2018 Subaru Crosstrek Debuts With Better Off-Road Capability


The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek has just debuted at the Geneva Motor Show with a refreshed look and new features that will make it better off-road.

Built on an all-new platform, this is the first time the Crosstrek, which is called the XV in other markets, has been redesigned since its launch in 2012. The new platform is stiffer, lighter and stronger than before, which Subaru says give it better and more stable driving dynamics and make the crossover quieter, safer and more efficient.

Combined with 8.7 inches (220 mm) of ground clearance and symmetrical all-wheel drive, the Crosstrek gets hill descent control and a new X-Mode driving mode that optimizes the vehicle for driving on poor roads.

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More importantly, the 2.0-liter Boxer engine has been revamped to be slightly more powerful and efficient and the CVT has been remapped to be more responsive and feel more natural. The engine now outputs a slightly higher 154 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. Torque vectoring has also been added.

Although the Crosstrek doesn’t look dramatically different, it gets Subaru’s now signature “hawk eye” headlights and a wider, more upright grille that has been appearing on other cars in Subaru’s lineup like the Impreza, which is built on the same platform. The look is a bit more streamlined and gives the Crosstrek a more rugged and planted look that’s a lot less awkward than it used it be.

Inside, Subaru has addressed one the of common complaints about the Crosstrek and has given it a more interesting cabin with better materials. An eight-inch touchscreen dominates the center stack, there is a new steering wheel, and contrast orange stitching gives the interior a splash of color.

Subaru’s EyeSight suite of driver assist technology will come standard on the Crosstrek and includes pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane keep assist. Automatic high beams, adaptive headlights, and rear vehicle detection, lane-change assistance and blind spot monitoring are also available.

The North American-spec 2018 Subaru Crosstrek will make its debut at the New York Auto Show in April, but not too many differences are expected.

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  • earl

    C’mon guys…how about an optional powertrain for those who don’t want mediocre?
    Looks real good…except for maybe the odd asymmetrical wheel well cladding…

  • Jeff T

    Agreed. I love how you can get some options with the manual transmission but I know I would regret my purchase decision with that little 2.0. The frustrating part is they have the engines currently sitting there which could upgrade this car.

  • Kamaka

    The short fender flares don’t reach down the entire wheel opening make the car look over-lifted, I don’t like that it doesn’t protect the body where it’ll get the most dirt. Otherwise it looks good and I wish there was a turbo option.

  • dave

    why they don’t offer the 2.5 forester engine as an option makes no sense at all

  • Scott Abbe

    I traded my Crosstrek for a WRX because of the lack of power and seat bolstering. I LOVED everything else about the car, but just couldn’t get over those two things. A”Sport” version with WRX seats and a turbo would make these FLY off the lot……

  • Scott Abbe

    They could offer the 2.0 turbo and detente it to put out less HP so as not to insult WRX owners and STILL offer one heck of a car. Say maybe 225 hp.

  • Does it have front end tow position for when I need to pull them out of the ditch with my 3.6R Outback? I want to take this seriously, but it’s so underpowered I’d be afraid of it running out of steam halfway up a sketchy hill – even with CVT.

  • ascpgh

    Like Porsche reining back the Cayman/Boxster so it doesn’t show up the 911, the company halo car.

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  • Scott Abbe

    Everyone has their own opinions. Those are mine. I DID trade mine in on a WRX for the reasons stated, so, I don’t know what part of my statement is BS…….

  • oldclimber

    Is there an echo chamber where your brain is supposed to be?

  • Matt

    The crosstrek is a neat but seriously needs more power.

  • Jonny_Vancouver

    WRX. Nice.

  • Jonny_Vancouver

    Cost and being able to meet ever increasing emissions standards would be
    my guess as to why Subaru didn’t put a more powerful engine in. Not to mention being able to say that this crossover gets (x) mpg, and honestly, I think it’s enough for most people. Keeping in mind that only North Americans are really obsessed with HP, and anyone looking to do more serious activities will be looking at other vehicles like the turbo Forrester, Volvo, Jeep, and pretty much any pick up truck …

  • RoseFlorida

    Non turbocharged Subarus already have a problem in mountains. This vehicle needs more power.

  • RoseFlorida

    “only North Americans”. You mean only the biggest profit center for Subaru? I think the real reason for the lack of power is that we are in the process of seeing the Subaru lineup being sorted out. Is direct injection a serious cost increase? How difficult or expensive would it be to offer a more powerful option with the larger Forester engine?

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  • K03sport

    what about the (US) federalization costs for a different engine in this chassis? also, how much overlap would there be if the XV got the 2.5 from the Forester/Outback and then there wouldn’t there be even less separation in performance btwn those 3 models…I could see a low pressure turbo (and tuning) to bump it up 20-30hp or if Subaru went the Honda route and put in a small 1.6T or 1.8T and aim for the 180hp/tq mark…Subaru’s core vehicles are very close in performance w/their size being the only real delineation…I guess they would be like VW w/the Golf and the Golf Sportwagen…let the people choose.

  • Jonny_Vancouver

    That may be, but I’m willing to bet Subaru has hybrid/Electric plans in the works so it would make no sense to heavily invest in the production of additional, say Forester engines that would also take away sales from the Forester etc. Keeping in mind they are not as large as a company as Toyota so they have to be smart with where they spend their resources. Also, lots of people on the internet have been complaining about the Crosstrek’s lack of power and yet it has very strong sales. I like to think that Subaru engineers know what they’re doing, and like I wrote before, if people are going to be doing more hardcore activities, they”l likely be looking at more specialized vehicles …

  • RoseFlorida

    It certainly is difficult to argue with success, so yes my opinion probably represents too small a market. I only care about more glass, small size, power and handling. I didn’t replace my Forester, but many did and new buyers flocked in, so it is the marketers who really know what they are doing at Subaru. If they listened to me they would not have bothered with the upcoming larger model, so they probably will sell many of them.

  • dbw

    The crosstrek interests but it needs more power. If a wrx came in a hatchback I’d give it serious consideration….but not in a 4 door sedan. i currently drive a 2010 370z I’ve had since new…..I’d like to keep the fun of driving coupled with some carrying space.

  • Morepower

    would buy if it had 200 hp.