Will Subaru keep the manual transmission in the next-generation 2023 Subaru Crosstrek, or will they drop it? A new report from Drive says Subaru Australia managing director Blair Read told them Subaru Corporation is working on keeping the 6-speed manual gearbox in the new Crosstrek, WRX, and BRZ.
Why would Subaru consider dropping the manual transmission?
Subaru has a goal of zero fatal accidents by 2030, and they need every model in the lineup to be equipped with EyeSight safety technology. EyeSight is not offered on any Subaru model with a manual gearbox because it's incompatible with the safety system.
Subaru is working on a solution
Read recently told journalists at the 2022 WRX launch, "We are working on bringing Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) onto manual variants. We're just not in a position to do that just yet."
Until now, Subaru has not been willing to invest the resources needed to make its EyeSight driver assist safety technology compatible with a manual transmission.
"From a Subaru perspective, we would like to see it as soon as possible, and it's something that we work closely with Subaru Corporation on and something that's definitely on our radar to get to market as soon as possible. Subaru Corporation has supported and worked to make it happen for us."
Subaru wants the Crosstrek, WRX, Impreza, and BRZ to earn the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award across the entire lineup. Currently, the Crosstrek, Impreza, and WRX without EyeSight don't get the highest scores and can't be included with the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) automatic models.
Will Subaru make EyeSight available with a manual transmission Crosstrek?
We expect the next-generation 2023 Subaru Crosstrek subcompact SUV to come with a 6-speed manual transmission and the 2023 Impreza compact sedan and hatchback models with a 5-speed manual gearbox. If Subaru is committed to making EyeSight driver assist technology compatible with the manual gearbox, Subaru will keep the manual transmission option. The entire Subaru lineup will earn the highest safety ratings, which is the automaker's primary goal.
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