New Subaru Crosstrek Is Too Hot For You To See A Turbocharged Model Anytime Soon
If you want a new Subaru Crosstrek, you may not find one because a record number were sold last month. Subaru of America reports the hot Crosstrek compact SUV had its best month ever and leads the stable of all-wheel-drive vehicles with a 10 percent increase. Subaru delivered 12,137 new Crosstrek models compared with 11,049 for the same period last year.
2020 Crosstrek models are arriving now but dealers are in short supply of the small SUV. Last month Torque News talked to a large dealer in Denver and they told us they are running low on the popular Crosstrek as 2019 models are sold out. Subaru experienced a plant shut down in Japan due to the typhoon flooding that affected Subaru’s suppliers where Crosstrek and Forester are both manufactured at the Gunma plant in Japan. Production is ramping up again now.
2020 Subaru Crosstrek sales are hot
Some customers were hoping for power upgrades for the 2020 model change but all-new Crosstrek models stay with the 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated Boxer engine producing 152 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. Fans are asking for a turbocharged engine option, but Subaru doesn’t need to diversify the lineup anytime soon with the popular SUV selling in record numbers.
President and CEO of Subaru of America Tom Doll spoke with Motor Trend recently and told them Subaru won’t be upgrading Crosstrek with a turbocharged engine anytime soon. Doll says it's because the demand for the second-generation model is too high right out of the gate.
2020 Subaru Crosstrek
He’s right because customers are buying as many as the Japanese automaker can produce. Doll told MT, "You could argue, and some people do, that for the Crosstrek we should have a higher-performance engine in that car, but on the other hand, we're selling as many as we can get. We haven't really hit the top with the Crosstrek yet.
The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek did get new improvements over the outgoing model with a new Auto Stop-Start system fuel-saving technology, and Subaru SI-Drive driver-selectable powertrain management system with Intelligent and Sport modes and steering wheel control switches but no power upgrades. The model is the hot model in the stable and Subaru doesn’t need to bring power improvements yet.
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