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Subaru Reveals The Next-Gen Crosstrek And Impreza Will Now Launch Together

The 2023 Subaru Crosstrek will get a complete remodel along with the Impreza. Here are the details of what's coming for customers next year.


The launch of the 2022 Impreza with no upgrades reveals Subaru Corporation's intentions to launch the next-generation 2023 Crosstrek and Impreza together. The Impreza received a remodel in 2017, and the compact sedan and hatchback should have had a next-generation model change as a 2022 model year with Subaru's five-year life cycle.

Now Subaru will launch the next-generation Crosstrek compact SUV and Impreza compact car together in early 2023. The Crosstrek and Impreza are similar models, with the Impreza a compact car designed for urban dwellers, and the Crosstrek SUV is the model designed for those who use the hatchback for getting away from the city.

2023 Subaru Crosstrek, Crosstrek Wilderness

The 2022 Crosstrek will receive few changes like the 2022 Impreza. Impreza received only minor changes, including a new Sapphire Blue Pearl exterior color on all trim levels, and Limited now is offered exclusively in the hatchback body style.

The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek will also get only minor changes, and the all-new redesign from the ground up will come for the 2023 models. A report from sources in Japan says Crosstrek and Impreza will get a newly-developed 1.5-liter direct-injection turbocharged Boxer engine that will replace the naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter Boxer that currently powers both models.

2023 Subaru Crosstrek, Crosstrek Wilderness

Subaru Corporation is upgrading 80 percent of its global production with the smaller direct-injection turbocharged Boxer engines, and Crosstrek and Impreza could be the next models to get them.

The refreshed 2021 Crosstrek was recently upgraded with the 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated engine, so Subaru will most likely keep that engine an option in the Sport and Limited trims. The Base, Premium, and Hybrid trims would get the new 1.5-liter turbocharged powerplant. The report says it will produce close to the same 152 horsepower (148-hp) as the 2.0-liter engine.

Also, for the 2023 Crosstrek model change and complete remodel, Subaru of America will get a new Crosstrek Wilderness rugged model to fill out the new sub-brand in North America. The all-new Crosstrek Wilderness will come in the summer of 2023.

The all-new next-generation 2023 Subaru Crosstrek and Impreza will now launch together. Subaru of America will likely announce the model change late next year.

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ImprezaOwner (not verified)    June 22, 2021 - 1:13PM

Disappointing to see Subaru going down the turbo engine route, introducing a potential long term reliability issue. Curious if the Impreza will have at least one naturally aspirate engine option? Doesn't look to be the case.

Chuck (not verified)    June 22, 2021 - 4:52PM

Very skeptical of Subaru going the turbo route instead of naturally aspirated. Knowing previous history of soft bearings, head gaskets, cvt transmissions it almost seems as though Subaru is always destined to be a 100k mile throw away or complete rebuild car. Which is VERY VERY disappointing.

Adam (not verified)    February 28, 2022 - 4:32PM

In reply to by Chuck (not verified)

My 02 wrx was the most reliable car I ever owned.
That’s in a group with a civic, a Corolla, an Impreza (n/a) 2 foresters (both of which had 150k+ without issues, a legacy with 262k. (That’s when it got head gaskets)
A Chevy Cruze (easily the worst in the group) and a Nissan centra.
I miss that car. It ran great and never let me down. The only thing I put in it was a clutch and timing belt. It has 311k on it when it met the deer.
All I do is keep up on maintaining them and I don’t modify or abuse them.
Those throw away cars hold insane value.

Reginald Hutchins (not verified)    June 22, 2021 - 7:49PM

Disappointed in Subaru and not standing behind the transmission problems that they've had in their Subarus in the past. With four Subarus in the family don't know if we're going to be buying anymore with them not standing behind the transmission problems

ImprezaOwner (not verified)    June 23, 2021 - 4:13PM

In reply to by Reginald Hutchins (not verified)

Subaru does have a "Extended Transmission Warranty Program" for 10 years/ 100K miles on certain vehicles up to 2015.

Would be nice if they continued to offer that warranty to vehicles beyond 2015. My 2019 Impreza is already on its second transmission and its barely reached 15,000 miles.

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