2018 Subaru Crosstrek Crossover Debuts In Geneva; Hybrid In The Works

Subaru released a murky, dark teaser image of the 2017 Crosstrek crossover SUV it will reveal at the Geneva Motor Show on Mar. 17.

Called XV outside the U.S., the 2018 Crosstrek will continue to be a jacked up Impreza five-door hatchback, It will have slightly different styling powered by the familiar 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine, and the company’s trademark Symmetrical all-wheel drive system.

Speaking with Britain’s Auto Express at last year’s Geneva show, Subaru’s UK Marketing Director Chris Hawken said the boxer engine will always be a part of the Subaru line-up. And, he said, the next XV (Crosstrek) “will have electrification in the range” when it’s launched this year.

A conventional hybrid was offered on the current Crosstrek, but was dropped for the 2017 model-year due to poor sales.

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The new Crosstrek hybrid system, perhaps borrowed from partner Toyota, is expected to have better fuel economy numbers than the previous hybrid, and rumors have it that a plug-in hybrid model could arrive by 2019.

Visually, the image suggests a more rugged appearance than the outgoing model, including new bumpers and modified wheel arches. The new SUV will continue with a roof rack and body cladding.

The 2018 edition will likely offer Subaru’s latest Starlink infotainment and EyeSight advanced driver assistance system, which includes active cruise control, pre-collision warning and lane departure warning.

If you can’t make it to Geneva in March, the 2018 Crosstrek will make its first U.S. appearance at the New York Auto Show in April, with sales beginning this fall.

Auto Express