2018 Subaru XV Crosstrek: Review, Price, Specs

The Subaru automaker is preparing to soon unveil the brand new 2018 Subaru XV Crosstrek. This model was firstly presented in 2012, and since then its hasn`t changed much. So, it was about time to give it some significant and major changes.

When it hit the market back in 2013, this model was basically like an Impreza model only with different suspension. Now, the Subaru Company decided to improve it in almost every aspect. The new XV Crosstrek should receive more handsome look of the exterior. The cabin is going to be nicely designed too. As for the engine, it is expected to get stronger and more powerful unit. Furthermore, the technology will be improved as well, especially when it comes to the safety. The second generation of XV Crosstrek will be available in Convenience, Touring, Sport and Limited trim levels.

2018 Subaru XV Crosstrek engine and performance

Nothing is yet officially confirmed, but the new 2018 Subaru XV Crosstrek will probably use the same engine used in its predecessor. However, it will be revised and more powerful now. It is a 2.0-liter flat-four boxer engine with direct injection. This unit will be able to produce 152 horses (the current version is able to make 148 hp). The engine will be coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox. However, the continuously variable transmission will be offered too. The all-wheel drive configuration will be standard for both transmissions.

As for the fuel economy, with the CVT, the new Crosstrek will be a bit thirstier; so it is rated at 28 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.

2018 Subaru XV Crosstrek side

Design of exterior and interior

First of all, the 2018 Subaru XV Crosstrek will ride on a new Subaru Global Platform. As for the exterior design, we will see changes all over the body. It will look bolder, wider, less boxy and very attractive. The front fascia will be more rounded than before. The grille will also feature a bit different styling and will receive black plastic inserts instead of the earlier chrome trim. The headlamps will be narrower and will get LED daytime running lights. The fog lights should also be surrounded with black plastic as the grille.

On the rear end, we will see larger rectangular tail lamps instead of earlier small, rounded ones. Moreover, the massive spoiler will give it sportier appearance. The new Subaru will now ride on larger 18-inch wheels. Furthermore, we can expect two new exterior colors. Those will be: Sunshine Orange and Cool Grey Khaki.

Inside, 2018 Subaru XV Crosstrek will receive numerous upgrades; starting from the dashboard which will get larger an 8-inch touchscreen with latest infotainment system. The seats will be upholstered in two types of fabric with contrasting stitching. As for the safety, new Subaru will be improved with many driver assistance features. It will include adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, pre-collision braking, blind spot detection and so on.

2018 Subaru XV Crosstrek rear

Release date and price

The 2018 Subaru XV Crosstrek should hit the market later this year. Speaking of the price, it should most likely start at $24,000. Depending on equipment and trim level, it will go up to roughly $33,000.

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