2018 Subaru Crosstrek
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What Most People Don’t Know About Subaru Crosstrek Could Help You Steer Clear

The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek rides on the new architecture making the compact crossover a quick lane-change artist. How does it benefit consumers?

The all-new 2018 Subaru Crosstrek rides on a new platform and it has significant advantages over the first-generation model. What can consumers expect if they need to change lanes quickly? Subaru UK produced a short 40 second video clip below with the new Subaru Crosstrek (XV in global markets) on a test track traveling through cones showing how the new compact crossover navigates a quick lane change with less sideways travel than the first-generation model.

Why is this important? If you’ve even been following another vehicle like a pickup and somethings fallen out of the back, you’ve experienced trying to swerve out of the way to avoid hitting the object. Another scenario could be when an obstacle appears in your path, like a dog darting onto the road, you turn quickly so you don't hit the animal. In remote areas deer and other animals can also jump out in front of you. All would require quick thinking and a vehicle that can handle the driver’s reaction. A good article from Ziptopia talks about How to Handle Emergency Situations While Driving.

The second-generation 2018 Subaru Crosstrek comes with significant changes underneath that enhances safety, ride comfort, and agility. It rides on the new Subaru Global Platform (SGP) that all next-generation Subarus will adopt in the future. This new architecture can help prevent accidents if these situations occur.

How it benefits consumers

Crosstrek’s new SGP features increased rigidity throughout the body and chassis (a 70-100 percent increase over present models) and incorporates substantial improvements to the suspension system. It has a lower center of gravity (5 mm lower) for improved driving dynamics. This is where it has superior straight-line stability and cornering performance in the new model.

The frame is 70 percent more rigid than the first-generation model which translates to reduced vibrations, a smoother ride, and the new platform reduces body roll of the vehicle by 50 percent compared to present models. The steering gear ratio has been quickened from 14:1 to 13:1 for improved maneuverability in urban environments. Add in the Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system, and it handles extreme situations you may encounter on the road.

The all-new 2018 Subaru Crosstrek rides on the new architecture making the compact crossover a quick lane-change artist on the highway. Those few less inches of travel could be the difference between hitting an object and steering clear to safety.

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Watch The new Subaru Crosstrek (XV) - W Lane Change video

Photo credit: Subaru UK

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It's an incremental improvement, but a good one. It's good that they improved the rigidity of the unibody. That alone will improve the workings of any suspension, and the driving experience over rough roads. Most potential buyers probably won't notice this particular improvement unless they drove the old and new back-to-back, which they likely won't. They'll notice the quicker ratio steering gear, and the fact that the new car is better than their old car.
We'll be getting the 2018 Crosstrek for a week of testing this month and put it through the paces. Stay tuned for a full review. Thanks for reading Glenn!