- The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek gets a new Outdoor trim level in Canada.
- A more-powerful 2.5L engine is now available in some uplevel trims.
- Heated steering wheel is now offered in lower-priced variants of the Crosstrek.
Not only will the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek offer more firepower in uplevel trim levels, but the Canadian market also benefits from a new Outdoor variant, offering an ever wider selection of appearances and features to suit the northern country’s tastes.
As we already mentioned, the Crosstrek will be available with a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine that develops 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque, matched to a continuously variable automatic transmission and—obviously—full-time all-wheel drive. It’s the same engine found in Subaru Legacy, the Outback and the Forester models, and will provide the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek with improved performance for a very small fuel consumption increase. As a matter of fact, the 2.0L engine in the Crosstrek has a combined city/highway rating of 7.9 L/100 km, while in the new Outback, the 2.5L four nets a combined figure of 8.2.
In the United States, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek will offer the new engine in the Sport and Limited trims, while the Canadian market will get it in the Limited as well as in the new Outdoor trim level. The latter will notably feature a 6.5-inch infotainment touchscreen, SUBARU STARLINK connected services, climate control, heated front seats as well as blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. It also adds a new front-mounted camera that displays a 180-degree view, which helps during forward parking manoeuvres and during off-road stints.
The Outdoor variant also benefits from an exclusive paint colour called Plasma Yellow Pearl, in addition to unique styling cues, including gray-painted 17-inch alloy wheels, aggressive bodyside cladding and gunmetal gray grille accent, mirror caps, fog light cover accents and shark fin antenna. Indoors, the Outdoor gets all-weather seat upholstery with yellow stitching, in addition to yellow and gray accenting.
In Canada, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is still available in Convenience, Convenience with EyeSight, Touring, Touring with EyeSight, Sport, Sport with EyeSight and Limited trim levels. All of them except the Limited are equipped with a 152-horsepower, 2.0L flat-four engine and the choice between a six-speed manual transmission and a continuously variable automatic. The Crosstrek Limited PHEV is also back with its 148-hp powertrain and 27-km EV driving range.
Also new for 2021, the Touring and Sport trims now receive a heated steering wheel, which was previously reserved for the Limited and Limited PHEV. Meanwhile, all trims benefit from a redesigned grille, while the Subaru EyeSight advanced driving aid package adds lane centering assist.
Pricing for the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek has not yet been announced for either market.