroom back there. Driver’s will also have more cargo capability with an addition 148 litres of trunk space over the 2014 edition, for a total of 1,005 litres.

Safety & Security

We’re constantly writing about the amazing safety features of our  vehicles and the new Outback lives up to the brand’s reputation. The rear-view camera that was optional on the 2014 edition  has been made standard for the new model, with better placement to provide improved imaging while in use and, for the 2.5i Touring and 3.6 Touring & Limited trims, a new rear radar system is also included.  The rear radar system represents Subaru’s “next step towards full-perimeter preventive safety” (Source: Subaru Canada News) and detects vehicles in three ways: in the blind spots and behind the C-pillars, when changing lanes using Lane Change Assist and while reversing with Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The brand's EyeSight driver assist system is also an available option on some trim levels. As with previous years, the new Outback is projected to achieve Top Safety Pick Plus accolades from the IIHS, meaning you and your family can expect the same level of safety you've come to know and trust from Subaru.

Want to take a test drive and feel the difference? Contact us today to book a ride!

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Topics: Boxer Engine, Vehicle Safety, Symmetrical AWD, Outback

Subaru says Hello to the Hybrid

Posted by Devin Kaulback

Apr 23, 2014 12:07:56 PM


When it comes to vehicles, eco-friendliness and hybrids go hand in hand. Of course, there are other contributing factors, but a hybrid has become the face of environmental responsibility. And now Subaru has a hybrid that complements our sustainable outlook.


Hello, Hybrid

The 2014 XV Crosstrek hybrid is Subaru's first hybrid, with everything you expect from us. It still has our standard All-Wheel Drive and boxer engine, so you don't have to give anything up, you just get more!

With the Crosstrek hybrid, you'll see the 148 horsepower, 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine paired with a 13.4 horsepower electric motor in the drive train. Are you doing the math? That means you get 160 horsepower to all four wheels with your CVT transmission.

Like we said, you aren't giving anything up with the hybrid Crosstrek. The gasoline engine is the same as the one in the non-hybrid Crosstrek. Subaru decided to insert the electric motor and equip the hybrid with fuel-saving features like low rolling resistance tires and active grille shutters to manage air flow around the vehicle. That's fuel efficiency and environmental responsibility all added to the Subaru you already know and love!


The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid is a Subaru through-and-through — it comes well-equipped right out of the gate. If you’re looking for comfort and convenience features that are perfectly suited to a long drive, look no further. If you want plenty of useable interior space for that next adventure, this is your crossover. In fact, if you want to explore and use less, this is the Subaru for you.


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Topics: Boxer Engine, Environment, Hybrid Crosstrek

Exploring the Subaru Boxer Engine

Posted by Devin Kaulback

Oct 29, 2013 3:22:00 PM

What makes a Subaru different? There is plenty. But amongst them is the boxer engine that adds to the optimal performance and power of the Subaru engine. Every Subaru is equipped with a boxer engine, we believe that when you have a great idea it shouldn't be exclusively reserved for the highest end models. Everyone deserves the best from their vehicle, this boxer engine delivers on every model we offer.


Where the Name Comes From

The name Boxer Engine is born of the actual motion of the pistons resembling the jabs of a boxer. The layout allows the engine to be positioned in-line with the drive-train for maximum transfer of power. Most engines are transverse (certainly other engines that are comparable to the Subaru line-up in model and price), meaning that they are turned perpendicular and require additional drivetrain components to transfer power. Just as it sounds it would, this dramatically reduces vehicle efficiency.

The punch movements of the boxer's pistons equal a smoother running engine without having to use those additional components to counteract them as in many in-line or V type engines.





Low Profile (It's a Very Good Thing)

Because the pistons moving horizontally, the engine in your Subaru is flat, low profile and almost perfectly symmetrical. Just as it sounds it would be, the results is a very well-balanced vehicle with a low centre of gravity. This translates to quick handling response and flat, confident cornering.




Subaru Boxer Engine Options

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2.0-liter and 2.5-liter Flat-4

Producing 148 and 170 horsepower respectively these 4-cylinder engines combine capable power, impressive efficiency, and impeccably smooth operation.



2.5-liter Turbocharged Flat-4

Available in 227, 265 and 305-horsepower versions, this turbocharged, intercooled 4-cylinder engine provides maximum power for exhilarating performance.


3.6-liter Flat-6

The largest SUBARU BOXER engine available, this 3.6-liter 6-cylinder serves up 256 horsepower and 247 lb.-ft. of torque.


Want to learn more about the Subaru Boxer Engine or check out the drive difference on these vehicles for yourself? Get in touch with us and you can take one out for a spin!


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Topics: Handling, subaru, Performance, Boxer Engine

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