GENEVA -- The Crosstrek, Subaru’s No. 3 seller in the U.S., will be replaced in August with a version that rides on a new, stiffer global platform.
Subaru showed the second-generation subcompact crossover for the first time Tuesday at the Geneva auto show. The Crosstrek’s new platform has a lower center of gravity, which improves handling, and a body and chassis that are 70 percent more rigid than the outgoing version’s. Increased rigidity helps reduce body flex or bending when a vehicle is driven over rough terrain. It also helps a vehicle corner better at high speeds.
One engine is planned for the U.S., a 2.0-liter flat-four cylinder that uses direct fuel injection. That engine will be combined with a continuously variable transmission that has a manual mode function and can be shifted with paddles behind the steering wheel. A manual transmission will also be available, Subaru spokesman Dominick Infante said.
Improving safety by helping the vehicle avoid crashes and by better protecting occupants after a crash were key design goals of the new Crosstrek, said Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, CEO of Fuji Heavy Industries, the Japanese company that makes Subaru vehicles.
The Crosstrek will come standard with Subaru’s EyeSight safety system in Europe, which includes pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist. It will be optional in the U.S.