Take a new 2017 Impreza Hatchback, give it more ground clearance and presto, we bring you the Subaru Crosstrek.
Subaru unveiled the second-generation crossover, known as the Crosstrek XV in Europe, this week in Geneva. It’s the first major overhaul since being introduced in 2012. No drastic changes in the looks department. But it does get a new platform and there are some noticeable tweaks including better materials.
To start with, it’s built on Subaru’s new Global Platform just introduced on the 2017 Impreza. That means a stiffer, more rigid chassis with a lower center of gravity and an improved suspension setup. Subaru says it creates both better handling in terms of stability and cornering. In the case of the Crosstrek, it lowers body roll by 50 percent. The new platform is also stronger and lighter.
In terms of lines, designers took the hatchback lines and made them a little more rugged. Earning it the Crosstrek name. It won’t be taking on a Jeep in terms of off-roading any time soon. But it is a nice middle ground in terms of a functional hatchback and something that can venture onto rougher roads.
One thing that we’re really happy about is that Subaru is making its terrific EyeSight safety system standard. (At least in Europe, fingers crossed it’s the same here, too.) The EyeSight suite adds on driver assist tech including pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keep assistance. Other available safety tech includes blind-spot monitoring, lane-change and back-up assist.
The Crosstrek has 8.7 inches of ground clearance and Subaru’s signature symmetrical all-wheel drive comes standard as usual.
The European model in Geneva is showing the sole option of a 2.0-liter flat-four engine. It features CVT and makes 154-horsepower. The U.S. Impreza gets the 2.0-liter engine too. However, its power rates lower at 152-horses. Also, unlike the Impreza, the Crosstrek doesn’t offer a manual option.
The 2018 Crosstrek will make its official U.S. debut at next month’s New York Auto Show.