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How New Subaru Crosstrek with X-MODE will Get You Out of a Sticky Situation [Video]

The all-new 2018 Subaru Crosstrek now comes with new X-MODE that will get you out of a sticky situation. How does it work?

The new-generation all-wheel-drive 2018 Subaru Crosstrek that was recently unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, now comes with a new feature that upgrades its already impressive off road capability. The new Crosstrek still has a ground clearance of 8.7 inches (220 mm), but Subaru improves its performance when things get dicey. It’s not just for adventure seekers, it’s for the average driver who could encounter sticky mud or deep snow.

Subaru’s all-wheel-drive Forester SUV, and Outback wagon, come with X-MODE, now all trims of the newly-redesigned 2018 Crosstrek get the extreme feature. Subaru’s X-MODE can be used for extreme off road situations, or for helping you get out of a sticky situation like in the video below.

With a flip of a switch X-MODE will get you out of a sticky situation

When the wheels begin to slide or slip in sticky slick mud or deep snow, the average all-wheel-drive vehicle will still get stuck. The 2018 Crosstrek with X-MODE changes that and is easy to engage with the push of a switch located on the center console. X-MODE allows you to keep your foot off the brake and let the system do the work, and you can keep your attention on the road.

How X-MODE works

On unpaved and slippery roads, when torque is not distributed evenly to all four wheels, one or more wheels can begin to slip, the vehicle can lose traction leaving you stuck in the mud or snow. X-MODE will get you out quickly. Here's how it works.

Crosstrek’s X-MODE reduces accelerator input for increased control of engine output, helping control wheel-spin for better traction when you are driving on slick slippery surfaces. When you activate the system, wheel-spin is reduced and grip enhanced by controlling the engine, transmission, AWD system, brakes, and the Vehicle Dynamics Control System (VDC).

The all-new 2018 Subaru Crosstrek will be used for weekend adventures like getting to the trailhead for hiking, mountain biking and transportation to the ski slope. Urban-dwellers could also encounter sticky situations close to home. X-MODE will allow any driver regardless of skill level, to escape a dicey situation with the flip of a switch and get home safely. The video below is in Japanese, but you can see how easily the new Crosstrek’s X-MODE can be engaged.

Watch the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek X-Mode video

Photo credit: Subaru