2018 Subaru XV Crosstrek Spied Testing with Possible Plug-in Variant

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The 2018 Subaru XV Crosstrek is in its very early stages of testing with the Japanese automaker using a current model as a mule.

Expected to arrive in showrooms in 2017 for the 2018 model year, the next-generation Subaru XV Crosstrek will be tied closely to the new Subaru Impreza, due next year as a 2017 model. Both vehicles will be built on an all-new modular architecture known as the Subaru Global Platform.

Although it’s hard to tell, the mule is slightly longer and wider than the current existing XV Crosstrek, hinting that the new model will be larger than the current one. A new grille and front end can also be seen with design language that mimics the redesigned WRX.

SEE ALSO: Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Review

More interesting is that the 2018 Subaru XV Crosstrek mule was spied testing along with a Ford C-Max Energi Plug-in hybrid, suggesting that the Japanese automaker may be working on a plug-in hybrid variant. Sources say that Toyota is supplying Subaru with the plug-in hybrid technology for the new XV Crosstrek, extending the relationship between the two companies that resulted in the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S sports cars.

Those not interested in an electrified version of the Subaru XV Crosstrek can look forward to new four-cylinder Boxer engine under the hood.

Discuss this story at our Subaru XV Crosstrek Forum

  • Mike

    About the only Subaru I do like. That and the WRX.

  • ME

    I hope the new one doesn’t have the low to the floor seating position.

  • Always Texan

    How can you tell that it is any different in size than the current model? Looks exactly the same to my eyes