2023 Subaru Crosstrek discontinued for Australia, replacing XV

Subaru Australia will drop the two-generation-old XV nameplate, with its next-generation small SUV sporting the Crosstrek badge when it gets here “soon”.

We don’t yet have exact timing on when the Subaru Crosstrek can be expected in Australian showrooms, although the company says it will release more information “in the coming months.”

The new Subaru Crosstrek, unveiled on September 15, once again presents itself as a compact SUV that strays a little further from the tarmac than most of its competitors.

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“We are pleased to confirm that the next generation XV will be coming to Australia soon and will carry the Crosstrek nameplate,” said Subaru Australia CEO Blair Read.

“The new name embodies what the Crosstrek does and is, a small four-wheel drive crossover SUV capable of trekking almost anywhere, whether it’s urban or on outdoor adventures, with absolute confidence and joy.”

The new Crosstrek is based on the latest Subaru Global Platform and offers purported improvements in cabin strength, overall refinement and ride comfort.

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Powertrain options include a signature 2.0-liter boxer flat-four mated to a manual eight-ratio CVT, as well as an e-boxer hybrid option. Because Subaru is Subaru, all Crosstreks will be all-wheel drive (AWD) – in a market segment dominated by front-wheel drive competitors.

The interior will feature a new 11.6-inch infotainment touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a wireless phone charger.

Subaru also says it recalibrated the cabin layout “in collaboration with medical schools” and studied the structure and movement of a human body to deliver “sound ergonomics and an intuitive connection between driver, vehicle and road.”

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Safety features include the latest-generation EyeSight driver assistance and monitoring systems and nine airbags.

Upon arrival, likely sometime in 2023, the Subaru Crosstrek will compete against the newly launched Toyota Corolla Cross and soon-to-be-updated Kia Seltos, as well as the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, Mazda CX-30, and a laundry list of other competitors.

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What we already knew

The e-Boxer hybrid powertrain appears to be a version of the brand’s existing 2.0-litre e-Boxer, combining a 110 kW and 196 Nm petrol engine with a 12.3 kW and 66 Nm electric motor, connected to a lithium-ion battery.

The new Crosstrek’s outputs have not been confirmed, but Subaru says “improvements to reduce vibration and noise in the engine and Lineartronic CVT have also been made.”

Measuring 4480mm (-5mm) long, 1800mm wide (unchanged) and 1580mm (-35mm) high with a wheelbase of 2670mm (+5mm), the new car is smaller on the outside than the Predecessor XV – although its longer wheelbase should help free up more interior space.

The latest version of Subaru’s EyeSight security system gets a wide-angle mono camera to complement the color stereo cameras. According to Subaru, its stereo camera has a wider field of view than before, and its software has been updated to better recognize objects around it.

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