There’s a common misconception Subaru models come standard with all-wheel drive as standard, with the obvious exception of the BRZ. That’s not really the case since, back home in Japan, kei cars come with a front-wheel-drive setup. The larger Rex crossover introduced in November also sends power to the front axle, as does the new Crosstrek unveiled in mid-September.
Formerly known as the XV in some markets, the small crossover is getting a base two-wheel-drive model in its home market. The JDM-spec Crosstrek went on sale this month in the Land of the Rising Sun in Touring and Limited trim levels, both giving customers a choice of FWD or AWD.
At the heart of the third-generation model is a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter gasoline engine developing 145 horsepower (107 kilowatts) at 6,000 rpm and 188 Newton-meters (139 lb-ft) of torque from 4000 rpm. An electric motor adds 13 hp (10 kW) and 65 Nm (48 lb-ft) to the mix. Performance figures weren’t disclosed, but that shouldn’t be a problem for the typical customer.
No matter where the power is routed, the 2023 Crosstrek has a ground clearance of 200mm (nearly eight inches). Weight varies between 1,540 and 1,620 kilograms (3,395 and 3,571 pounds) depending on trim level, FWD or AWD, and optional equipment added. There are no other powertrains available at this time, but we won’t be too surprised if the US-spec variant gets a gas-only setup.
In typical JDM fashion, Subaru offers a host of accessories, including STI-branded accessories such as wheels, center-mounted dual exhaust tips, roof spoiler, strut bar and button red start / stop.
Pricing starts at 2,662,000 yen (about $20,000) for the Touring model with FWD and goes up to 3,289,000 yen (about $25,000) for the Limited with AWD. The price includes the local consumption tax (10%). Sticking with FWD saves you 220,000 yen ($1,600) and you also get slightly better fuel economy.