Subaru debuted its redesigned 2018 Crosstrek today at the 2017 New York Auto Show. Similar in appearance and concept to the outgoing model, the new one adds numerous features and a bit more power.
Although only .6 inches longer overall, the new Crosstrek rides a 1.2-inch-longer wheelbase and offers a crossover-like 8.7 inches of ground clearance. Power continues to come from a 2.0-liter “flat four” engine that gains direct fuel injection and four horsepower for a total of 152. Base and Premium trim levels come with a 6-speed manual transmission, while the top-line Limited comes with a CVT automatic that’s optional on the others; it includes Subaru’s driver-selectable X-Mode that the company says provides for better wheel control on steep inclines and slippery surfaces.
Standard features include a 6.5-inch touchscreen, rearview camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 17-inch alloy wheels, and roof rails. In addition, a full slate of high-tech safety, convenience, and infotainment features are offered, some new. Available are forward collision warning and mitigation, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and – new for ’18 – reverse automatic braking, adaptive headlights, automatic high beams, and individual tire-pressure readouts. Other newly available features include a 6-way power driver seat and harman/kardon premium audio system. Connected Services packages add emergency and roadside assistance, collision notification, maintenance notifications, diagnostic alerts, stolen vehicle recovery, and remote services such as lock/unlock and vehicle locator.
The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek is due on sale this summer.
The former Crosstrek sat between subcompact and compact crossovers in size, and brought a sporty “fastback” profile and more carlike driving dynamics along with an impressive list of available equipment at very reasonable prices. Most of those qualities seem to carry on in the 2018 redesign with the added bonus of even more features. As such, Crosstrek continues as an interesting alternative to more conventional small crossovers.