New Subaru Crosstrek Launches In Japan With A Cheaper FWD Option And Plethora Of Accessories


The new Subaru Crosstrek was unveiled last September, but the company has now announced its market launch in Japan together with detailed specs and a long list of accessories. Unlike its AWD-only predecessors, the new Crosstrek will be offered in Japan as a front-wheel drive (FWD) model as well, with both versions powered by a hybrid powertrain.

The third-gen Subaru Crosstrek is based on an upgraded version of the Subaru Global Platform with increased rigidity and improved noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels. The JDM-spec model is available exclusively with the e-Boxer powertrain pairing a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter petrol engine that produces 143 hp (107 kW / 145 PS) and 188 Nm (139 lb-ft) of torque, to an electric motor that adds another 13 hp (10 kW / 14 PS) and 65 Nm (48 lb-ft) of torque.

More importantly, for the first time in the Crosstrek history, power is transmitted to either the front (FWD) or to all four wheels (AWD) through a Lineatronic CVT gearbox. The FWD option brings the Crosstrek closer to the mechanically-related Impreza, as a more affordable alternative to the AWD model. It is not clear if Subaru intends on offering the FWD crossover outside Japan, but additional powertrain options are expected to be available in other markets including an ICE-only engine for the US.

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We have already covered the evolutionary styling of the third-gen Crosstrek that looks more rugged than its predecessor thanks to heavier plastic cladding. The new generation measures 4,480 mm (176.4 inches) long, which makes it 15 mm (0.6 inches) longer than its predecessor. In Japan, the Crosstrek is available in two trim levels, the Touring and the Limited. The Limited is distinguished by the 18-inch alloy wheels (instead of 17-inch), the full-LED headlights, and the faux aluminum accents on the grille, foglight garnish, mirror caps, and roof rails (instead of black).

Inside, the Subaru Crosstrek Limited comes standard with a large 11.6-inch portrait-orientation touchscreen for the infotainment. The Touring on the other hand has a much smaller screen for the climate controls and a black plastic cover for the rest of the center console, with the proper touchscreen being optional. Unfortunately, Subaru doesn’t offer a digital instrument cluster for the Crosstrek. Both trims have fabric upholstery for the seats, and optional leather. The Limited also gets the complete EyeSight package of ADAS that has been improved thanks to a new wide-angle monocular camera.

A Bevy Of Accessories

For those who want to customize their Crosstrek, Subaru offers a wide range of accessories for both the exterior and the interior. The “Toughness” package makes the crossover look more adventurous by adding plastic bits and pieces that protect the bonnet, grille, lighting units, and doors. The “Utility” package adds interior lighting, durable cargo space covers, boot organizing options, and extra storage compartments. Finally, there is a choice of STI-branded accessories including alloy wheels, center-mounted dual tailpipes, and a larger rear wing.

The new Subaru Crosstrek is already available to order in Japan. Prices start from ¥2,662,000 ($19,520) for the FWD Touring, going up to ¥3,234,000 ($23,714) for the AWD Limited. Of course, those prices can shoot up if you opt for some of the optional accessories we mentioned earlier. Below you can watch the official video presentations of the model and check out the full gallery.


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