New Crosstrek replaces Subaru’s XV

Subaru Southern Africa will be introducing the new Crosstrek locally, replacing the XV as the manufacture’s offering in the compact crossover segment beneath the bigger Forester and flagship Outback.

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What’s new?

The underpinnings are basically the same as in the XV, with a revised platform, re-engineered suspension, the same drive train and all the new tech similar to that found in the bigger Subaru SUVs.


With looks that resemble that of the Outlook, the new Crosstrek boasts a new hexagonal 3D grille, flanked by sharper headlight clusters and bulging wheel arches.

Compared to the outgoing model, the Crosstrek features larger wheel arch cladding and rocker panels all around the vehicle. From the rear, the contours of the C-shaped taillight clusters are more pronounced.


The Crosstrek carries forward Subaru’s latest interior design and operation architecture previously seen on the new Subaru Outback and Subaru WRX models in South Africa.

Crosstrek features the latest driver’s multi-function display and steering wheel as well as a new 11.6-inch central display. The flagship Crosstrek iS features the portrait layout larger HD display with the latest Subaru infotainment architecture.

The infotainment system also operates the vehicle settings such as EyeSight Driver Assistance features and X-Mode settings to name a few.

The iS is fitted with Subaru leather seats with 8-way adjustable power operation, and the base iL is fitted with fabric seats.

Both models in the Crosstrek range feature remote keyless access, dual zone climate control, a new tyre pressure monitoring system and steering responsive LED headlights with Auto High Beam function.

New tech:

The innovative Driver Monitoring System from its bigger stable mates is also included in the new Crosstrek.

It uses an infra-red LED and a camera to assist with keeping an eye on driver fatigue, drowsiness or a lack of focus. The second function is to use facial recognition software to store and configure up to five individual driver profiles.

The Crosstrek is fitted with the latest and fastest version of the EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology. EyeSight® operates like another set of eyes on the road, highlighted by a stereo camera set-up with a forward wide view ahead of the vehicle. The system features Pre-Collision Braking for emergencies, Lane Departure Prevention, Lane Centering and Emergency Lane Keep Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with traffic crawling ability, traffic sign recognition and intelligent speed limiter.

Drive train:

Powering the Crosstrek is a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled BOXER® engine that produces 115 kW and 196 Nm torque. This engine is coupled to a quieter, more efficient Lineartronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) through eight pre-set ratios.

Subaru’s Driver-selectable X-MODE off-road management system is available on both Crosstrek variants. The system settings are selectable from the new infotainment screen and pre-configured modes for SNOW/DIRT; DEEP SNOW and MUD assist when surfaces are slippery or particularly steep, managing the amount of torque, braking and wheel spin at each wheel.


Crosstrek iL (R579 000) and the flagship Crosstrek iS (R669 000).

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