New Subaru Crosstrek Debuts With Evolved Design And Tech Based On The Same Underpinnings
Subaru unveiled the third generation of the Crosstrek in Japan, improving many aspects of the subcompact crossover that now wants to be called an SUV. The new global model drops the XV suffix, bringing modern styling and tech while being based on an updated version of its predecessor’s underpinnings.
More Rugged Styling
Subaru introduced the Crosstrek/XV in 2011 as a crossover version of the Impreza, with the second generation following in 2017. The third generation model is instantly recognizable, despite the fact that all body panels have been redesigned. Judging from its predecessors, it also serves as a preview for the next-gen Impreza, minus the plastic cladding.
In terms of footprint, the new Crosstrek measures 4,480 mm (176.4 inches) long, 1,800 mm (70.9 inches) wide, and 1,580 mm (62.2 inches) tall, with a wheelbase of 2,670 mm (105.1 inches). Those figures are nearly identical to the outgoing Crosstrek, apart from the length which is extended by 15 mm (0.6 inches).
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The front gets a larger hexagon grille that is connected to the slimmer and full-LED headlights, looking pretty similar to the rest of Subaru’s lineup, with somewhat of a Mazda-esque flavor. The plastic protective trim now occupies more space on the front bumper, enhancing the adventurous looks in combination with the fender add-ons and the pronounced roof rails.
The profile is an evolution of the same theme with a familiar windowline, muscular fenders, plus new designs for the 17-inch or 18-inch wheels. At the back, the smaller C-shaped LED taillights are better integrated within the bodywork, while the tailgate and the rear bumper are more sculpted than before. Similarly, the plastic cladding on the rear bumper has been increased, housing the diffuser-style skidplate and the reflectors.
Inside the cabin, the dashboard has been redesigned, adopting the large 11.6-inch infotainment touchscreen already found in the WRX and the Levorg. The physical climate controls are gone and are now integrated within the touchscreen. Interestingly, Subaru didn’t add a digital instrument cluster, keeping the old unit with analog dials instead.
Depending on the variant, the seats are upholstered in fabric or leather with silver stitching. Finally, an anti-slip and scratch-resistant mountain-motif texture has been added to the side sill plates and the boot entrance. In terms of safety, Subaru added the new generation of its EyeSight system with a wide-angle monocular camera and improved software.
As we mentioned earlier, the Crosstrek sits on an upgraded version of the modular Subaru Global Platform which was originally introduced in 2016. Improvements on the structure with new types of adhesives are shared with the larger WRX and Levorg for greater rigidity and better NVH.
Under the bonnet we find the familiar 2.0-liter e-Boxer hybrid powertrain sending power to all four wheels through a Lineatronic CVT and Subaru’s symmetrical AWD system. The company didn’t announce any output figures but said that the powertrain has been slightly reworked for reduced vibration and noise. Additional engine options should be expected in the future, with reports about a smaller displacement engine replacing the old 2.0-liter boxer, as well as a carry-over naturally aspirated 2.5-liter for North America.
The market launch of the third-generation Subaru Crosstrek is scheduled for 2023. Sales will start from Japan and gradually roll out to other global markets. In the US, Subaru has recently announced the old model for the 2023 model year, so it is safe to assume that the new generation will arrive as a 2024 MY. Below, you can watch the official presentation which – unfortunately – is in Japanese without English subtitles.