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Geneva 2017: All-new 2018 Subaru Crosstrek could be the ideal fit for you

The second-generation 2018 Subaru Crosstrek | Photo: Subaru
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Guillaume Rivard
Popular little CUV likely to gain more fans; will you be one of them?

The Subaru Crosstrek has been fairly successful since launching in Canada for the 2013 model year, the Japanese automaker capitalizing on growing demand for small SUVs and crossovers. Now, meet the brand new, second-generation Crosstrek, which was unveiled on Tuesday at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

It is obviously based on the XV Concept introduced in the Swiss city a year ago.

Safer and more competent on any surface
For 2018, the Subaru Crosstrek moves to the new Subaru Global Platform to provide drivers with enhanced body and chassis rigidity and strength (70-100% more than before, the company says). The result will be more responsive handling and ride comfort. This is backed by impressive collision safety and hazard avoidance systems, such as EyeSight (Pre-Collision Braking Control, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Lane Keep Assist), a new High Beam Assist feature, steering-responsive headlights, Rear/Side Vehicle Detection, and more.  

For all-weather and off-road confidence, Subaru’s symmetrical full-time all-wheel drive system adds Active Torque Vectoring, which will enhance turning and steering performance, while ground clearance is unchanged at 220 mm.

Approximately 80% of the 2.0L direct-injection SUBARU BOXER engine has been completely revamped. It is lighter, more powerful (154 hp), and more fuel-efficient (official ratings yet to come), aided by an improved Lineartronic CVT. Reportedly, noise and vibration have been greatly reduced through both engine and transmission refinements.

Updated design inside and out
The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek’s rugged yet sporty new exterior embodies the DYNAMIC x SOLID design philosophy. Although the changes are subtle and the overall shape is very similar to the outgoing model’s, you should know that the headlights and taillights are new, while redesigned 18” alloy wheels are available along with new body colours (Cool Gray Khaki and Sunshine Orange) that mesh well with the matte-black cladding.

Inside, the signature Subaru touches have been further strengthened, including excellent all-round visibility, a spacious cabin, and versatile cargo room. The newly designed steering wheel offers better drivability and a more responsive driving feel. Detailed orange stitching on the instrument panel complements the quality look, while the 8.0” touchscreen display for the infotainment system offers smartphone connectivity.

Guillaume Rivard
Guillaume Rivard
Automotive expert