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2017 Subaru WRX, WRX STI ready to please Canadians even more

Earlier this week, Subaru Canada announced the release of the 2017 Subaru WRX and WRX STI, which offer refined styling and equipment, yet still deliver a powerful message.

For 2017, the Subaru WRX boasts a revised 6-speed manual transmission to go along with its 268-horsepower 2.0L direct-injection turbocharged engine (the Sport Lineartronic CVT with 8-speed manual shift capability is still available). It’s said to provide improved shift feel.

The base WRX ($29,995) and mid-level WRX Sport ($32,795) also gain automatic up/down functionality to the front passenger’s window, and a soft-woven fabric on the roof trim. In addition to these changes, the top-of-the-line WRX Sport-tech ($36,095) now offers upgraded infotainment functionality, including Siri Eyes Free compatibility for greater voice control, SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link: Weather, Sports, and Stocks for detailed information seamlessly integrated into the navigation system, as well as MirrorLink compatibility.

Meanwhile, the 2017 Subaru WRX STI continues as the ultimate-performance Subaru with its 305-horsepower turbocharged engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and the exclusive Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Centre Differential (DCCD) version of Subaru's symmetrical full-time all-wheel drive system.

Trim levels and changes for 2017 are identical to the standard WRX. You can choose between the WRX STI ($37,995), WRX STI Sport ($40,795), and WRX STI Sport-tech ($45,395).

Still no 5-door hatchback, though. Maybe with the upcoming new generation...