Just like its brother, the 2018 Subaru Outback, the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek will also get more love from the Japanese company in the form of a total makeover. It has been five long years since the Subaru Crosstek made its debut and the petite sized crossover is still considered a success. Now a redesigned version of the Crosstrek will be making waves at the 2017 New York Auto Show.
When SUVs and crossovers were all the buzz in the automobile market, most of the automakers jumped on the bandwagon and released as many models as they can. But several automakers were shrewd enough to not follow this trend. Instead, they had another plan up their sleeves. They recreated their existing models to save up tons of cash in research.
2018 Subaru Crosstrek, which also bears the moniker XV, is virtually a jacked-up Subaru Impreza that we readily recognize. The new Crosstrek still keeps its rugged appearance of the outgoing unit as well as its wheel arch covering that provides an 8.7 inch clearance from the ground and other soft road features. Also, this SUV will boast a longer wheelbase that measures up to 104.9 inches, 1.2 inches longer than that of its previous self.
Crosstrek's heart is a 2.0 L 4 cylinder Boxer engine that produces up to 152 hp from 148 hp, and will be paired with a 6 speed manual transmission or the more familiar continuously variable transmission. The Limited trim, however, will boast of a 7 speed manual shifting modes through the paddles. Safety techs are also included in the package in the form of EyeSight system that provides sway warning, automatic pre-collision braking, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control. The redesigned SUV is also equipped with a reverse automatic braking and steering responsive front lights, which can brighten up road curves as the SUV steers into those curves.
The improved Crosstrek will be offered in 3 tiers - 2.0i is the base trim, the Premium trim is considered as the midrange while the Limited flavour will be located at the top of the list. The 2.0i offers 6.5 inch infotainment screen, 17 inches alloy wheels and specifically roof rails. The Premium option will have an all weather set including heated windshields and front seats, leather encased shifter and steering wheel. The cream of the crop, the Limited trim, boasts a LED headlights, 18 inch wheels, steering responsive headlights and chrome trim that will decor the exterior. Limited trim also offers a leather suited interior with double orange stitching, 6 way power driver's seat and an 8 inch infotainment screen.
Subaru employees are crossing their fingers and hoping that the Crosstrek will continue its success-around 95,677 units were sold in 2016 worldwide. Market specific plans will be announced later on, and it is expected that Japan and US will be the first in line to welcome the Crosstrek.