Third-generation Subaru Crosstrek sharpens the small crossover game
Not to be outdone with the all new Ford Mustang (and its beautiful blue paint), Subaru revealed to the world its third generation Crossing.
Subaru says it refined the small crossover’s driving dynamics and underlined the uniqueness of the car’s design. It also contains a host of new and updated technologies and comforts.
The vehicle we’re looking at here is a JDM model, slated for release in Japan in 2023. It’s unclear when it will hit our shores, but 2024 is probably a good guess.
Inside the Subaru Crosstrek
The interior of the third-generation Crosstrek is unmistakably Subaru. It doesn’t look drastically different from the second-generation car, but Subaru’s latest 11.6-inch infotainment screen is front and center. Chances are lower trim models will have the dual screens found in current Subaru models
Everything else is pretty standard Subaru. Obviously we haven’t had a chance to delve yet, but it will more than likely be moderately plush with an emphasis on ruggedness.ness. It is a lifestyle vehicle after all. Cloth seats are standard, but Subaru says leather seats are available as a factory-installed option.
The Crosstrek is all about utility, isn’t it? Well, Subaru takes care of that. It has a large trunk and 60/40 split-folding rear seats. This means you can fit even more of your adventure gear on the inside. The trunk is covered with textured sill plates (inspired by mountains, apparently) that Subaru says will prevent slips and scratches.
The exterior of the Crosstrek
For its third generation, Subaru raised the Crosstrek’s roofline to make it look more commanding from your car’s rearview mirror. It also shrunk the LED headlights in keeping with the appearance of the new WRX and sharpened the front grille.
No surprise here: Subaru stuck a lot of black plastic cladding on the sides of the Crosstrek.
Perhaps the biggest difference is in the back, where Subaru decided to tone down the rear fenders a bit. It definitely gives the car a beefier look. It’s an evolution, not a revolution, outside, and that’s fine. The Crosstrek is one of the company’s most popular models for a reason: its looks.
In terms of paint, take this information with a grain of salt as what is coming to the US has yet to be confirmed. That being said, nine colors are available, including a few new blues, called “Offshore Blue Metallic” and “Oasis Blue”.
Eighteen-inch wheels will be an option for the car (17s are standard), and there are plenty of themf ground clearance for what the intended buyer will make of it. Subaru says the Crosstrek will have 200 mm (7.88 in) ground clearance
Under the hood of the Crosstrek
We have to take this with a grain of salt, as USDM engines have not been announced, but Subaru is only shipping one engine to the Japanese market. It is a 2-liter popper four mated to the company’s e-BOXER system. There are no power numbers yet.
Currently, the outgoing Crosstrek has three engine options. A 2.0- or 2.5-litre four-cylinder or a 2.0-litre plug-in hybrid.
Subaru says it aims to make the Crosstrek more of a driver’s car. The company claims to have improved ride comfort, body stiffness, braking, steering and NVH.
I don’t think I have to tell you, but I will anyway. All Crosstreks will come standard with all-wheel drive.
Crosstrek safety technology
For the next-generation Crosstrek, Subaru is adding a 360-degree downward camera system and an all-LED headlight system that will also include LED cornering lights.
The company says its new camera system has double the angles of the previous system. It can also apparently recognize objects at wider angles and from further away. Its wide-angle “Mono Camera” can also recognize motorcycles and pedestrians from a wider angle at low speeds. It can even step on the brakes in accordance with the EyeSight system.
Overall, the next-gen Crosstrek seems like one of those “good thing don’t mess around” vehicles. People like the Crosstrek the way it is, why change it too much?