Compared to last year, prices for each respective trim has been bumped up by a few hundred dollars.
The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek is only a few weeks away from landing in Canadian dealerships, and when it does arrive, consumers will find a redesigned model that not only looks different inside and out, but is built around the automaker's new platform. It's also more affordable thanks to a new entry-level trim.
The new Crosstrek Convenience is available with either a six-speed manual transmission, or a continuously variable auto, with an MSRP of $23,695 and $24,995, respectively. Three other trims are available (Touring, Sport, and Limited) ranging in price from $25,295 to $33,195. Compared to last year, prices for each respective trim has been bumped up by a few hundred dollars.
It may be the lowest-priced Crosstrek, but the Convenience trim isn't exactly wanting for features. Among other things, it comes standard with cruise control, air conditioning, power windows with auto up/down on both driver and passenger sides, Apple Carplay and Android Auto functionality, 17-inch wheels, and roofline spoiler with integrated brake lamp.
Just like the Forester, the Technology Package from last year has been changed to the EyeSight Package, focusing on the latest version of Subaru's safety software and hardware. The EyeSight Package is available on the Sport and Limited trims, so be warned—you'll be paying over $30,000 at least if you want your Crosstrek equipped with the safety tech.
As for the aforementioned Subaru Global Platform, the company says it will "significantly improving straight-line stability, agility, and ride comfort while also reducing noise, vibration, and harshness." We're talking body structure rigidity that's been increased by 70 percent. A lower centre of gravity and revised suspension makes it sound like this will be a fun crossover to toss around.
Visually, the 2018 Crosstrek exterior gets updated with what Subaru calls a "more sculpted body," complete with prominent wheel arches and lower rocker panels. Wheelbase has been increased by 30 millimetres, and Subaru says that despite slight increases in exterior dimensions, there is "substantially more room in the cabin."
Powering all 2018 Crosstrek's is a new 2.0-litre Boxer engine. Horsepower and torque sit at 152 and 148, respectively, which is up slightly from 148/145 in last year's model. All trims except for the Limited come standard with a new six-speed manual, though a CVT is optional.
The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek will go on sale in July.