Subaru Crosstrek adds a bigger engine and new trim level for 2021
There’s also a redesigned front end and new driver-assist technologies
Subaru is adding some extra oompf to its Crosstrek for 2021, which will offer a new 2.5L four-cylinder in an equally-new “Outdoor” trim level for Canadians, as well as in the Limited trim.
The new engine will be available alongside the 2.0L four-cylinder that’s currently the only choice in the Crosstrek. While the 2.0L makes 152 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque, the 2.5L churns out 182 horses and 176 lb-ft.
Both engines are Subaru’s trademark horizontally-opposed configuration, and all Crosstrek trim levels include full-time all-wheel-drive.
The 2021 Crosstrek also gets a new grille and wheel design, and the EyeSight package of driver-assist safety technologies, standard on all models equipped with a CVT, adds lane-centering assist to its adaptive cruise control. A heated steering wheel becomes standard on the Touring and Sport trim levels.
All Crosstrek models feature a driver-selectable X-Mode for slippery or off-road conditions, but the new Outdoor uses a dual-function X-Mode system with settings for snow/dirt, and for deep snow/mud. The new trim level also includes a new front-view camera for parking or entering blind intersections; unique 17-inch wheels; exterior accents in gun metal colouring; all-weather upholstery with yellow stitching; and optional Plasma Yellow Pearl paint.
Pricing for the 2021 Crosstrek will be announced at a later date.
The new engine was announced to U.S. buyers on what would have been the first press day of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and where the new Crosstrek would have been driven out on stage. The show was always held in January, but after the 2019 event, it was permanently switched to June, starting in 2020 — and was then cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Subaru Canada also currently offers a plug-in hybrid version of the Crosstrek, but right now it’s only sold in Quebec.
Driving.Ca – Jil Mcintosh