2016 Subaru Crosstrek STI sneak peek
The 2016 Subaru Crosstrek is arriving at dealers now and there’s already a Subaru XV STI demo model now in Japan. We know STI is stepping up their presence in the U.S. market and announced at the 2015 New York International Auto Show 2015 that Subaru Tecnica International Inc. (STI) will expand its influence in the U.S. market.
Subaru says STI will expand their presence in three key areas. STI’s future activities in their largest market, the U.S., will include expansion of the STI-brand aftermarket parts as well as introduction of complete STI-tuned cars like the BRZ tS and Forester tS Japan models that haven’t been offered in the U.S. In the motorsports area, STI is already increasing its engineering presence in SRT USA’s GRC team that runs the new 2015 Subaru WRX STI in the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship.
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Subaru said more models tuned by STI will be available in the U.S. in the future. These STI-enhanced Subaru’s could feature more extensive modifications from the factory than previously offered, such as suspension, performance, braking, chassis and aerodynamic upgrades. Subaru also reports that STI-engineered parts will replace Subaru Performance Tuning (SPT) aftermarket parts in the U.S. market.
Fans could see a Subaru Crosstrek STI like the demo model pictured above in the Japan market. The Japan XV, with an STI performance package, comes with a variety of STI performance parts like a large rear spoiler, a special STI exhaust with Sport dual mufflers, tower bar and draw stiffener that improves handling in the small crossover. Look for Subaru and STI to introduce a new Crosstrek STI model in the U.S. market. Stay tuned.
Media source: Subaru Tecnica International Inc.