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2023 Subaru Crosstrek is going to arrive soon. Here is the list of upgrades and redesigns that the new launch will bring.
The 2023 Subaru Crosstrek will likely unfold according to several reliable predictions. With an all-wheel-drive system as standard and robust appearance, the Subaru Crosstrek seems to be an ideal image of what an SUV should look like for family-oriented car users. It offers a spacious room in the rear area and a well-made, albeit slightly dull, interior section. Indeed, the Crosstrek is not a model that will excite driving enthusiasts much, as the base powertrain is quite lacking. Fortunately, an environmentally-friendly plug-in hybrid alternative and a more rugged Sport trim are available to compensate for its drawbacks.
Short Introduction to the Crosstek
The Subaru Crosstrek referred to as the Subaru XV for markets outside North America, is a Subaru-produced subcompact crossover. Globally, it is the successor of the Impreza XV and the Outback Sport for North America. The Crosstrek sports upgraded differences from both models.
The Subaru Crosstrek is on its 2nd generation, revealed in March 2017 during the Geneva International Motor Show. The 2022 (also presumably the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek) is the carryover of the 2021 model that provides a new 2.5L powertrain alternative, a slightly refreshed appearance, updated driver assistance tech features, and a newly released trim grade.
Possible Powertrain Replacement and New Version
Subaru officials haven’t disclosed anything about the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek. However, according to some sources connected to the Japanese automobile manufacturer, the upcoming Crosstrek launch will provide a turbocharged engine for the U.S. market. This decision can help increase the recently plummeting popularity of the Crosstrek itself and the small SUV segment.
A Japanese source reports that a 1.5L turbocharged engine will be planted for Hybrid, Premium, and Base trims, which the same source claims can produce a maximum output of 152 HP as the existing one powertrain. However, the upcoming Crosstrek is more likely to be equipped with a 1.5L turbocharged Subaru Boxer engine to replace its current 2L engine. So, if anything, the engine upgrade is meant to improve fuel mileage instead of performance or power.
The automaker has confirmed that a new Wilderness edition will be launched for the following year’s model of the Subaru Crosstrek. The release makes it the third Wilderness version produced after the Subaru Outback and Forester have received it. However, there’s no need to be disappointed by the lack of upgrades on the 2023 model.
Sets of Barely Transformed Designs and Features
Remaining faithful to the usual Subaru fashion that focuses on practicality over aesthetics, the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek is expected to bring durable yet basic interior design. While the lack of style is still totally understandable for lower trim levels, it begins to feel a bit of rob for high-end models marketed above $30,000.
The Crosstrek rear passenger seat comes off as sufficiently sized, especially when the seats are split-folded. However, suppose there’s a comparison with competitors in the same class. In that case, the space it offers is smaller than the Nissan Rogue Sport and Honda HR-V, even though both have more compact exterior dimensions.
On the other hand, the infotainment feature of the Crosstrek doesn’t disappoint. It carries a neatly organized StarLink system and offers connectivity features and easy navigation for daily usage. Smart devices integration such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, and USB port supports, along with a 6.5″ touchscreen display, are available as standard. A slightly larger touchscreen display at 8″ is available for the Hybrid and Limited trim, as well as some extra support features.
You can also rest assured that the upcoming Crosstrek will bring exclusive safety features. Currently, the model gets Eyesight, a driver assistant suite from Subaru that includes blind-spot monitoring, 360º camera, lane-centering support, auto emergency braking, rear cross-traffic warning, and a driver attention monitor.
Release Date of the New Crosstrek
The Subaru Crosstrek nestles between a highly crowded and competitive segment of compact SUV crossover. Depending on the markets, the primary competitors are the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-30, Toyota Corolla Cross, CV Trailblazer, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, Kia Seltos Hyundai Kona, etc.
That’s why the new 2023 Subaru Crosstrek needs to bring competitive features. We expect the car to arrive in early 2023 for a worldwide launch and in sprinU.S.2023 for a US launch. The details above may help you decide if you want to opt for the nearest release or wait for the new generation to come.