The all-new 2018 Subaru Crosstrek will be hitting dealership lots across Canada in July. The 2018 model has been completely redesigned around the Subaru Global Platform. The Crosstrek is more spacious and refined than ever, featuring new capabilities, new exterior and interior styling following the “Dynamic x Solid” design standards of Subaru, as well as enhanced performance.
2018 Crosstrek’s all-new styling
The 2018 Crosstrek has been redesigned inside and out for a stylishly upgraded new look. The new exterior design features a more sculpted body and prominent wheel arches with flowing lines. The wheel arch cladding, lower rocker panels, and roof rails are designed black to stand in contrast to whatever colour you choose.
The cabin of Crosstrek offers more room, riding on a 30mm longer wheelbase than the 2017 model. The cabin also offers greater usability of the cargo space, with 60/40 split flat-folding rear seats and a wider rear gate opening.
The new Subaru Crosstrek features core technologies that allow it to deliver enhanced power and superior performance. The Crosstrek features the new Subaru Global Platform, 2.0-litre direct injection SUBARU BOXER engine, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD), and EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. These technologies are combined a new framework with optimized cross-sections and highly stiffened joints between structures, which improve straight-line stability, agility, and ride comfort. The combination also affords for reducing noise, vibration, and harshness inside the cabin.
For superior performance, all trims come with reduced steering ratio and Active Torque Vectoring which helps reduce understeer and enhance stability. The model has also introduced an optional Lineartronic CVT which features driver-selectable X-Mode with hill descent control, which is optional on the Convenience, Touring, and Sport trims, and is standard on the Limited trim.
Enhanced safety features
The 2018 Crosstrek model has been redesigned to be the safest Crosstrek model yet. The Crosstrek has been named an IIHS Top Safety Pick for six years running, and the new platform seeks to improve over the previous models. The 2018 model is 70% more rigid and increases crash energy absorption by 40%. This gives it a higher rating in crashworthiness and reduces the risk of injury to occupants.
The new features for this model are LED steering responsive headlights, which follow the vehicle as it steers into them, and a new rearview camera with dynamic guidelines that help the driver maneuver safely. All trims also come standard with front-seat side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags, and a driver’s knee airbag.