Although we are still waiting to hear an official confirmation, many unofficial reports are suggesting some pretty interesting novelties from the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek. The small crossover has been redesigned relatively recently and it is definitely one of the best models in the class you can find around. Standard all-wheel-drive, upscale interior and good fuel economy are some of its strongest point. On the other side, hardcore fans of this brand definitely expect to see something more powerful.
According to the latest reports, we should see a turbo option in the next year. However, there is still no official confirmation, as we already mentioned. Other than a new performance version, we don’t expect to see too many changes in the upcoming model. A couple of tweaks in terms of features are possible, but the rest of the crossover will remain the same. Therefore, the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek release date should be scheduled for the end of the year.
2020 Subaru Crosstrek XTI
When it comes to 2020 Subaru Crosstrek changes, the biggest novelty we could see for the next year is a new engine option. The current version comes in two variants and both lack in power. Therefore, a turbo option is a must for an average Subaru lover. So, it’s no wonder that we can find a lot of reports about the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek XTI. While some reports talk about the possibility to see a famous 2.5-liter unit with over 300 horsepower, we believe that a new 2.4-liter turbo-four has much bigger chances in this case. It debuted in the new Ascent and it is pretty efficient.
A max output goes around 260 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, which is more than enough to make the Crosstrek a real performance crossover. Besides a new engine, we would also see a new suspension and other chassis upgrades, as well as a full load of new visual details.
Rest of the engine lineup remains the same
The rest of the engine lineup is about to remain the same. The base model will continue with a 2.0-liter Boxer engine, which delivers 152 horsepower. It won’t provide you with any spectacular dynamics, but the fuel economy is pretty impressive. You can count on about 27 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. Keep in mind that we are talking about an all-wheel-drive vehicle.
For those who are searching for even better fuel economy, a plug-in hybrid version of this crossover might be a great choice. The system features 148 horsepower and 17 miles of all-electric range. When it comes to fuel economy, you can count on about 90 mpg-e. These are great numbers, but there are rivals that are even more impressive. For example, Kia Niro is good for about 105 mpg-e, while the all-electric range goes around 25 miles.
Are there any other changes to come?
Other than a possible new engine, we don’t expect to see too many changes for the next year. New 2020 Subaru Crosstrek colors seem possible, as well as a couple of more standard features in each trim level. The rest of the crossover is about to remain the same. We are about to see a familiar design, as well as a similar list of standard equipment. In practice, this means that base models will come with essential tech features like 6.5-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a USB port, Bluetooth etc. In higher trims, you’ll be able to get upgrades in terms of an 8-inch touchscreen, moonroof, an eight-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, satellite radio, two additional USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, navigation etc.
When it comes to safety, we expect that the base model will come with a little bit more than just a rearview camera. Some of the potential candidates are things like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane departure and sway warning, lane keep assist, automatic high beams etc.
On the inside, things are about to remain the same. This crossover features one of the nicest cabins in the class, thanks to attractive dashboard design and lots of quality materials. Also, the amount of space is pretty decent, considering the vehicle’s size. Still, many reviewers said that seats could feature a little bit more support. The second row offers plenty of leg and headroom, with enough space to accommodate three adult passengers. When it comes to the cargo area, you can count on 21 cubic feet behind the rear seats, while the overall cargo space goes up to 55 mpg. A few rivals can match these numbers.
2020 Subaru Crosstrek Release Date and Price
When it comes to 2020 Subaru Crosstrek availability, we expect that the new model will hit the market late in the year. The current model starts at around 22.000 dollars and we don’t expect bigger changes in the future.