2023 Subaru Crosstrek revealed: XV name is dead with next-gen, Australian plans unclear

The Subaru XV name is no more. The new model will wear the Crosstrek badge around the world, with a new look, more technology and hybrid power.

The Next Generation Subaru XV has been revealed – but it will have a new name once across the world: the Subaru Crosstrek 2023.

The XV has been badged Crosstrek in the US since the first generation launched in 2012 – but for the third generation Subaru is taking the global name, replacing the XV name in all markets, including Australia.

Australian details are yet to be confirmed, with the company saying in a statement: “Subaru Corporation’s latest global reveal is very exciting! Details for the Australian market will be available soon.”

But with the Crosstrek set to replace the older XV in Japan, an Australian launch looks very likely, after Japanese deliveries begin next year. The current XV costs $33,190 plus road charges in Australia.

The new Crosstrek will also feature a preview of what to expect from the next-generation Subaru Impreza hatchback and sedan, which Japanese reports say will be revealed before the end of the year.

The new small SUV is based on the same Subaru Global Platform (SGP) as the current model, although it comes dressed in a new body with smoother surfaces and sharper LED lights.

The body cladding – with vents behind the front wheels – is reminiscent of the new WRX, while buyers in Japan can choose between 17-inch and 18-inch alloy wheels and nine exterior colors, including Offshore Blue Metallic and Oasis Blue.

Inside, the XV benefits from the same 11.6-inch center touchscreen inside the WRX and Outback, oriented in portrait mode with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite navigation and controls. digital air conditioning.

The 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster of the Japanese-market Levorg wagons (or WRX Sportswagon in Australia) and WRX sedans is not fitted to the new Crosstrek, but instead features a set of analog dials with a small display between the two.

Cloth or leather is used to trim the seats – with silver stitching on some models – while other highlights include an electric parking brake, what appears to be a wireless phone charger and a 360-degree camera with a 3D view

The rear seats fold in a 60/40 ratio, and the trunk and door sill plates feature a mountain-inspired texture designed to keep feet and objects from slipping.

The only engine option in Japan will be a report of the ‘e-Boxer’ hybrid systemwith a non-turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder and an electric motor.

The releases are not yet revealed. The outgoing XV produced 110kW/196Nm from its engine and 12.3kW from its engine – with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) sending power to all four wheels.

It’s unclear whether reports of a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine – intended to replace the aging non-turbocharged 2.0-litre unit in today’s car – appeared in Japanese media. before launch will materialize.

The new Crosstrek is 4480mm long, 1800mm wide and 1580mm tall, on a 2670mm wheelbase – 15mm longer overall, no wider, 30mm taller and 5mm longer in wheelbase than the outgoing model.

There’s 200mm of quoted ground clearance – 20mm less than the current model in Australia – while the car weighs 1540kg to 1620kg, depending on variant. Independent front and rear suspension.

A full suite of advanced safety aids are available, including autonomous emergency braking with intersection assist, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and more.

The Crosstrek’s safety systems incorporate a new stereo camera unit with a wider viewing angle and a wide-angle mono camera – a first for a Japanese-market Subaru model – allowing better recognition of pedestrians and motorcycles at even greater angles. wider.

The car’s chassis has been upgraded to be stiffer for a sharper driving experience – with a “full inner frame” construction said to reduce vibration and body flex – while there are new adhesives and new seat base designs to reduce noise and vibration.

The 2023 Subaru Crosstrek is expected to hit Japanese showrooms next year. Australian availability has yet to be announced.

Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he launched his own website, Redline. He contributed to Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist on the press team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, whether it’s about flipping through car magazines at a young age or growing up around performance. vehicles in a car-loving family.

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