The Japanese company is slowly preparing the new generation of its subcompact crossover. Subaru usually updates the model after five years. The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek is in the final year of the current generation, but we must take it with reserve since no big things were happening in 2020 because of the COVID-19 outburst. The 2021 YM brought a redesigned grille and front bumper. After the mild-facelift, the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek is coming with a new engine. Reportedly, the crossover and one more car will feature a 1.5-liter turbo engine. But, everything is still unofficial, although various sources confirmed this rumor.
So, the biggest question is, shall you go after the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek, or wait for the 2023 YM? The following update is going to carry more significant upgrades. Still, the 2022 model should be interesting if it launches a new engine. However, subcompact crossovers are not as popular as compact or mid-size SUVs. On the other hand, Subaru’s 4WD is legendary. Flat-four powertrains as well, and one of the best features on the current model is the SI-Drive.
New and Old Engines
A 2.0-liter flat-four engine is the main source of power. But, with rumors surrounding the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek, we might see changes in the lineup. However, experts are still divided speaking which drivetrain could be dropped for the next season. The entry-level version is delivering 152 hp and 145 lb-ft, which are excellent outputs for the subcompact class. The 4WD is standard and the power router is a six-speed manual transmission. Nevertheless, you will get a more efficient ride if you select an automatic gearbox (25 mpg compared to 30 mpg combined).
When buying a higher trim level, either Sport or Limited, you will get the Crosstrek with a larger 2.5-liter powerplant. Another Boxer engine is creating 172 hp and 176 pound-feet, through a CVT automatic system. Although larger, a 2.5-liter displacement is more efficient on highways than a 2.0-liter model (34 mpg). The position of the engine provides a lower center of gravitation, resulting in more precise handling, especially in corners.
The new member of the engine lineup might become a 1.5-liter turbo-four. Well, this should be also a flat-four unit, called Boxer. But, the surprise is in the turbocharged engine. We thought Subaru is leaving them with Forester XT dropped a couple of years ago. But, even a larger SUV could get the turbo engine back, if reports speaking of a 1.8-liter unit come true. Specifications of a new powerplant are still mysterious. It will be closer to 200 hp than a 2.5-liter model.
2022 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid
The highlight version of the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek lineup will definitely be a hybrid unit. The crossover gets combined power from a 2.0-liter gasoline unit and a couple of electric batteries. From a motor with internal combustion, the system counts on 137 hp and electric units are going to add 118 ponies. But, the combined output is 148 hp. The most important upgrade of the plug-in hybrid is the possibility to drive Crosstrek by using only electric power. This way, you can cover 18 miles before batteries run out.
2022 Subaru Crosstrek Sport, Limited, Premium Packages
The upcoming version of the crossover is going to keep the current trim level lineup. Well, the new addition might be the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek Turbo. But, it depends on a 1.5-liter engine and its appearance. Until this happens, the crossover is going to come with the base package that includes a manual gearbox and a smaller engine. Roof rails and 17-inch wheels are exterior highlights. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are part of the infotainment system, but Subaru is developing a new generation of multimedia services.
Premium edition adds fog lights and heated front seats. When buying two lower trims and combining them with a larger engine, there is an option to get X-Mode AWD, paddle shifters, and SI-Drive. The late one allows you to manage the drivetrain system. There are Sport and Intelligent modes that will enhance performance or fuel economy. These features are standard with the hybrid configuration. The Sport edition is available only with a 2.5 engine. Here, additional modes are set for the X-Mode system. Stylish details on the exterior will unveil the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek Sport at first sight. The Limited model packs the interior and exterior with the latest systems, such as blind-spot monitors, power driver’s seat, or unique seats with contrast stitching.
2022 Subaru Crosstrek Prices
The base cost of the subcompact crossover is around $23,000 with a destination charge. Automatic CVT adds $1,500. A 2.5-liter engine is coming with the Sport trim and this combo is good for $26,500. Limited edition is packed with advanced features and high-quality materials, which makes the price start at $28,000. The most expensive configuration includes a hybrid unit. If you want 35 mpg combined, you will have to spend $35k. Symbolically.