Subaru unveiled the third era of the Crosstrek in Japan, bettering many points of the subcompact crossover that now needs to be known as an SUV. The brand new international mannequin drops the XV suffix, bringing fashionable styling and tech whereas being based mostly on an up to date model of its predecessor’s underpinnings.
Extra Rugged Styling
Subaru launched the Crosstrek/XV in 2011 as a crossover model of the Impreza, with the second era following in 2017. The third era mannequin is immediately recognizable, although all physique panels have been redesigned. Judging from its predecessors, it additionally serves as a preview for the next-gen Impreza, minus the plastic cladding.
By way of footprint, the brand new Crosstrek measures 4,480 mm (176.4 inches) lengthy, 1,800 mm (70.9 inches) extensive, and 1,580 mm (62.2 inches) tall, with a wheelbase of two,670 mm (105.1 inches). These figures are almost equivalent to the outgoing Crosstrek, aside from the size which is prolonged by 15 mm (0.6 inches).
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The entrance will get a bigger hexagon grille that’s linked to the slimmer and full-LED headlights, trying fairly just like the remainder of Subaru’s lineup, with considerably of a Mazda-esque taste. The plastic protecting trim now occupies extra space on the entrance bumper, enhancing the adventurous appears to be like together with the fender add-ons and the pronounced roof rails.
The profile is an evolution of the identical theme with a well-recognized windowline, muscular fenders, plus new designs for the 17-inch or 18-inch wheels. On the again, the smaller C-shaped LED taillights are higher built-in throughout the bodywork, whereas the tailgate and the rear bumper are extra sculpted than earlier than. Equally, the plastic cladding on the rear bumper has been elevated, housing the diffuser-style skidplate and the reflectors.
Contained in the cabin, the dashboard has been redesigned, adopting the massive 11.6-inch infotainment touchscreen already discovered in the WRX and the Levorg. The bodily local weather controls are gone and at the moment are built-in throughout the touchscreen. Curiously, Subaru didn’t add a digital instrument cluster, protecting the outdated unit with analog dials as a substitute.
Relying on the variant, the seats are upholstered in cloth or leather-based with silver stitching. Lastly, an anti-slip and scratch-resistant mountain-motif texture has been added to the aspect sill plates and the boot entrance. By way of security, Subaru added the brand new era of its EyeSight system with a wide-angle monocular digital camera and improved software program.
As we talked about earlier, the Crosstrek sits on an upgraded model of the modular Subaru Global Platform which was initially launched in 2016. Enhancements on the construction with new kinds of adhesives are shared with the bigger WRX and Levorg for better rigidity and higher NVH.
Below the bonnet we discover the acquainted 2.0-liter e-Boxer hybrid powertrain sending energy to all 4 wheels by a Lineatronic CVT and Subaru’s symmetrical AWD system. The corporate didn’t announce any output figures however mentioned that the powertrain has been barely reworked for diminished vibration and noise. Extra engine choices ought to be anticipated sooner or later, with experiences a couple of smaller displacement engine changing the outdated 2.0-liter boxer, in addition to a carry-over naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter for North America.
The market launch of the third-generation Subaru Crosstrek is scheduled for 2023. Gross sales will begin from Japan and steadily roll out to different international markets. Within the US, Subaru has not too long ago introduced the old model for the 2023 model year, so it’s secure to imagine that the brand new era will arrive as a 2024 MY. Under, you may watch the official presentation which – sadly – is in Japanese with out English subtitles.