2018 Subaru Crosstrek

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

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.

Interior

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.

Competition

The Crosstrek competes with models such as the Mazda
CX-3,
Honda HR-V, Chevrolet
Trax and
Jeep Renegade.