Generally speaking, you have already seen the new Subaru Crosstrek. We say in general because buyers in the United States will have a choice of different Crosstrek flavors. That’s very clear in the latest Subaru teaser images, likely the last we’ll see before the crossover’s official reveal on February 9.
To refresh your memory, the Crosstrek was introduced in Japan last year as a 2023 model. It’s already on sale in the Land of the Rising Sun, but you won’t find a Sport model there at dealerships. This has been the focus of teasers for the US version, which aside from badging, apparently includes yellow trim on the front and rear fascias. Previous teasers also showed yellow trim on the sides, bottom near the rocker panels. It is not known at this time if there are deeper changes under the skin.
As with the rest of the SUV, the new model is still a bit larger than the one it replaces. From the side it doesn’t look significantly different, but up front there’s a much larger grille. It’s the focal point of an all-new face with smaller headlights at the top and larger driving lights at the bottom. The wheel arches still wear prominent plastic trim, but for 2024 that trim expands with square edges.
Inside, you’ll find a considerably larger 11.6-inch touchscreen, mounted in portrait style to cover just about the entire central area of the dash. It’s mounted above a console that retains a traditional shifter for the transmission, and there are also plenty of traditional knobs and buttons for controlling common-use systems. It’s important to note that we’re talking about the Japanese model here – the North American Crosstrek has yet to debut. But there is no reason to believe that the interior will be significantly different, if there are any differences.
It could be a different case under the hood. In Japan, the Crosstrek gets a mild-hybrid powertrain consisting of a 2.0-liter flat-four making 145 horsepower and a single electric motor providing a boost of 13 horsepower. It’s also available with front-wheel drive in addition to being all-wheel-drive, but US buyers will likely get all-wheel-drive exclusively. As for the engine, the 2.5-liter 182-hp boxer engine offered in the outgoing model could be offered with a hybrid option.
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