The biggest change on the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek will be the new turbo engine. It will complete the lineup, which already offers petrol and hybrid drivetrains. The performance-oriented model with an enhanced Boxer engine is one of the best things you can find in the market. But, it seems like the Japanese company is not using this situation so often. Well, other minor changes will also refresh the crossover. New colors and trim levels are the first choices. You can read about the Crosstrek Sport model. A 2.5-liter engine is a novelty for the squad.
Crosstrek belongs to the compact segment, the smallest one we will see from this manufacturer. If you are looking for more space and power, then Forester or Ascent could be a better choice. Also, the competition is very tough, so that is why the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is coming updated a bit. Five trim levels will improve chances in the lineup. Sport is the freshest one, and we can see the Hybrid is one of the most interesting. Still, it needs an upgrade, since there are more rivals with 40 mpg combined.
New Model – 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport (with Turbo Engine)
Subaru is going to spice things up with the new model. The Sport trim level will be one of the range-topping versions, right behind the Limited edition. The biggest addition is the 2.5-liter engine, available only for these two badges. It will offer extra power for these fans who don’t find a 2.0-liter unit powerful enough. A new powerplant is turbocharged. It is already available for some other vehicles by the Japanese carmaker. However, the compact crossover is not getting 310 ponies like the WRX STI car. Instead, engineers downgraded the flat-four mill to 182 hp and 175 lb-ft. this is definitely a better choice for the small SUV since the amount of energy coming from a 2.0 displacement is more suitable for the subcompact class.
The carmaker will also revisit the exterior and interior of the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek turbo model. The cabin is going to be sportier with more elements than the Premium version. One of the trim levels on the Forester SUV wears Sport badge, so we can compare accessories with the upcoming Crosstrek. Large wheels and fog lights are the highlights of the exterior. The package also adds body-color side mirrors and a panoramic moonroof. Inside, you will get a power driver seat with a 10-way adjustable system. Special cloth with unique orange stitching is making the interior more elegant and aggressive.
2021 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid
The base engine for the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek remains a 2.0-liter flat-four unit with 152 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque. As said, this is a weak output for the compact crossover segment, where most rivals are offering 170-190 ponies. Manual transmission is an interesting offer, but the fuel economy will definitely make you go after an automatic gearbox. You will gain 5 more miles per every gallon. Of course, an AWD is standard for all Subaru crossovers.
With automatic transmission, the engine is capable to return 30 mpg combined. If you turn it into a plug-in hybrid, the system will award you with 5 more miles. Furthermore, the lithium-ion battery can serve as the power source and the electric range of the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid is 20 miles. More than enough to reach the station if you are running low on gas. Still, the petrol engine in this configuration makes even less power – only 137 hp, but the electric motor is pushing it to 150 ponies from the entire PHEV system.
Trim Levels and Accessories
The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Turbo (Sport) is definitely building up the squad. However, besides the new engine, we don’t know precisely what features it brings, as well if there will be any cosmetic touch on the exterior. Probably yes, something like a new bumper or exhaust tips. Meanwhile, the Japanese carmaker will keep the existing lineup.
The base version is using 17-inch wheels. Inside, it is compatible with mobile devices using both Android and IOS. Automatic climate control is standard. The Premium trim adds fog lights and automatic headlights. Leather is wrapping the steering wheel and shift knob. If you pick the automatic transmission, further upgrades are the X-Mode package and rear-seat belt reminders.
The top of the class version is Limited. This one will offer the most advanced features, which are unavailable on other trim levels. Leather upholstery and power driver seat are certain. Designers will revisit wheels to refresh the offer. However, the diameter won’t start under 18 inches. LED lights are standard and a 2.5-liter engine will replace a 2.0 unit. Also, the CVT auto gearbox is the only choice if you are aiming for the Limited model. On the official website, the offer for the Hybrid model is marked as ‘limited’. So, we could see a new PHEV soon, with more power, range, and options.