A New 1.5L Turbocharged Subaru Crosstrek Is Now On The Drawing Board
According to a new report from the Japan website CarSensor, a new 1.5-liter turbocharged engine is under development for the next-generation 2023 Subaru Crosstrek subcompact SUV and 2023 Impreza sedan and hatchback.
The report says Subaru will drop the current naturally aspirated 2.0-liter Boxer engine currently powering the Crosstrek base, Premium, Hybrid trim levels, and all Impreza models, and replace it with the new smaller 1.5-liter turbocharged engine. An earlier report said it would produce 148 horsepower, close to 152 horsepower of the current 2.0-liter engine.
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Subaru is expected to keep the 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated Boxer engine in the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek Sport and Limited trims.
In addition to the Crosstrek and Impreza 1.5-liter turbocharged engine, the Japanese automaker could use the more fuel-efficient engine combined with a new hybrid powertrain developed with Toyota.
With the new fuel-efficiency standards adopted by the Biden administration, in addition to the all-new 2023 Solterra all-electric SUV, Subaru will need to have more fuel-efficient hybrid models in its lineup. The 1.5-liter turbocharged engine could replace the current 2022 Crosstrek 2.0-liter plug-in hybrid.
Last year, Subaru Report revealed CarSensor said Subaru Corporation was also working on another turbocharged engine to be introduced sometime in the near future. The FA18 1.8-liter direct-injection turbocharged Boxer engine was recently introduced in the second-generation 2022 Levorg hatchback. The sport wagon is only sold in Japan, parts of Asia, Europe, and Australia.
The all-new 1.5-liter turbocharged engine will feature the latest direct-injection technology that will improve fuel efficiency, which is why Subaru is revamping its engine lineup. Subaru recently introduced the FA24 2.4-liter turbocharged engine in the Ascent 3-Row SUV, Outback midsize SUV, and 2022 WRX performance sedan.
The report says Subaru Corporation is upgrading 80 percent of its global production with the smaller direct-injection turbocharged Boxer engines by 2023. The new 1.5-liter turbocharged Boxer is expected to be announced next year.
Subaru has not confirmed this information, but it fits what the Japanese automaker spelled out in its Vision 2020 plan. They said they would develop smaller turbocharged engines for its all-wheel-drive lineup.
The CarSensor report also says Subaru will drop the XV nameplate for the subcompact SUV as it’s called in other global markets and use the Crosstrek name globally to unify the car name worldwide, including Japan.
When will the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek be available in the U.S.?
The report from CarSensor says Subaru will upgrade the next-generation 2023 Crosstrek and Impreza models with the new 1.5-liter direct-injection turbocharged engine with the remodel. The 2023 Subaru Crosstrek will make its global launch first in early 2023. An all-new Crosstrek Wilderness trim level is expected to arrive in the U.S. in the spring of 2023.
Will customers in the U.S. see the new 1.5-liter turbocharged engine?
We know Subaru offers its customers in Japan, Australia, and Europe different engine options than in the U.S. market. Subaru is expected to drop the 2.0-liter naturally aspirated engine, but it’s unclear if Crosstrek models in North America will get the new 1.5-liter turbocharged engine.
In the comments below, let Subaru of America know if you would buy the new 2023 Crosstrek with a more fuel-efficient 1.5-liter turbocharged engine or prefer the more powerful 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated Boxer in all Crosstrek trim levels.
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