2018 Subaru Crosstrek Exterior

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Subaru unveiled the new Impreza sedan and hatchback last year, and since the Crosstrek (known as the XV in Europe) is just an Impreza hatchback with a lift kit, it was only a matter of time until the new one surfaced. And here it is!

This is the first major redesign for the Crosstrek since its introduction in 2012. It’s… not much different from the Impreza hatchback, to be honest. It’s taller, and there’s some additional body cladding around the wheels and on the lower portions of the fasciae, but that’s about it. Compared to the previous generation, it’s significantly less boxy. A new exterior color, “cool gray khaki,” is the most Subaru paint color that’s ever existed.

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The interior is the same story. The materials look better, and the dashboard arrangement keeps the important pieces front and center, with plenty of physical switchgear surrounding the touchscreen infotainment system. There’s a new steering wheel and some orange stitching on the instrument panel, as well as a new electronic parking brake.

The new body rides on the Subaru Global Platform, which first arrived on the new Impreza. It will underpin just about every future Subaru, and it promises increased rigidity and improved noise, vibration and harshness. Body roll is down some 50 percent over the previous version.

Being a Subaru, it’ll come with standard all-wheel drive. It’ll come equipped with X-Mode, which optimizes pedal inputs and the all-wheel drive system for improved traction on slippery surfaces. Hill descent control will keep things from getting hairy when the going gets rocky.

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While Europeans have a 154-horsepower flat-four under the hood, the US market will receive the same 152-horsepower H4 as the US-spec 2017 Impreza. The base and Premium trims come standard with a six-speed manual, with a continuously variable transmission available as an option. On higher trims, the CVT becomes standard.

There are plenty of safety systems on offer. In Europe, the Crosstrek will receive EyeSight as standard, which includes adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking and lane-keep assist. Additional systems add blind spot monitoring and headlights that move their beams to follow the steering wheel. In the US, EyeSight will continue to be offered as an option on higher trims. The tire pressure monitor will display the pressure of each individual wheel now, as well, which helps when figuring out which tire is low.

The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek will debut officially at the New York International Auto Show next week.

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