Subaru Crosstrek Announced as Brand’s New Entry Level Crossover

Subaru has confirmed that a successor to the Impreza Outback Sport will arrive next year, wearing the “Crosstrek” badge. Based on the XV model sold in other markets it is in most respects a high-riding version of the Impreza hatchback.

The announcement was made by Subaru of America Executive Vice President Tom Doll at the LA Auto Show last week. While the past version never really got much attention in the lineup, the new Crosstrek seems to be a larger priority with Doll commenting that it will be the brand’s new entry-level crossover and that, based on the success of the Forester, “it comes from a brand that knows how to build small crossovers people want to buy.”

In addition to a raised ride height (with 8.6-inches of ground clearance), the Crosstrek will get more a more off-road-read look with body cladding much akin to the Outback.

The model is part of Subaru’s larger plan to reach 300,000 annual sales in the U.S., a number which would be double that of total sales just five years ago.