Thursday, 01 June 2023 11:55

Subaru unveils the Crosstrek

Written by  Mark Daniel
Subaru Crosstrek arrives at dealers next month. Subaru Crosstrek arrives at dealers next month.

Subaru's XV has evolved, with the popular, AWD compact SUV reimagined and re-christened as the Crosstrek.

A compact yet capable SUV, the Crosstrek features the latest infotainment technologies and intuitive safety systems, a compact body with a rugged, sporty look and a bolder exterior than its predecessor. Arriving at dealers in early June, customers will be offered the choice of three models, including two hybrid variants.

The Crosstrek Premium petrol variant will be powered by a direct injection 2.0-litre boxer engine, mated to a CVT with 8-speed paddle shift manual mode. The two hybrid variants include a premium specification model and feature the Subaru e-Boxer lineartronic transmission with 7-speed manual mode.

The vehicle features 220mm of ground clearance, said to separate it from most of its ‘pretender’ SUV competitors. The vehicle cockpit has received an array of enhancements to increase user-friendliness, including, for the first time in a Subaru vehicle, wireless smartphone Qi charging.

The Crosstrek also debuts the Digital Multi- View Monitor, essentially a bird’s eye view camera, taking from four separate cameras to create a 360-degree, 3D top-down view, improving visibility on all sides of the vehicle. All models will feature smart key and push-start ignition, LED headlights (dusk-sensing), roof rails, power-folding door mirrors and 11.6-inch infotainment touch screen.

On the safety front is the latest generation EyeSight crash avoidance technology, with improved camera system, to enable the recognition of motorcycles and pedestrians at an even wider angle when travelling at low speeds.

It adds Speed Sign Recognition, a lane centring function, and a wider field of view. Also, the addition of a Driver Monitoring System offers another layer of safety, as well as convenience, to help reduce the chance of accidents.

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