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

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Evan M. Evan M. on Sep 06, 2015

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

  • Always Texan Always Texan on Feb 04, 2016

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