Subaru will bring the new and more spacious Crosstrek to the New York auto show in a matter of days, following its debut in Geneva last month, boasting a longer wheelbase in addition to revamped exterior and interior design. The new Crosstrek will keep the rugged appearance of the outgoing model as well as the wheel arch cladding, providing an 8.7-inch ground clearance and other soft-road features. The new model will ride on a 104.9-inch wheelbase (1.2 inches longer than the outgoing model) though the new version will be just 0.6 inch longer and 0.9 inch wider.
The new Crosstrek will be powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine producing 152 hp, up from 148 hp, and will be coupled with a six-speed manual transmission or the familiar continuously variable transmission, which in Limited trim has a “seven-speed” manual shifting mode via paddles.
The new model will come with plenty of safety tech including the EyeSight system, which offers adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, sway warning and automatic precollision braking. The Crosstrek will also have reverse automatic braking and steering responsive headlights, which will illuminate curves in the road as the car steers into them.
The 2018 model will be powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder producing 152 hp.
When the redesigned Crosstrek goes on sale later this year, it will come in three trim levels: 2.0i as a base trim, the midrange Premium trim and the range-topping Limited flavor. The base model will have a 6.5-inch infotainment screen, 17-inch alloy wheels, as well as details like roof rails, while the Premium trim will add an all-weather package that includes heated front seats and windshield, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter. The top Limited trim will add LED headlights, 18-inch wheels, steering responsive headlights and exterior chrome trim, in addition to other details and equipment. The range-topping trim will also offer a leather interior with orange double stitching, six-way power driver’s seat, and an 8-inch infotainment screen.
We’ll see the U.S. version of the 2018 Crosstrek up close when the model makes its North American debut in the metal in New York next week. The 2018 model will go on sale later in 2017, with pricing expected to be announced closer to its market launch.