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

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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...