Subaru Australia has revealed details of the next-generation version of their XV small SUV, which will come to our shores next year with new features and a new name - Crosstrek.
The adoption of the Crosstrek name reflects the moniker that the model has carried in other overseas markets since the first version was launched a decade ago.
“The new name embodies what the Crosstrek does and is,” said Subaru Australia’s Managing Director, Blair Read. “An All-Wheel Drive crossover small SUV that’s capable of trekking almost anywhere you please, whether that’s urban driving or outdoor adventures, with absolute confidence and enjoyment.”
The powertrain, consisting of a naturally aspirated 2.0-litre Boxer petrol flat four or hybrid e-Boxer engine and Lineartronic CVT, carries over from the existing XV, but the Crosstrek will feature an eight-speed manual mode (instead of seven) and paddle shifters. The symmetrical all-wheel drive system carries over, too, but the 2023 Crosstrek will deliver a new-look exterior and what Subaru calls a step-change in ergonomics and comfort for the driver and passengers.
In collaboration with medical schools, Subaru designers studied the structure and movement of the human body to design a small SUV that they say delivers advanced comfort, sound ergonomics and an intuitive connection between driver, vehicle and road.
In sync with this, a revised inner chassis delivers a quieter, more comfortable ride, while also improving overall cabin strength.
Infotainment and convenience tech for the Crosstrek includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, wireless smartphone charging and an 11.6-inch infotainment touchscreen.
The Crosstrek promises the newest safety features, too including the latest generation of Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist system and Driver Monitoring System – Driver Focus (DMS), as well as nine airbags – up from seven on the current XV
An actual release date for the Crosstrek (nee XV) small SUV had not been revealed at time of writing, but it's expected here in the first half of 2023, with more details to be released by Subaru Australia ahead of the local launch.
For more details, go to: subaru.com.au/crosstrek