Subaru Corporation announced it would launch an all-new compact SUV called the REX. This is Subaru’s first new model launch since the Subaru Crosstrek made its global debut in 2012. This news comes from Japan, where the 2023 Subaru REX will be available for Japanese customers sometime next year.
Subaru says the new REX compact SUV is powered by a new 1.2-liter 3-cylinder naturally-aspirated (non-turbocharged) engine. The new engine deviates from the automaker’s Boxer engine design and is a Dual Overhead Cam (DOHC) engine design. The engine is mated to a CVT automatic transmission and produces 64kW (85 horsepower) and 113 Nm (83 lb. ft of torque.)
Another deviation for Subaru is the new Subaru REX does not come with all-wheel-drive and is a two-wheel-drive configuration. The reason is Subaru Corporation made the new REX as fuel-efficient as possible. The 7-speed sequential shift CVT transmission has a DRIVE switch with city, suburban, and highway modes.
Subaru says the new REX will achieve the highest safety performance for a small SUV. “In addition to the highly efficient energy-absorbing structure of the front side members, streamlining of the frame structure has resulted in a strong yet lightweight body,” the announcement from Subaru says.
The new REX is equipped with the latest driver assist technology with advanced safety functions such as collision damage mitigation braking. A Blind Spot Monitor alerts the driver by turning on the LED indicators on the door mirrors when the vehicle is approaching the left and right rear blind spots. REX also features Rear Cross Traffic Alert that alerts the driver with an audible warning to enhance safety when changing lanes and reversing.
The REX has large 17-inch wheels giving the new compact vehicle a sporty and substantial SUV look. Subaru says the REX will be offered in nine colors, and the Z trim level will have a two-tone body color.
The Subaru REX is designed for urban driving and has a turning radius of just 5.0 meters, making it easy to maneuver and park in the city.
Will the Subaru REX be sold in the U.S?
The all-new 2023 Subaru REX is designed for Japanese customers for short city commutes with the three-cylinder engine and two-wheel-drive. The new REX would need a larger 2.0-liter Boxer engine and all-wheel-drive for U.S. customers to consider buying the small SUV.
Let us know your thoughts on the new Subaru REX. Would you buy the compact SUV with its 1.2-liter engine and two-wheel-drive?
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