Next-Generation 2018 Subaru Crosstrek to Have Less Awkward Style

Next-Generation 2018 Subaru Crosstrek to Have Less Awkward Style

The next-generation 2018 Subaru Crosstrek XV will get a new style that might make the crossover slightly less awkward-looking.

The new 2018 Subaru Crosstrek will make its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show in early March and the Japanese automaker has released a teaser image previewing what to expect.

We can see in the shadowy image above that the second-generation Crosstrek gets more refined styling that makes the vehicle look a bit more mature and upmarket. Expect the headlights and tail lights to get an angular new look and for the car to take design cues from the XV Concept we saw last year (below).

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As what is essentially a jacked-up Impreza, we can expect that this new Crosstrek will get all the same upgrades, meaning the interior will be a lot less boring and use higher quality materials, while the CVT will likely get tweaked to feel more natural and responsive. The Impreza also got chassis upgrades that improve driving dynamics and make it safer in a crash, so the Crosstrek will also benefit from these changes. will be at the Geneva Motor Show reporting on all the debuts, so check back during the show to learn more about the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek.

  • Lelbru

    Teaser?! They already unveiled the impreza, and the Crosstrek XV is basically an impreza with high heels…

  • Ragged clown

    I never thought it looked awkward. Under-powered, not awkward. I would love one with the 2.5L engine.

  • Ben Balcombe

    How does a CVT feel ‘natural’? Does it mean ‘more like a manual/auto’? In trying to make a CVT ‘feel’ like a non-CVT don’t you lose the inherent benefits of a CVT?

  • alice20c

    The awkward was what I liked about the Crosstrek.

  • 1Opinion

    I wonder about that. How much strain occurs under load if the ratios are trying to change continuously? I’ve always assumed that it started jumping up through ratio is when you get on it not just to play pretend as an auto but that it was taking momentary blips off the accelerator to jump up and ratio and keep moving.

  • Miatascooter


  • Ben Balcombe

    A proper CVT doesn’t have any fixed ratios, they program them in to simulate a conventional gearbox. In theory a CVT could be setup so that under acceleration the engine would reach it’s peak torque output and simply stay there whilst the transmission adjusted the ratio to keep the car accelerating.

  • J G C

    @Lelbru… There are definitely no high heels on any Subaru I’ve ever seen in my life. The Crosstrek is like an Impreza with hiking boots, not heels, ready to hit the trails… Subaru, if you’re listening… I’d like one with a Super (or Turbo)charged Boxer 4 Diesel with no less than 220Hp and 240 lb/ft of torque, 6-speed Manual transmission, leather interior, and a sunroof, please. Thank you. I’d be willing to chuck you at least 30 Gs for that, maybe more…

    P.S.: The size of the 2014 & up Forester is the size of the old Tribeca, so please name it as such. Please, please, please! lower the roof height of the Forester back to the original height from 1997 and bring back a real Forester. (May as well bring back the Tribeca as well while you’re at it…)

  • TI

    awwww C’mon. The only real complaint anyone has had is the underpowered engine. How about giving it the same engine as the Forester! THAT would be an improvement that would bring in many more buyers.

  • 1Opinion

    I understand that a CVT doesn’t have fix ratios what I’m saying is that perhaps there’s less strain when under heavy acceleration if it’s instead of altering those ratios while maintaining RPMs attacks at that time more so like fixed ratios with momentary transitions. I find it hard to believe that at the time you want the best performance meaning when you’ve got it floored that that would be the time it just decides to play at being a standard Auto for Nostalgia sake

  • DJRiful

    How is it awkward looking? I think it has the most unique looking car. Everyone eyeballs my Crosstrek geared and modded.

  • denphi16

    I still have my 99 forester and it runs great at 185k. It’s easy to service. Back then it had an identity of it’s own. Now you have to read the name tag on the Forester to know what it is.
    Why do car makers have to constantly fix what isn’t broken?
    WV got away with the same Beetle for 30 years or more, the parts were interchangeable from one year to the next for a long time.
    Someday maybe all cars will look alike with no identity that stands out and
    no creative differences from one car maker to the next.
    Can you tell I’m a baby boomer? Ha

  • Pik

    I have a 2011 Forester X. I prefer the slightly lifted and bigger design over the original from the 90s. Subaru have always had decent off-road capability and the Forester was the best candidate for building on that capability. They still haven’t made a vehicle to really compete with “real” offroaders, but they’d have to make solid axles and change the AWD system to achieve that. The Crosstek (XV here in Australia) is the new “old Forester”.

    I think the latest Forester is still based on the Impreza footprint, but seeing as they’ve already fattened up the Legacy/Outback, they may as well do the same with the Forester and make a real 4×4 out of it. Either that, or as you suggested, bring back the Tribeca.

    If they do bring back the Tribeca, we need a turbo diesel version of the EZ36. That engine has so much potential, but the NA petrol just isn’t powerful enough for the vehicle. And if they bring back the Tribeca, they need a dual-cab ute (pick up) version in the same vein as the Izuzu D-Max, of which the Mu-X is the SUV version. That is a market Subaru need to get in to, and I think they could dominate it.

  • J G C

    Ha! That’s funny. We have a couple things in common. I recently bought my mom’s 2011 Forester 5MT because I had to let go of my 2005 Forester XT 5MT. Among other issues, it drank premium gas and had utterly abominable fuel economy at 18 mpg city/highway combined in Houston, TX. I miss that car though. The 2011 does a bit better at 23 mpg, and takes regular unleaded gas, which is of course much easier in the wallet.
    Still, this “mid-school” era 2011 Forester feels too tall, and so I find myself looking at what I also see as the closest thing to the old Forester – the current Impreza XV Crosstrek. Lower roof height and much better fuel economy are very attractive. Still needs at least a 160 HP naturally aspirated engine with at least as much torque. The 165 horses in my current Forester just don’t quite do the job. I fear test driving a Crosstrek because I don’t want to be disappointed by the dismal acceleration. Hopefully there will soon be a remedy for this issue.

  • Pik

    Wow 18 mpg is dismal! Sure there wasn’t something wrong with it? Shame to let it go 🙁

    I certainly get where you’re coming from and I do agree in a way. I like the Forester being higher and a bit chunkier, but only because Subaru NEEDED a vehicle to fill this hole. Just like they needed a bigger sedan/wagon than the Liberty/Legacy and
    Outback. So, they just did what all major Japanese manufacturers are doing these days: Put their mid-sized family sedan on a high fat diet and beefed it up. Then, they release a new mid-size car to fill the hole that the more well known model left behind, or just beef up a smaller model in the lineup to fill the hole, and so the cycle continues. Toyota did the same with the Camry, making it larger and then beefing up the Corolla to fill the hole; with the Eco growing to fill the shoes of the Corolla.

    Back to Subaru, the Gen 4 Legacy was an excusable increase in size, but the Newest Legacy sedan dwarfs my old Gen3 Legacy. Yep, we’re a two-Subaru family, still plan on getting my GC8…One day.

    So in a perfect world, I’d like to see a new dedicated 4×4 from Subaru, and see the Forester returned to it’s roots. The Tribeca would have been the perfect candidate, had they developed it properly.

  • J G C

    All things considered, the current and concept Impreza XV Crosstrek have a great look. A few years ago, when I first saw the new current gen model in the showroom, I thought it looked a bit like a squashed 4Runner with the taillights bulging out from the unseen pressure. Over time though, I grew to really like the awkward yet unique look of the Crosstrek. Trail-ready yet

  • Adam Welsch

    The only problem with the crosstrek was it was slower than the Forester & Outback it is not peppy and really slow in south florida everyone driving crazy and when you merge on I-95 you need a car that is peppy so you can avoid the idiot on the phone not merging over so u can pass him.

  • Adam Welsch

    all the SUV’s look like the same car on the road it’s hard to know the different between a Mazda SUV a Honda SUV and Lincoln SUV… It all looks like the same thing with the same exact colors

  • Adam Welsch

    exactly….. this is why the car is excellent for senior citizens

  • denphi16

    In the good old days cars had different looks and we waited for the
    new models to be released in September each year.
    The car makers and designers had a sense of competing for
    the best eye catching style. In 1957 it was the year of the fins
    and they all came up with their own different look.
    They made them easy to change a spark plug and there
    were no computers to cost money to diagnose. Today
    the high tech cars are designed with too many costly sensors
    and are making millions for car repair shops. It’s
    become magic to troubleshoot or at least that’s what the repair shop
    wants you to think.
    I normally have always tried to do my own work on my car maint
    and have done so for over 40 years.
    A recent experience with Christian bros auto repair was when
    my battery was dead, (6 yrs old). My 2004 Hyundai has a poor belt
    tensioner design so it requires adjustment as the belt stretches.
    I explained this to the service writer. He ran a $55 minimum diagnostic that showed the Alternator was not putting out and said I’ll need an
    alternator replacement. ($800 parts&labor). However; once
    the mechanic proceeded to do the work he discovered the
    tensioner was loose which he then corrected. After a new test
    was done the Alternator was putting out ok. Problem solved.
    It cost me $59 much to my relief.
    Thanks for them being honest since many shops would have taken advantage of the fish on the hook. Many shops would also have
    taken advantage of a customer if female.
    The point is diagnostic was right when it said the alternator was
    not putting out but the diagnostic didn’t tell why it was not putting out.
    The service writer should have listened to me in the first place but
    he’s young and maybe learned something on this.

  • Jonny_Vancouver

    The article should be titled: “New Subaru Crosstrek to look like every other CUV.” I want to believe in Subaru. I want to see them as the underdog or the up and comer, but every time I try to see them in a positive light, I think about the inherent additional NVH of the Boxer engine, the fact that most people don’t even need full time AWD, and they just end up looking like the red headed step-child of the auto industry.

  • Jonny_Vancouver

    Because it’s geared and modded, lol.

  • kobio

    Mistake. People love the look of the crosstrek.


  • RJR

    When I learned to drive, you had to yield to oncoming traffic when entering a highway. Now, if traveling on the highway, it seems you are EXPECTED to move over (yield) to those that are entering the highway. When did that become law? Oh, that’s right… IT DIDN’T. If you are entering a highway, YOU are supposed to YIELD to oncoming traffic, NOT EXPECT THEM TO MOVE OVER for your impatient a$$ .

  • Adam Welsch

    Well RJR clearly you don’t live in south Florida or St Louis Missouri the 2 places that I have lived in the last 5 years; when you are on I-95 and I see someone coming on I have 2 choices 1. to go fast to pass them so they can get onto the road or 2. slow down and let them merge. But most people are just not paying attention playing on there phone or they don’t care it merges not allowing you to get on before it merges. therefore this causes the person coming on I95 to bypass that idiot because there blocking you from merging so you need a car that has some pep. So RJR I honestly hope you drive in Miami oh wait you couldn’t handle that traffic scene or in St Louis Missouri where you only has 2 seconds to merge or your in a car accident. You the A$$ I get your a little old man with a little old cane and you like to drive on I95 going 30 mph and love cars with no pep. Seems like your the a$$

  • Adam Welsch

    I was going to buy the crosstrek I loved the look but after the test drive I bought the Outback instead

  • RJR

    Well Mr, Adam my friend, you can dish out all the assumptions about me and insults to your hearts content, all while hiding behind your keyboard, but the fact is you don’t know a damn thing about me. I’ve personally owned over 60 cars…many of them quite fast. I’m no slouch on the road, as I drive in NJ, Phila, NYC traffic all the time. I drive quite fast, but I DO extend courtesy to the other vehicles on the road. My point is that I don’t expect them to yield to me as I enter a highway. I yield to oncoming traffic, or accelerate ahead of them if possible, so I don’t interrupt their cruising speed. So take your little old cane insult and shove it up where the sun doesn’t shine.

  • Rod Duterte

    Darn so much anger in the postings for a tool to just take one from one place to the other 😀 some even noted that AWD is overkill 😀 having a car is overkill, you can always walk, take a pill chill you angry Mofo, it is just a car. I like the safety features that are becoming standard and with AWD that makes it more better for me.