The Crosstrek will arrive with a new platform that’s twice as strong as the outgoing model and a new engine that’s 80 per cent new and now features direct injection. It pushes 156 horsepower and 145 lb.-ft. of torque through a continuously variable transmission – with a seven-speed manual mode – and the company’s signature Symmetrical all-wheel drive system.
n Europe, the sole engine on offer is a 154-horsepower, 2.0-liter flat-four, and it comes mated to a continuously variable transmission. In the US, that number is likely to dip to the same 152 horsepower output seen on the 2017 Impreza. The US-spec Impreza gets a manual in certain trims, so perhaps the Crosstrek will, too, but it’s not necessarily a given.
There are plenty of safety systems on offer. In Europe, the Crosstrek will receive EyeSight as standard, which includes adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking and lane-keep assist. Additional systems add blind spot monitoring and headlights that move their beams to follow the steering wheel.
Elsewhere on the new XV, safety and assistance tech such as lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control and pre-collision braking control are set to appear. Prices shouldn’t move too far in either direction of the £22,180 tag of the outgoing model when it arrives in showrooms later this year.