The next-generation 2018 Subaru Crosstrek (XV in global markets) was uncovered at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show today. It comes with significant changes underneath that enhances safety, ride comfort, and agility. It rides on the new Subaru Global Platform (SGP) that all next-generation Subarus will adopt in the future.
Plus, in a market segment where convention rules, the XV’s so mechanically leftfield it’s in a neighbouring farm. Only a Boxer configuration non-turbo, direct injection petrol engine with 154bhp has been announced so far, paired with the Lineartronic CVT ’box. A diesel will be a must for any chance of traction in the sales charts.
The shorter overhangs should also make this already tiny wagon easier to place in cramped settings like cities. Designers and engineers also borrowed liberally from the Impreza’s cabin–there’s an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and nicer cabin materials than last year’s model.
Outside, the new Crosstrek follows the previous model’s butchifying tactics but goes a bit more ape with the plastic cladding, distorting the shape of the fenders and exaggerating the new Impreza’s dark fog-lamp surrounds. Otherwise, we didn’t expect a radical reinvention, and we didn’t get one. The Crosstrek faithful, no doubt, will be pleased.