Why You Shouldn't Buy The New Subaru Crosstrek And Wait Until Next Year
The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek remains unchanged and there is no reason to wait if you are thinking of buying one of the remaining 2021 models. Subaru Corporation chose to bring the 2022 models unchanged as a carryover. We reached out to Subaru of America, and a company spokesman told us, "The 2022 Crosstrek is a carryover. There are no new features." Why should customers wait for the 2023 model change?
Subaru Corporation made significant upgrades for the 2021 model year by bringing the new Crosstrek Sport trim level and the Limited top trim with the new 2.5-liter Boxer engine. It was a good decision, and the Crosstrek is Subaru of America's hottest model. But even better things are coming.
There are two reasons why the 2022 Crosstrek is a carryover. The global microchip shortage has severely limited the availability of new electronic features. It makes it easier for Subaru to manufacture the top-selling Crosstrek with no changes to the production line.
Here is why you should wait for the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek
If you want a 2022 Subaru Crosstrek, you have to wait. Subaru Corporation is behind in filling its back orders. If you order a 2022 model today, you could wait three months to get one.
The 2023 Subaru Crosstrek gets a complete remodel, and there are plenty of upgrades customers will want. Subaru Corporation will change the exterior with a new front facia and LED headlights. Engineers will make minor changes to the rear of the new Crosstrek as it keeps its C-shaped taillights. Subaru could make the new Crosstrek tailgate opening wider, making it easier to carry a mountain bike inside.
The Crosstrek will likely get a new touchscreen, next-generation EyeSight safety technology, and the interior will grow in size. Look for new aluminum wheels and a new exterior color.
A new Crosstrek Wilderness is coming
Outdoor enthusiasts will want to wait for the all-new Crosstrek Wilderness trim level. Sources close to Subaru tell us the automaker will launch the new Crosstrek Wilderness trim level in 2023.
The all-new Crosstrek Wilderness will come with an advanced dual function X-Mode, elevated 9.2-inch ground clearance like Forester, standard front and rear skid plates, and an upgraded suspension for additional off-road performance.
With the 2022 Forester Wilderness powered by a naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter engine, Crosstrek Wilderness will likely keep its 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque 2.5-liter four-cylinder Boxer.
Subaru could decide to upgrade the Crosstrek's current 2.5-liter naturally aspirated Boxer engine with additional horsepower. True to form, the Japanese automaker is tight-lipped about releasing information on the all-new outdoor adventure model.
When will the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek be available in the U.S.?
The next-generation 2023 Subaru Crosstrek will make its global launch first in early 2023. The Crosstrek Wilderness will arrive in the U.S. in the spring of 2023. It will be worth the wait if you can hold off a year before buying a new Crosstrek subcompact SUV.
In the comments below, let Subaru of America know what changes you would like to see in the next-generation 2023 Crosstrek.
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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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