Redesigned Subaru Crosstrek adds flair and boosts performance.
We now have a good idea of what the second-generation Subaru Crosstrek will look like, just weeks before its worldwide debut at the Geneva Motor Show.
On Monday, Subaru teased us with a photo showing the silhouette of the brand’s smallest SUV. The all-new model is more defined than the current-generation version, with a lengthened body, a sloping roofline and distinct character lines. Where the current model is comparatively sedate, the upcoming version adds sporty elements that are certain to please shoppers.
Geneva Motor Show Debut
A strong hint of what is to come was offered precisely one year earlier at the Geneva Motor Show in the XV Concept. That vehicle features hawk-eye headlights, a hexagonal grille and a dramatically sculpted profile.
It also represents a look that appeared on two earlier Subaru concepts based on four-door sedan and five-door hatchback versions of the Impreza. Notably, the all-new 2017 Impreza and the upcoming Crosstrek are based on the same new global platform from Subaru.
Although Subaru tamed some of the lines and sculpting when it released the redesigned Impreza, it retained many of the concept’s design elements to deliver a dramatically improved compact car. We’re expecting a similar change with the 2018 Crosstrek when the new model is officially unveiled in March.
Some of the mechanicals about the new model remain unknown, however. What we can expect is standard all-wheel drive to return, a feature common to all of the brand’s models except for the rear-wheel-drive Subaru BRZ.
Updated Engine and Transmission
The Crosstrek will likely be powered by the same modified horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine found in the Impreza. That engine offers several enhancements over the one it replaces, with the most notable update being direct injection.
The updated engine now makes 152 horsepower (previously 148 horsepower) and 145 pound-feet of torque. In the Impreza, it comes with a five-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Paddle shifters and a manual mode that mimics a seven-speed transmission are available with the CVT.
In addition to the increased power, expect the 2018 Crosstrek to benefit from a slight boost in fuel economy.
Subaru Lineup and Competing SUVs
Along with the Crosstrek, Subaru offers two other SUVs: the Outback and Forester. All three models have helped Subaru outpace the domestic market. They’ve also given this niche automaker its eighth consecutive year of year-over-year growth in 2016. Subaru is expecting strong growth again this year and is ramping up production to accommodate the increased demand.
The Crosstrek update takes place just as two other models are being readied for the market: the Toyota C-HR and Ford EcoSport. The segment is booming and Subaru is well-poised to maintain its share of the spoils.