The All-New Subaru Crosstrek- Further Analysis Reveals One Surprise Flaw
In our initial report of the next-generation 2024 Subaru Crosstrek, we covered the new features and upgrades, and there are many. The all-new third-generation Crosstrek comes with a slightly new exterior design, upgrades the interior, improved driving dynamics, and new safety features.
In this report, we’ll uncover the changes that do not upgrade but are flaws in the new subcompact SUV. The Crosstrek is designed for an active generation who use the small SUV for outdoor and Overlanding adventures. The Crosstrek stays with the excellent Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system and X-Mode for more extreme off-road excursions.
But Subaru Corporation took the new 2024 Crosstrek backwards by taking away nearly one inch of ground clearance on the new model. Subaru Corporation says the next-generation model comes with 200 mm of ground clearance which is now 7.9 inches compared with 8.7-inches in the previous generation model.
It’s always been an advantage the Crosstrek had over the competition with the additional height to clear any obstacles on the trail or road. The Crosstrek will now have about the same ride height as the competition.
What was Subaru thinking?
The next-generation Crosstrek is 0.20 inches longer between the axles, and the overall width remains the same. But the new model is about 1.38 inches shorter overall height than the outgoing model. There are two reasons we can think of for lowering the Crosstrek’s growing clearance is to reduce drag and improve fuel mileage in the new model. The new ride height will also improve driving dynamics.
Crosstrek’s new full-inner-frame body design increases body rigidity while reducing weight. The next-generation 2024 model’s weight now increases from 3,395 to 3,571 lbs. The 2022 Crosstrek’s overall weight is 3,117 to 3,298 lbs depending on the model. That’s 273 to 278 lbs more than the outgoing model.
With the increased weight, Subaru Corporation had to design the new Crosstrek to be more aerodynamic. The lower height and ground clearance will accomplish the goal.
Where does the added weight come from?
The new Crosstrek has added weight due to interior technology upgrades and the next-generation EyeSight driver assist safety technology.
The new 2024 Subaru Crosstrek will be more aerodynamic and likely get improved fuel mileage even though it’s heavier than the outgoing model. But Subaru sacrificed extra ground clearance in the new Crosstrek to reach the goal.
Our guess is the 2024 Crosstrek will still appeal to those with active lifestyles who will use the subcompact SUV for a commuter during the week and occasional soft off-road excursions on the weekend.
Look for Subaru of America to offer the rugged 2024 Crosstrek Wilderness trim level with about 9.2-inches of ground clearance like the Forester Wilderness. The Crosstrek Wilderness will be the new model for more active customers who want to get further away from civilization.
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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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