Subaru has teased a new crossover, ahead of its debut in Japan on September 15th.
Boasting a dreadful resolution of 480p, the teaser video doesn’t reveal much but it gives us a glimpse of slender headlights with prominent LEDs.
We can also see C-shaped taillights, fender flares, and an upward sweeping beltline. They’re joined by a single bar grille, circular fog lights, and a relatively short rear end.
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Subaru is staying tight-lipped and only referring to the model as a “new SUV.” However, Motor1 speculates it could be the redesigned Crosstrek. That seems like a logical guess given the proportions, cladding, and Impreza-like appearance.
Little is known about the model at this point, but the current Crosstrek / XV was introduced at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show and given a facelift for the 2021 model year. While it’s not very old, the Crosstrek is an important model for Subaru as the company sold 127,466 units in the United States last year and that bests the Impreza by a margin of nearly four to one.
While we’re not even sure the mystery model is indeed the new Crosstrek, the current vehicle has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 152 hp (113 kW / 154 PS) and 145 lb-ft (196 Nm) of torque. Customers can also opt for a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 182 hp (136 kW / 185 PS) and 176 lb-ft (238 Nm) of torque.
Subaru also offers a plug-in hybrid powertrain that consists of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, two electric motors, and an 8.8 kWh battery pack. This setup gives the model a combined output of 148 hp (110 kW / 150 PS) and an electric-only range of up to 17 miles (27 km).