2018 Subaru XV Crosstrek Next Generation Release
Subaru has recently revealed its plans to replace the current XV Crosstrek with a completely redesigned model sometime in 2017. Namely, the Viziv Future concept shown at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show previews the brand-new 2018 Subaru XV Crosstrek. Not only that, this concept actually announces the company’s future SUV design philosophy. Presented in the form of a compact SUV, the third iteration of the Viziv concept comes replete with technologies intended to be used in Subaru’s upcoming models.
Moreover, several spy shots of a test mule reveal that the all-new XV Crosstrek is currently in the early stages of development. According to the photos, the prototype appears to be longer and wider than its predecessor. It also seems to adopt a new front fascia, reminiscent of the one seen on the redesigned WRX. It’s still too early for any detailed analysis but it’s very likely that the 2018 XV Crosstrek is going to be built on the Subaru Global Platform. The same modular architecture will be used by the new Subaru Impreza.
The 2018 Subaru XV Crosstrek will host an enhanced version of the brand’s EyeSight electronic driver assist system. Its function is to enable autonomous driving on highways or while parking. The brand new feature of this system comes with all-direction radar sensing that monitors all the traffic around the vehicle. It also uses highly-accurate GPS and map data to establish the vehicle’s location with high precision. The upcoming XV Crosstrek will be offered with an interior camera that monitors the driver, as well as with advanced connectivity features and the latest information system.
2018 Subaru XV Crosstrek Plug-in Hybrid
One of the most notable innovations expected from the 2018 Subaru XV Crosstrek is a plug-in hybrid version. The all-new gas-electric system will combine a downsized turbocharged unit with an electric motor to power all four wheels. While the conventional engine sends its power to the front wheels, the electric motor propels the rear axle. As a result, the new XV Crosstrek will come with a flat floor due to a lack of the driveshaft. As far as the conventional engine range is concerned, official statements have yet to be released.
We expect the 2018 Subaru XV Crosstrek to go on sale in the second half of 2017.