Redesigned compact crossover rolls on new global platform
The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek, which got its global debut in Geneva, will make its North American debut at the 2017 New York auto show this month. Subaru’s redesigned crossover uses the company’s all-new global platform, which increases the rigidity of the body structure by 70 percent.
Subaru’s compact CUV sports the brand’s hexagonal grille, hawk-eye headlights, and larger wheel wells with black side- and wheel-arch cladding. It looks ready for a little off-road action, too.
Under the hood, the Crosstrek gets a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that offers 152 hp — up from 148 hp. The Boxer engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with paddle shifters and a seven-speed manual mode. The CVT offers a driver-selectable X-mode for slippery roads and steep inclines.
The compact Crosstrek’s wheelbase grows by 1.2 inch to 104.9 inches. Subaru says it is also 0.6-inch longer and 0.9-inch wider than the outgoing model. It rolls on 17-inch alloy wheels and offers 8.7 inches of ground clearance.
Subaru’s updated standard EyeSight system includes adaptive cruise control, automatic pre-collision braking, lane departure, and sway warning. Blind spot detection with lane keep assist and rear cross traffic alert are also available.
If you need more tech, there’s high beam assist and new steering-responsive headlights offered, which can illuminate curves as the vehicle steers into them. It’s a handy option for those twisty back roads.
Inside is a larger cargo area with 60/40 split folding seats and a wider rear liftgate opening. There’s also a 6.5-inch touchscreen that’s Android Auto- and Apple CarPlay-friendly, and Harman/Kardon premium audio is available in the Crosstrek for the first time.
The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek will make its North American debut at the 2017 New York Auto Show on April 12.