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The New-Generation Subaru Crosstrek is Coming Next Year; Here’s What to Expect

It’s been confirmed by Subaru Russia that the new-generation 2018 Crosstrek will arrive next year.

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Subaru Russia has let the cat out of the bag and confirmed the new-generation Subaru Crosstrek will come as a 2018 model. This is not a surprise as the Crosstrek will be the next Subaru to get the new Global Platform. The 2017 Impreza was the first to get it, now its stablemate, the Crosstrek crossover is next to get updated.

Subaru Russia says, “Details on pricing, trim levels and changes in the model for Russia and other countries is strictly classified.” Subaru won’t reveal any details about the new Crosstrek, but we know it will get significant updates. Subaru Russia says the new 2018 Crosstrek will arrive in Russia showrooms in late 2017. Consumers in the U.S. will get the revamped Crosstrek first.

What can consumers expect with the 2018 Crosstrek?

The 2018 Crosstrek exterior will feature new exterior styling and get an aggressive facia like the XV Concept pictured above. Subaru unveiled the concept car at the Geneva Auto show last March. It will likely feature a longer travel suspension and the interior will also resemble the new 2017 Impreza.

The all-wheel-drive crossover will grow slightly in size, ride on an all-new platform, and enjoy better fuel economy with a new direct-injection 2.0-liter boxer engine. The new-gen powerplant will come with increased horsepower to 152 from 148. Expect fuel economy to increase slightly too. It will also come with several Eyesight upgrades, including the addition of Lane Keep Assist, High Beam Assist, and Reverse Automatic Braking when an obstacle is detected backing up.

It’s also been reported by Planet Subaru that the plant in Lafayette, Indiana will begin producing the new 2018 Subaru Crosstrek crossover in the U.S for the first time. Sweeping changes are coming to the new-generation Crosstrek. If you are thinking about buying a 2017 model, you may want to hold on until next year. The improvements will be worth the wait.

Source: Subaru RU

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Mckillio (not verified)    November 9, 2016 - 8:31PM

How about a real engine? Ditto for the new Impreza, 152hp is fine for an entry level engine but these need a better option. Give us the 1.6 turbo as an upgrade and actually try to correct with the new Civic.

Dana (not verified)    November 14, 2016 - 11:03AM

In reply to by Mckillio (not verified)

Too much hype on the 1.6dit.. its 168hp, still less than a 2006 impreza with 173hp NA which means the power comes sooner. The chassis is bigger and heavier than 2006 so it would still have less pep (heavier is a speculation since the global platform weighs more, but the smaller engine weighs less..)
1.6dit should be the standard engine since it uses regular gas. Give us a 2.0 DIT in the crosstrek sport.

mckillio (not verified)    November 14, 2016 - 12:16PM

In reply to by Dana (not verified)

The new Impreza is lighter and the 1.6T has more peak power and much more power throughout the power band and has much more torque, 184 versus 145. That's enough of a difference in performance to justify offering the engine. Not to mention they could tweak it more for even better results.

Dana (not verified)    November 14, 2016 - 2:53PM

In reply to by mckillio (not verified)

2016 Sedan manual base = 2955lbs.
2006 Sedan manual base = 2965 lbs.
2017 Sedan manual base= 2973 lbs.

The 2017 MY weighs more than the 2006/2016 MY.
I was not comparing the engine to the 2012-2016 engine.

Power goes down from 173 to 168, torque goes up from 166 to 186.
Factor in turbo lag, which tends to be more noticeable on small displacement engines and you have... 2006 base model performance with a complicated more expensive to maintain turbo... but better gas mileage.

You might think they can tweak it more for better results, and they probably could, but Subaru tends to tweak backwards for the US, reducing performance for similar performance.

All I am saying is lets aim for something better that what should be the standard for power, the 1.6 DIT to me is a boring package.

mckillio (not verified)    November 14, 2016 - 6:29PM

In reply to by Dana (not verified)

You're all over the place. You said the 2006 was lighter, it's not. 3,075lbs compared to 2,974lbs for the '17. The 2016 is lightly lighter in some trims, 2,955 for the base but it's heavier in the top trims. I don't see much point in comparing the 2.5, it hasn't been an option for over a generation now and it probably never will be again. So if I think the 1.6T should be an option then I'm going to compare it to the 2.0, 168hp to 152hp, and 186ft/lb to 145ft/lb and it will have a better mpg rating and possibly be better in real driving too. Anyone complaining about turbolag these days is nitpicking. They put a lot of effort into the new 2.0 so I don't see why they wouldn't bring over those same changes to the 1.6T, most of the work has already been done.

Dana (not verified)    November 15, 2016 - 9:47AM

In reply to by mckillio (not verified)

I'm not all over the place, you just gave the weight for a base AUTO not manual. 2006 base manual is lighter than 2017.

The 2006 base manual does 0-60 in 7.3 seconds. The only reason I am comparing the old engine here is that we are hoping for something sporty, but the reality is that aiming for a 1.6DIT is like aiming for the performance of a base model subaru impreza from 11 years ago but with better gas mileage. It should be the base engine for the XV to begin with! The sports version is needed if they plan to stick with no hatchback WRX and it needs more than a 1.6DIT to sway buyers who are waiting/holding onto their older hatch or looking at other brands.

Turbo lag seems to be replaced or hidden by CVT lag now.. I'll give you that.

mckillio (not verified)    November 15, 2016 - 12:46PM

In reply to by Dana (not verified)

Gotcha. You can definitely talk me into the 1.6T being the base engine for the Impreza but certainly for the XV. I would have no problem having the 1.6T actually losing some power and gaining efficiency as a base option, say 160hp and then offering the 2.0T as an upgrade around 200-220hp. Not stepping on the toes of the WRX too much. My understanding is that CVTs really shine (using that in a relative manner) with a turbo engine but I haven't test driven a setup like that.

Michelle C. (not verified)    November 12, 2016 - 4:03AM

There is no confirmation that the Crosstrek will be built U.S side. That is a rumor. The only other vehicle confirmed to be built at the Lafayette plant is the 7-seater crossover.