Subaru is working on the new technology version of its smallest crossover, the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek XV. This model sits bellow the larger and more expensive models, the Outback and Forester. It is actually a more rugged version of the popular Impreza with higher surface clearance and beefed suspension elements. When you add to that particular Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system you will get the agile and efficient vehicle which has strong off-road and all-weather capability.
NEW FOR 2018:
The second-generation of the Subaru Crosstrek will have its introduction at the next Geneva Auto Show. The new model will seriously Subaru’s new platform and should really be somewhat greater than the outgoing version. It will also get updated engine and different gear and features. The dark intro image that Subaru produces before model’s introduction also allows us an idea how this model will look. Therefore, let us see what we realize about this model in more details.
2018 SUBARU CROSSTREK XV: PLATFORM, DESIGN
The new 2018 Subaru Crosstrek XV, like the latest Impreza which that model is based, may take a seat on Subaru’s new International platform. This platform will also underpin Subaru’s future models like the all-new 2019 Forester. That contemporary, modular structure functions improved rigidity and light structure but provide higher powertrain flexibility. Additionally, it delivers greater electrification and safety capability. This means that in the later point, Subaru should offer a plug-in setup.
In regards to the styling of the new-gen Crosstrek, there shouldn’t be any surprises. The dark intro image does not show much but it is enough to understand that new model will follow the same strategy as the recent one. Meaning that people may again get the more rugged version of Impreza’s exterior design which features the taller trip level and unique bumpers. The Crosstrek will also include black body cladding in lower body area and will also contain typical roof rack.
About model’s interior we do not know much. However, it must be more roomy because of slight size increase and we also expect changes in components quality.
On the other hand, the model must also get similar functions and options as the newest Impreza. Meaning Subaru’s newest StarLink infotainment system with the standard 6.5-inch touchscreen interface, Apple Car Play and Android Auto support, Bluetooth, tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, 60/40 split fold rear seats, and therefore on.
Further, the new Crosstrek may get the latest versions of EyeSight safety technologies. There, it will contain methods like flexible cruise control, lane departure warning, computerized crisis braking, opposite computerized braking, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic attentive, computerized high supports, etc.
2018 SUBARU CROSSTREK XV: POWERTRAIN
In the mechanical part, the new 2018 Subaru Crosstrek XV may also be virtually identical to the Impreza model. It will initially be offered with the 2.0-liter inline-4 engine which can produce 152 hp and torque of 145 lb-ft. It is slight energy improvement over the current 148 hp.
This engine will work in couple with the continuously variable transmission while a six-speed manual gearbox could also be obtainable in some trims. The power may, of course, be directed to Subaru’s tested and proven symmetrical four-wheel drive.
As for the fuel economy, the new Impreza model equipped with this engine returns 28 mpg town and 38 mpg highway. With that in mind, we should expect the better fuel economy than on the current Crosstrek which makes 26/33 mpg city/highway.
2018 SUBARU CROSSTREK XV: ARRIVAL, PRICE
The new 2018 Subaru Crosstrek XV could make its official release at the next Geneva Auto Show in Mach. It should go for sale later that year. The price is still a mystery but we expect a small jump from the current level. It could charge just under $23, 000 for its base version.