At some quarters, it is referred to as an elevated wagon in the guise of a crossover. It is a perfect vehicle for buyers looking for an elevated car for the off-roads without the need to step into the mainstream world of crossovers. I am referring to the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek that was displayed at the recent New York Auto Show. The 5-door Crosstrek has been impressive since its debut accounting for 95,000 units sold last year alone. The new upgrades are set to improve sales of the model. The Crosstrek shares the global platform with the Subaru Impreza.
2018 Subaru Crosstrek Exterior
The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek borrows most of its looks from the Subaru Impreza. The 2018 model has a slightly longer wheelbase. It also features shorter overhangs (both front and rear). This has translated into an increased cabin space without any increase in the model’s length. The Crosstrek is designed to do well on the off-road terrain in addition to being excellent on city roads. It features extra cladding on the bottom part of both fascias, along with the side skirts as well as on the area surrounding the wheel wells to prevent debris from off-road terrains damaging its underbody elements. The other new features on the front are new inserts for the front fog lights.
The rear also does not feature significant redesign. The rear hatch is borrowed from the Impreza and the taillights are carried over unchanged. The rear reflectors are however larger compared to those on the outgoing Crossstrek.
The model has a ground clearance level of 8.66 inches. Addition of new suspension mounts has helped to reduce body roll and has enhanced energy absorption while reducing twisting of the chassis.
The model is available in two new colors; they are Cool Grey Khaki and Sunshine Orange.
In terms of size, the Crosstrek stretches 175.6 inches long, 70 inches wide and is 65.9 inches tall. Its wheelbase measures 105.1 inches long and it weighs 3200lbs.
Changes are also minor on the inside. The model still retains dual screens but the lower infotainment screen has been enlarged to 8.0 inches. The screen also sits much higher. The HVAC vents are now placed on the sides as opposed to above the screen as was the case with the outgoing model. The instrument cluster has two analog gauges on the sides and has a 4.5-inch for displaying speed-readings among other information. The door panels have been revised. They feature new armrests that curve sharply upwards for easier access to the window controls. The panels are integrated with larger speakers. There is a new electronic parking brake on the center console.
There’s a new stitching design for the seats. Front passengers have extra cushion and backrest support. The rear seats have a 60/40 split folding functionality that helps users to expand cargo space when they want to bring along large objects.
Subaru always strives to improve the safety of its vehicles. The new crossover features an array of driver assist systems such as adaptive cruise control, high beam assist, lane keep assist, blind-spot warning, steering-responsive headlights, lane change assist and reverse assist. The top trim features an EyeSight package as an extra option.
Engine and performance
The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek is offered in a single engine. The unit that is accorded this honor is the direct-injected 2.0 L, 4-cylinder boxer engine that is capable of producing 152 hp (4 hp more than the outgoing model) and 148 lb-ft of torque. The engine is coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission. There is an option for a CVT system. On the Limited trim, the CVT is offered with a 7-speed manual shifting mode through paddles. CVT-equipped models also feature an X-mode button that enhances drivetrain settings, especially for off-road driving.
All trims are offered with AWD as standard. The AWD system features torque vectoring that helps improve the model’s handling. In addition, to manage speed when driving downhill on off-roads, the model has a hill descent control.
Price and release date
Earlier, Subaru unveiled the Crosstrek as the XV during the Geneva Auto show before debuting it in the states as the “Crosstrek” recently at the New York Auto Show. The subcompact crossover SUV will be delivered to Subaru dealerships this summer. Subaru has not released official prices of the 2018 Crosstrek but considering there are no mechanical changes and visual upgrades are minor, I don’t expect the model’s price to increase significantly compared to that of the outgoing model. A starting price of around $27,000 is probably.