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.
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.
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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