Subaru Crosstrek CUV rolls out new second generation issues

2018, Subaru, Crosstrek

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Twinkling under bright spotlights at the Subaru exhibit in the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center at the 2017 New York International Auto Show, the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek -- rugged 5-door crossover utility vehicle with all-wheel-drive traction -- showcases the fresh sculptural body styling for Generation 2.0.

Subaru's new global platform serves as a foundation for the revamped, reworked and restyled 2018 Crosstrek trimming in Base, Premium, and Limited iterations. The rigid and tight platform, drawn in wide-track stance with wheels floating independently at the corners, sets up a nimble package of compact dimensions rigged with all the right stuff to allow the Crosstrek to romp on the pavement and off.

Crosstrek's platform merges chassis and framework with high-strength cross sections and stiffened joints between structures to improve straight-line vehicle stability, cornering agility and rider comfort while also quelling NVH (noise, vibration, harshness). Subaru estimates the new platform increases the rigidity of Crosstrek's unitized structure by more than 70 percent.

A lower center of gravity and improved suspension contribute to Crosstrek's performance evolution as the double-wishbone independent rear suspension attaches the rear stabilizer bar directly to the car body, which dramatically reduces body roll.

The steering system, through a rack and pinion arrangement, employs electric power assistance tuned for quick responses and a solid on-center feel from the wheel.

The 4-wheel disc brakes tied to an anti-lock brake system (ABS) with electronic brake distribution (EBD) and electronic brake assist (EBA) plus a stability system under Subaru's label of Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) with a 4-wheel traction control system (TCS). Active Torque Vectoring (ATV), a feature on the multi-mode VDC stability and traction control system which is now standard on all trim variations, can apply brake pressure to the inside front wheel to facilitate more neutral cornering.

Crosstrek 2018 editions have a wheelbase length measuring to 104.9 inches, which is a 1.2-inch increase over the previous generation Crosstrek. The package size also increases -- overall length extends to 0.6 inches longer than first-generation issues, and body width grows by 0.9 inches which adds more volume to Crosstrek's 5-seat passenger compartment.

Exterior styling for 2018 Crosstrek issues appears sleek yet clean and sculptural. The prow carries new elongated hawk-eye headlamp clusters flanking Subaru's signature hexagonal grille. The flanks featured prominent wheel arches and contrasted black cladding on wheel arches, lower rocker panels, and roof rails.

All 2018 Crosstrek editions feel frisky, thanks to a unique little Subaru engine that produces surprising muscle and torque from relatively modest displacement. The plant displaces 2.0 liters and has four cylinders opposed horizontally and set perpendicular to the driveline, then linked with equal-length drive shafts, so pairs of cylinders act like boxers jabbing at one another in counterbalanced movements that negate the typical inline-4 engine's jar-your-teeth vibrations. The 2.0-liter Boxer-4 engine with direct fuel injection and electronic throttle control produces 152 hp.

All of the engine's power channels through either a tight-shifting manual 6-speed stick with ISA (incline start assist) or Subaru's Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) with a 7-speed manual shift mode and paddle shifters at hand on the steering wheel for Highline trims.

The 2018 Crosstrek also gains new driver-assist technologies, including Reverse Automatic Braking which can apply the vehicle's brakes if an obstacle is detected while reversing. Further, another safety option -- EyeSight Driver Assist Technology -- brings coordination of Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking, Vehicle Lane Departure Warning and Sway Warning, plus a Lane Keep Assist function.

Crosstrek 2.0i base edition provides standard features like 17-inch machine finish alloy wheels, integrated roof rails. A tilting/telescoping steering wheel with audio and Bluetooth control switches. Power controls for windows and locks and mirrors. A multi-function display with fuel economy information, a 6.5-inch multimedia touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. 60/40-split fold-down rear seat, outside temperature gauge. Carpeted floor mats and a security system with engine immobilizer.

We estimate the MSRP figures for 2018 Subaru Crosstrek models range from about $23,000 to $27,000.

By Bob Plunkett

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