Since its introduction in 2013, many have complained that the Crosstrek needed more power.
Finally, the 182-horsepower 2.5-litre will be available for the first time.
The 2021 Crosstrek arrives later this summer.
The Subaru Crosstrek (aka XV Crosstrek) has been a runaway hit since it arrived seven years ago. Its Outback-inspired raised ride height, extra cladding, and decidedly more rugged appearance has swooned countless buyers. Its capabilities and dynamic abilities have also proved to be strong selling points. In fact, the only faults we’ve ever found with the car were its powertrain. While the CVT remains, albeit improved, it’s the addition of the 182-horsepower 2.5-litre that makes a big splash.
From the onset, the Crosstrek’s 2.0-litre flat-4 cylinder engine and its 152-horsepower (mild increase in 2018 from 148) and 145 lb.-ft. of torque lacked in performance. The available 6-speed manual transmission or optional Lineartronic CVT did little to help out. The addition of the Legacy/Outback/Forester-sourced 182-horsepower and 176 lb.-ft. of torque 2.5-litre engine with the new Sport trim, as well as the Limited, will change almost everything. One element that won’t is the car’s impressively low fuel consumption despite the extra power.
The 2.5L will be available with the new Sport trim and the Limited. The Sport will feature Subaru’s dual-function X-MODE with Hill Descent Control with SNOW/DIRT and DEEP SNOW/MUD selectable settings. It will also get unique 17-inch wheels, moldings, and other accents. The cabin will gain exclusive StarTex upholstery with yellow stitching, and various simulated carbon-fiber interior trim accents.
No details on pricing yet however the car will arrive in dealerships in late summer.