A 2.0-liter four-cylinder flat-cylinder engine is planned that uses direct fuel injection. That engine will be combined with a seven-speed automatic transmission that can be changed with paddles behind the wheel. A manual transmission will also be available, Subaru spokesman Dominick Infante said.
Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, CEO of Fuji Heavy Industries, the Japanese company that makes Subaru vehicles, said improving safety by helping the vehicle avoid crashes and better protect occupants after an accident were the main targets of the new Crosstrek.
Subaru has the Crosstrek to extend its sales spurt in the United States. The company has recorded nine consecutive years of growth and expects to increase sales to 670,000 vehicles by 2017, up 9 percent from last year.
The original Crosstrek, known as the XV in other markets, went on sale in the United States in 2012, and the third best vehicle in sales of the automaker in the country.