Subaru is set to debut the all-new 2018 Subaru Crosstrek at the upcoming New York International Auto Show. Based on the new Subaru Global Platform, the all-new Subaru Crosstrek offers enhanced performance, safety, capability and comfort.
In terms of its overall looks, the Crosstrek’s new exterior design incorporates the brand’s signature hexagonal grille and hawk-eye headlights onto a more sculptural body, its rugged stance is accentuated by prominent wheel arches and flowing lines. Black side- and wheel-arch cladding, lower rocker panels and roof rails provide a sharp contrast to the body colour. The new look carries into the cabin, with an outward-flow design that follows the front of the car.
The crossover rides on a 104.9-in. wheelbase, up 1.2-in. compared to its predecessors. Just 0.6-in. longer than the outgoing model and 0.9- in. wider, the Crosstrek retains its nimble size but adds an even roomier cabin. With 60/40 split flat-folding seat seats and wider rear gate opening, the 2018 Crosstrek has a larger cargo area for greater utility. It also delivers excellent all-around visibility, higher ground clearance of 8.7-inch, 17-in. alloy wheels and class-leading interior volume in a nimble compact SUV package.
The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek will be offered in three trim levels; 2.0i base, Premium and Limited with a sole choice of powertrain. The revised version of the FB 2.0-litre 4-cylinder Boxer engine now gains direct fuel injection and other enhancements to boost both performance (now 152hp vs. 148hp before) and drivability. The 2.0i base and Premium trims come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission and are available with the Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission). The Limited trim come standard with the CVT featuring a 7-speed manual mode function with steering wheel paddle shifters.
The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek also features the company’s EyeSight range of active safety systems. These includes safety system like Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Pre-Collision Braking and Lane Departure and Sway Warning. Blind Spot Detection with Lane Keep Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert . Also new are Steering Responsive Headlights, which can illuminate curves as the vehicle steers into them, and High Beam Assist, which automatically activates and deactivates the high beam headlamps based on driving conditions. All 2018 Crosstrek models include, as standard equipment, front seat side impact airbags, side curtain airbags and a driver’s knee airbag.
To enhance the Crosstrek’s overall driving experience, Active Torque Vectoring Active, first introduced on the WRX and WRX STI, is now standard on all trim levels. The system helps reduce understeer and keeps the vehicle on the driver’s intended cornering path.