The manufacturer unveiled its second-generation 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid at the 2017 Geneva auto show. The 2018 Crosstrek represents a complete update and has a whole new look.
This hybrid will be the second vehicle to move to Subaru’s new global platform (SGP), which increases the overall rigidity of the Crosstrek by 70 percent, resulting in diminished noise and enhanced agility. According to some rumors, the Subaru Crosstrek has the lowest 5-Year cost to own in its class. The current Crosstrek is already one of the safest cars on the road, and the redesigned 2018 model is even safer.
2018 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid – Identical to its predecessor
The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid is based on the new Impreza, adopting the increased torsional rigidity, an improved ride, better handling, even reduced noise, vibration, and harshness.
On the outside, its lower front bumper is full of the black plastic, and on some trims, a darker grille. The larger grille and sleeker LED headlights, give it also a more sophisticated look. The newly available LED Steering Responsive Headlights to enhance visibility. Its 18-inch alloy wheels feature an aggressive design in black and machine finish.
However, the side of the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid is identical to its predecessor, barring the new slightly higher window line and deeper creases in the character lines that run along the doors.
With 8.7 inches of ground clearance and more cladding around the wheels make it ideal for camping, adventure, handling a rough dirt road and winter weather, providing peace of mind on almost any road.
Interior and Tech
On the inside, are black or new high-contrast gray leather with orange stitching on seats, door armrests and instrument panel. The front seats are comfortable to cushion a wide range of bottoms and body types.
The cargo space has been increased for the 2018 model, and rear gate opening has been widened for easy loading. Available with 60/40-split fold-down rear seats, one can accommodate three in the back with both rear seatbacks up or fold a seat down for extra cargo space.
It features an 8 speaker Harman Kardon premium audio for a high-quality soundtrack. The all-new Crosstrek is also packed with technology having updated STARLINK Multimedia system, with Apple Carplay, Android and Pandora integration. It is also equipped with the all-new 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
Furthermore, the Subaru’s safety structure is excellent with offering the forward-facing camera system includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, and active lane control. However, this new body tops in class with a 40 percent improvement in crash energy absorption for increased occupant protection.
2018 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid – Engine Specs
Under the hood, the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid is sticking to its 2.0-liter flat-4 cylinder engine. This engine will produce 148 hp and 145 pound-feet of torque. The electric motor takes its power from a 100-volt, 13.5 kW nickel-metal hydride battery. However, the battery is located under a rear floor. The engine can be mated to a standard 6-speed manual or optionally available continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).
The CVT also helps wring out the engine’s potential. It can accelerate from 0-60 mph in around 11-12 seconds. The continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) helps it earn an estimated fuel efficiency of 27 mpg city, 33 highway and 29 combined.
The Subaru has added the Active Torque Vectoring system that stabs the brakes on inside wheels to help carve a tighter line through corners and its steering rack speeds up to a quicker 16:1 ratio compared to the 13:1 ratio in the last version. Subaru’s full-time symmetrical all-wheel-drive system will be standard.
Launch Date and Cost of the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid
Finally, the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid will be available with the dealers in the summer of 2018. The company has priced it quite well since it has added new features. The base model starts at a modest $26.000.
The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid offers great fuel efficiency, better refinement, good infotainment system and top class safety features. What more can you ask for?