Compact crossovers are a very popular segment these days, and Subaru is looking for even bigger success from its latest model.

Subaru follows the international launch of the second-generation Crosstrek at last month’s the Geneva Motor Show by now unveiling the compact crossover for the North American market ahead of a premiere at the upcoming New York Auto Show. They arrive at Subaru showrooms in the United States and Canada this summer, and pricing should be available closer to that time.

The new Crosstrek is the brand’s second model riding on the company's modular Subaru Global Platform. The wheelbase grows 1.2 inches (30 millimetres) over the previous generation to 104.9 inches (2,664 mm) overall. Overall length increases only 0.6 inches (15 mm). Subie also gives the compact crossover 8.7-inches (221 mm) of ground clearance.

2018 Subaru Crosstrek
2018 Subaru Crosstrek

Like its platform-mate the Impreza, the latest model takes on a sharper overall appearance. The addition of black cladding along the sides, wheel arches, and rocker panels provides a more rugged appearance.

All trims of the 2018 Crosstrek use an upgraded version of Subaru’s FB 2.0-litre flat four-cylinder engine that now produces 152 horsepower, versus 148 hp previously. As with practically the entire Subaru range, the Crosstrek comes standard with torque vectoring all-wheel drive. A six-speed manual is standard, but most buyers would probably opt for the continuously variable transmission, which now comes with the company’s off-road-oriented X-Mode. When active on slippery surfaces, it dulls throttle response, forces the transmission into a lower gear ratio, and allows even less slip from the wheels.

2018 Subaru Crosstrek
2018 Subaru Crosstrek

Depending on trim (which haven't been announced yet in Canada), the 2018 Crosstrek includes features such as a 6.5-inch or eight-inch infotainment system, including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, heated front seats, windshield, and exterior mirrors, steering-responsive LED running lights, chrome exterior trim, and leather upholstery.

In Canada, 9,723 Crosstreks were sold in 2016, up from 8,422 the year before. The compact crossover was the firm’s fourth-bestseller in Canada behind Outback, Impreza, and Forester.

Source: Subaru

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