Subaru makes great cars. While they aren’t the epitome of speed or acceleration or sexy names, they’re safe, reliable, have a great cult following and offer some great options for pretty much anyone. The WRX is a great sport sedan with the STi being one of the most followed cars ever. Truly one of the greats. The Impreza is a fantastic mid-level entry and the Legacy is safe, large and has its own visual appeal.

But today, we’re taking a look at the new 2017 Subaru XV Crosstrek concept. The Crosstrek hasn’t been redesigned since 2013, but it seems as though this versatile off-roader is getting some major plastic surgery.

Here we have the new 2017 Subaru XV Crosstrek. Mind you, this is a concept but it is very promising. As for right now, the Crosstrek is one of Subaru’s most popular vehicles, and Subaru did as many manufactures do when they have an aging model to help boost sales: Special Editions! The Crosstrek’s special edition only came in two colors. Black or red for the exterior as well as a number of goodies on the inside and a starting price of $26,670.

The out-going Crosstrek started with an MSRP of $22,570 making it incredibly reasonable for what you got. Five-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, touchscreen display, bluetooth connectivity and a 2.0L flat-four engine producing a modest 148 HP. But now the XV Crosstrek is getting some work done, so let’s see what it’s all about.

The Exterior:

The new XV Crosstrek looks like fun. It looks like a loyal dog that just wants to play fetch, and that is very fitting for the XV Crosstrek’s personality. The styling is very refreshing and while it doesn’t look as rugged and ready for a random trip through some mud as the the old Crosstrek did, it maintains an eager face and plastic trim around the wheel wells that help the new redesigned Crosstrek look just as capable as the 2013-2016 model.

We do hope that the new XV Crosstrek’s design on the concept translates well into the production model, because there is definitely a strong case for the small crossover. We won’t see crazy tires like on the concept as usual, but everything else about this car looks very promising. I do also hope that with all these modern upgrades and styling that the price point stays about the same when it comes out. The Crosstrek has been known for being a very capable yet incredibly affordable crossover that almost seems to be in class on its own, even from solely a design standpoint. If this new XV Crosstrek can deliver and maintain what made the Crosstrek great while looking as it does here, great things will happen. This is the car version of a golden retriever.

The Interior:

This is very, very ambitious. While this rendering is without a doubt awesome, one feature that stands out to me is the flat top/bottom on the steering wheel. The interior you see above is the concept for the real interior we should see soon. The real thing unfortunately won’t look like a dulled-down fighter jet like what we see here, but I do anticipate something fun. Something that will compliment the character of the Crosstrek.

We can expect the upcoming XV Crosstrek to seat five adults comfortably as the current version does, with plenty of cargo space in the back for your tent and other outdoorsy stuff for wherever you take your four-wheeled golden retriever.

The Performance:

It is likely to see the same 2.0L flat-four return for the new XV, making the 2016 vs. 2017 models a bit more of the same car. We could also see a bit of a horsepower increase to around 160 HP for the base engine along with 150 Lb-Ft of torque. While the figures aren’t astronomical, the current Crosstrek handles itself quite nicely. I do hope that the next Crosstrek does have a bit more to offer in terms of performance, because the platform is fantastic and could be really made into an incredible off-road performer. While I do love big power, the Crosstrek doesn’t need a huge boost. If you’re reading this Subaru, just put 210 HP in there. That’s all we need. The hybrid option should come back as well, and I think it was a fantastic decision to offer the base Crosstrek with all-wheel-drive as standard equipment. Whoever made that decision deserves some sort of raise.

The Specs:

Vehicle Type: Crossover
Powertrain: 2.0L Flat-Four (Est.)
Gearbox: 6-speed man. , 6 speed auto (est.)
Power: 160 HP (est.)
MPG: 34 Highway, 26 City
Torque: 150 Lb-Ft. (est.)
Length: 177.9 Inches (4.51 Meters)
Width: 75.9 Inches (1.92 Meters)
Height: 61.8 Inches (1.57 Meters)
Top Speed: 150 MPH (241.4 KPH) EST.
Seating: 4-7
Wheelbase: 105.1 Inches (2.66 Meters)
0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH): 10.3 Sec.
Base Price: $24,000-$30,000 EST.


Sum It Up:

Subaru’s current Crosstrek has been a surprise success, and rightfully so. The crossover offers and positions itself unlike any in its class which makes it very recognizable and strong as a staple for Subaru. We might not see this new car until 2018, but we have a lot of good material here to make some accurate assumptions. The upcoming XV Crosstrek has a lot that it’s promising. This could be a good or bad thing, but if we learned anything from the outgoing generation of the Crosstrek, the new one should be good…Okay one more dog joke: It should be a good little boy. For more information coming straight from the Subaru dealers check this link.




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