The boxer engine, as well as symmetrical all-wheel drive, are hallmarks of virtually every Subaru vehicle in Canada.
Montreal, QC – There's a reason Canadians love their Subarus - something about their go-anywhere, do-anything attitude appeals to the adventurer in us, and they scream to be taken out after every heavy snowfall. This isn't lost on Subaru Canada, which is why the Crosstrek Concept has made its North American debut at the 2017 Montreal auto show today.
The automaker says the Crosstrek Concept places an emphasis on the Subaru Global Platform, which the company believes will bring it "new levels of world-class safety."
The concept, which was first introduced at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, has a wide and low stance, with "hawkeye" headlights that Subaru says echo "a Boxer engine motif." The Boxer engine, as well as symmetrical all-wheel drive, are hallmarks of virtually every Subaru vehicle in Canada.
Subaru seems to be highlighting the Crosstrek Concept's sportiness, though we're certain it will have its share of ruggedness if and when it makes it to production - the powerful shoulders and black cladding are clears signs of that. We're guessing this is an introduction to the next-generation Crosstrek five-seat crossover, which we expect to launch for the 2018 model year.
As for why Montreal was the venue for the concept's North American introduction, a spokesperson for Subaru tells Motor1 Canada "This was our first Canadian auto show with the Impreza, and we felt that the Crosstrek Concept that will share its same new platform was a great tie in, especially for the Quebec market."
He adds that "the aggressive design language in the concept will definitely be the way Subaru goes when the production Crosstrek version comes out."
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