You’re looking at among the worst kept secrets in the automotive industry, the redesigned 2018 Subaru Crosstrek. Introduced at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show as the Subaru XV, the Crosstrek is generally a Subaru Impreza hatchback with a raised suspension, SUV styling hints, and an improved all-wheel-drive (AWD) system that gives the little crossover genuine off-roading ability.
Look past the overstated matte-black body cladding, the huge 18-in. aluminum wheels painted black with a machined surface area, and the roofing system rails, and it is simple to see the Subaru Impreza 5-door hatchback on which the 2018 Crosstrek is based.
In truth, you may need to look carefully to even tell the difference in between the new Crosstrek and the old one. Though they are rather similar in regards to design, they are substantially different beneath their skins.
Mentioning skins, the new Crosstrek will be available in a couple of brand-new colors unless Subaru is limiting them to Europe: Cool Gray Khaki and Sunshine Orange.
As was true for the redesigned Subaru Impreza, the new 2018 Crosstrek’s interior is larger with improved outward presence and extra cargo space. Likewise, possibly because it is popular with individuals who pursue outdoor activities and likely sweat a lot, Subaru states the seat material is updated for better breathability.
For reference, the Impreza 5-door brings 20.8 cu. ft. of freight behind its rear seat, and as much as 55.3 cu. ft. of cargo with the rear seat folded down. Subaru has actually not validated these numbers for the new Crosstrek, but if they do not match precisely, they will be very close.
Being a Subaru, it’ll feature basic all-wheel drive. It’ll come equipped with X-Mode, which optimizes pedal inputs and the all-wheel drive system for enhanced traction on slippery surfaces. Hill descent control will keep things from getting hairy when the going gets rocky.
While Europeans have a 154-horsepower flat-four under the hood, the US market will get the exact same 152-horsepower H4 as the US-spec 2017 Impreza. The base and Premium trims come basic with a six-speed manual, with a constantly variable transmission readily available as a choice. On greater trims, the CVT ends up being standard.
The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek strikes display rooms this summertime, with rates to be exposed more detailed to the launch date. It needs to continue to be a practical option to SUVs, providing purchasers all-wheel drive traction and the functionality of a hatchback, without the bulk of a large, high-riding crossover or truck.