The next generation of the Subaru Crosstrek is scheduled to arrive as a 2018 model. The completely redesigned model will be based on the Subaru XV concept that was revealed earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show. The model which is known outside the U.S. as the XV made its debut in 2013 under the Crosstrek nameplate. As a matter of fact, the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek will follow the redesign of the Impreza hatchback on which it is based. The all-new compact crossover will naturally ride on the same Subaru Global Platform as its Impreza sibling. Of course, it remains to be seen to what extent the all-new Crosstrek will resemble the aforementioned concept.
2018 Subaru Crosstrek Design Changes
Similar to other Subaru’s new models, the XV concept announces a more angular exterior design. Such replace the soft edges seen on the outgoing model. The latest styling theme is referred to by Subaru as the “next-generation DYNAMIC& SOLID design philosophy.” As a result, the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek will sport a much more dramatic sheet metal compared to its predecessor.
Expect it to feature a sculpted profile similar to the one seen on the Nissan Murano. There are also plenty of black cladding running along lower sills and wheel arches giving it a masculine appearance. More of the same plastic cladding can be seen on the front bumper and fascia. Those dominated by sharply styled headlights. As for the rear end, it echoes the theme applied on the front fascia almost entirely. When it comes to dimensions, numbers are different. The XV concept is more than 3.5 inches wider and 2.0 inches lower than the current Crosstrek. It also measures 177.9 inches in length. It is almost three inches longer compared to the outgoing model.
2018 Subaru XV Crosstrek Drivetrain
Since the details on the new Crosstrek’s drivetrain are still scarce, we are still awaiting more substantial reports to surface any time soon. However, we can claim with much certainty that the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek will once again feature a boxer four-cylinder and all-wheel drive as standard. The currently available model uses a 148 hp four-cylinder. Engine is paired with a five-speed manual or a CVT gearbox. When it comes to the gas-electric version, it’s still unclear whether the upcoming model will retain the hybrid drivetrain it currently uses.
The 2018 Subaru XV Crosstrek will be built at Subaru’s plant in Indiana, the same one that already the Legacy and Outback models. It will be interesting to see whether the next-generation model will have what it takes to compete in the compact crossover segment. This one has literally exploded over the course of last few years. That is currently a difficult task even for some of the better-known names in this class.