- This the same 2.5-litre flat-4 as found in the Forester and Legacy.
- New engine will likely only be offered with higher trim levels.
- The Crosstrek is immensely popular – this addition will be a bonus.
When the Subaru Crosstrek launched a few years ago, it was clear that Subie had nailed it. Here was a compact car-cum-SUV with attitude, capability and all the right physical attributes. In fact, the car’s only fault was its sole engine choice: the timid 2.0-litre. This will change for 2021 as Subaru will finally offer the 182-horsepower 2.5-litre Boxer engine.
Much like what the Subaru Outback did to the Legacy, the Crosstrek has cast an enormous shadow on its original donor car, the Impreza. Interestingly, there was once such a thing as the Outback Sport, or an Impreza wagon with Outback visual cues, but it never took off the way the Crosstrek has. The ladder sports a raised ride height, extra cladding or all the highly desirable elements required for an urban battle wagon.
But seriously, the Crosstrek has only ever had one flaw and that was its 2.0-litre engine. Said engine was updated with the all-new 2018 Crosstrek but its 152-horsepower are still barely adequate for its 1,500 kg curb weight. The 2.5-litre will spice things up with its 182-horsepower and 176 lb.-ft. of torque, likely mated only to the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) .
Source: Automotive News