2023 Subaru Crosstrek set for Australia, replacing XV

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Subaru Australia volition axe the two-generation-old XV nameplate, with its next-generation tiny SUV to beryllium badged Crosstrek erstwhile it arrives present “soon”.

We bash not person precise timing connected erstwhile to expect the Subaru Crosstrek successful Australian showrooms, though the institution says it volition stock much accusation “in the coming months”.

The caller Subaru Crosstrek, revealed connected September 15, is erstwhile again pitched arsenic a compact SUV susceptible of venturing a small further from the tarmac than astir competitors.

“We’re excited to corroborate the next-generation XV is coming to Australia soon, and it volition transportation the Crosstrek nameplate,” said Subaru Australia managing manager Blair Read.

“The caller sanction embodies what the Crosstrek does and is, an all-wheel thrust crossover tiny SUV that’s susceptible of trekking astir anyplace you please, whether that’s municipality driving oregon outdoor adventures, with implicit assurance and enjoyment.”

The caller Crosstrek is based connected the latest Subaru Global Platform, delivering claimed improvements to compartment strength, wide refinement, and thrust comfort.

Powertrain options volition see a signature 2.0-litre Boxer flat-four mated to a CVT with 8 manual ‘ratios’, arsenic good arsenic an e-Boxer hybrid option. Subaru being Subaru, each Crosstreks volition beryllium all-wheel thrust (AWD) – successful a marketplace conception dominated by front-wheel thrust rivals.

The interior volition athletics a caller 11.6-inch infotainment touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a wireless telephone charger.

Subaru besides says it rejigged the compartment layout “in collaboration with aesculapian schools”, studying the operation and question of a quality assemblage to present “sound ergonomics and an intuitive transportation betwixt driver, conveyance and road”.

Safety features volition see the latest procreation EyeSight operator assistance and monitoring systems, arsenic good arsenic 9 airbags.

When it arrives, presumably during the people of 2023, the Subaru Crosstrek volition vie against the recently launched Toyota Corolla Cross and soon-to-be-updated Kia Seltos, arsenic good arsenic the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, Mazda CX-30, and a laundry database of different competitors.

What we already knew

The e-Boxer hybrid powertrain appears to beryllium a mentation of the brand’s existing 2.0-litre e-Boxer, which mates a 110kW and 196Nm petrol motor with an electrical centrifugal packing 12.3kW and 66Nm, linked to a lithium-ion battery.

Outputs successful the caller Crosstrek haven’t been confirmed, but Subaru says “improvements to trim vibrations and sound successful the motor and Lineartronic CVT person besides been made”.

Measuring 4480mm (-5mm) long, 1800mm (unchanged) wide, and 1580mm (-35mm) gangly with a 2670mm (+5mm) wheelbase, the caller car is smaller connected the extracurricular than the outgoing XV – though its longer wheelbase should assistance escaped up much interior space.

The latest mentation of Subaru’s EyeSight information strategy gains a wide-angle mono camera to backmost the colour stereo cameras. Subaru says its stereo camera has a broader scope of imaginativeness than before, and its bundle has been updated to amended recognise objects successful its periphery.

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