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Why You Should Wait for the All-New 2018 Subaru Crosstrek

The new 2018 Subaru XV Crosstrek is coming later this year. Should you buy a 2017, or wait for the new model?

Around the globe the new 2018 Subaru crossover is called the XV. In North America, it’s called the Crosstrek. But regardless of where you live, the new Subaru crossover is coming to Subaru dealer near you. Here’s why you should wait for it, if you are thinking about buying a new XV or Crosstrek crossover.

The next-generation 2018 Crosstrek (XV) is set to be unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show on March 7, 2017. It will ride on the Subaru Global Platform and it will make a big difference over the previous generation model. The improvements will be similar to what comes on the new 2017 Impreza compact, and it will share common parts. Why should you wait for it?

Improved ride and driving dynamics

Global consumers will see noticeable changes in the 2018 Crosstrek’s driving dynamics. In a nutshell, the new underpinnings will reduce vibrations and produce a smoother ride quality. The body and chassis will be 70-100 percent more rigid which will translate to improved steering response, and the increased rigidity of the suspension mounting will reduce body roll by 50 percent compared to current models.

The new-generation 2018 Crosstrek will also have a lower center of gravity improving driving dynamics in the corners producing a more dynamic ride. The 2017 Impreza has improved crash energy absorption by 40 percent, and the 2018 Crosstrek will also see the same safety improvements because of its new underpinnings. It will also be available with the more advanced new-generation EyeSight driver assist safety system.

New direct injection boxer

The all-wheel-drive crossover will also grow slightly in size, improving its cargo-carrying ability, and enjoy better fuel economy with a new-generation direct-injection boxer engine. The Subaru 2.0-liter engine, with the addition of direct injection, will come with a bit more horsepower to 152hp from 148. Expect fuel economy to increase slightly too. It will also come with enhanced interior materials and new technology.

The all-new 2018 Subaru Crosstrek or VX will make its dealer launch later this year. It will be worth the wait if you are considering an all-wheel-drive crossover. It's set to make its global reveal at the Geneva Motor Show March 7. Stay tuned.

Watch the Subaru XV Concept world premiere video

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Stan Powers (not verified)    June 12, 2018 - 10:45AM

Turbo? is my question too. Seems like a no-brainer for Subaru to drop in the WRX turbo (just like they did for my 2004 Forester XT). They's sell a million - I'd be first in line! Fingers crossed...