Subaru has revealed the third generation of the Crosstrek in Japan, which has improved many aspects of the sub-compact crossover, which is now called an SUV. The new global model falls under the XV extension, bringing modern styling and technology based on the updated version of its predecessor.
More rugged styling
Subaru introduced the Crosstrek/XV in 2011 as a crossover of the Impreza, with the second generation following in 2017. The third generation model is instantly recognisable, even with redesigned body panels. Judging from its predecessors, it serves as a preview for the next-gen Impreza, minus the plastic cover.
In terms of footprint, the new Crosstrek is 4,480 mm (176.4 in) long, 1,800 mm (70.9 in) wide and 1,580 mm (62.2 in) tall, with a wheelbase of 2,670 mm (105.1 in). Those figures are identical to the outgoing Crosstrek, except for a 15 mm (0.6 in) lengthened length.
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Up front, with a large hexagonal grille connected to slim, full-LED headlights, it looks very similar to the rest of Subaru’s lineup, with a somewhat Mazda-esque flavor. The plastic bumper trim now takes up more space on the front bumper, combining an adventurous look with fender flares and defined roof lines.
The profile is an evolution of the same theme with the familiar window line, muscular fenders and new designs for 17-inch or 18-inch wheels. At the back, the small C-shaped LED taillights are better integrated into the bodywork, while the tailgate and rear bumper are more sculpted than before. Likewise, the plastic cover on the rear bumper has been added, which houses the diffuser style and reflectors.
Inside the cabin, the dashboard has been redesigned, adopting the large 11.6-inch infotainment touchscreen already found in the WRX and Levorg. Gone are the physical climate controls and are now integrated into the touchscreen. Interestingly, Subaru didn’t add a digital instrument cluster, instead keeping the old unit with analog dials.
Depending on the variant, the seats are covered with fabric or leather with silver stitching. Finally, an anti-slip and scratch-resistant mountain-motif texture is added to the side panels and boot entrance. In terms of safety, Subaru added the new EyeSight system with a wide-angle monocular camera and improved software.
As we mentioned earlier, the Crosstrek sits on an updated version of the Subaru Global Platform, which was first introduced in 2016. Improvements in the structure of the 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-litre E-Boxer Hybrid sending power to all four wheels via a Lineatronic CVT and Subaru’s Balanced AWD system. The company hasn’t announced any output figures, but says the powerplant has been slightly reworked for reduced vibration and noise. More engine options should be expected in the future, with reports of a smaller displacement engine replacing the old 2.0-liter boxer, as well as a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter available for North America.
The market launch of the third generation Subaru Crosstrek is scheduled for 2023. Sales will begin in Japan and gradually expand to other international markets. In the US, Subaru recently announced the old model for the 2023 model year, so it’s safe to assume the new generation will arrive as a 2024 MY. Below, you can watch the official presentation in Japanese – unfortunately – without English subtitles.