Subaru’s Rebooted Crosstrek Could be Sleeker and Sexier than Expected
Subaru decided to show a little leg last week, teasing an imageÂ of the upcoming 2018 Crosstrek. Despite expecting it to have roughly the same sex appeal as a ham sandwich, the glimpse hints at some unexpected curves and the possibilityÂ ofÂ an intentionally attractive design.
The next-generation Crosstrek will make use of the Subaru Global Platform currently sitting under the bodywork of Subaru’s redesigned Impreza before it eventually becomes the basis for the brand’s entire fleet.Â The new architecture is designed to achieve â€œthe worldâ€™s highest levels of collision safetyâ€ via high-strength steels and a 70- to 100-percent stiffer structure. It also incorporates Subie staples like all-wheel drive and a boxer engine â€” likely a 152 horsepowerÂ 2.0-liter inline-four coupled to a CVT.
When the crossover was launched in North America 2012, Subaru named it the XV Crosstrek. The automaker removed the “XV” portion of the name in 2015, saving it for everywhere but the United States. In the teaser photo, the crossover appears to possess the VX Concept’s taillightÂ design and a more swept back roofline. Based on the creases in the rear bodywork, it also appearsÂ more muscular and sporting than the 2016 concept vehicle did in Geneva.
Subaru soldÂ 95,677 Crosstreks in the U.S. in 2016 and sales have been creeping skyward ever since the compact CUV’s debut. It’s also the company’s fourth best-seller. The updated model is a golden opportunity for Subaru to capitalize on a hot segment and grow the brand while showing up Jeep’s Renegade and Mini’s Cooper Countryman.
The new CrosstrekÂ will make its officialÂ debut at the Geneva International Motor Show in March before stopping by the New York Auto Show in April.
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January 30, 2017 at 04:54AM