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Unveiling the new Subaru Crosstrek

Published:Sunday | October 22, 2023 | 12:06 AMKareem LaTouche - Automotives Coordinator -
Adventure awaits, with standard all-wheel drive and 8.7 inches of ground clearance.
Adventure awaits, with standard all-wheel drive and 8.7 inches of ground clearance.
The Crosstrek is ready for anything, with a standard 2.0L SUBARU BOXER engine and up to 34 mpg highway fuel economy.
The Crosstrek is ready for anything, with a standard 2.0L SUBARU BOXER engine and up to 34 mpg highway fuel economy.
With its standard EyeSight driver assistance suite, the Crosstrek helps you stay safe on the road.
With its standard EyeSight driver assistance suite, the Crosstrek helps you stay safe on the road.
The Crosstrek is perfect for exploring the great outdoors, with its available X-MODE dual-mode all-wheel drive system.
The Crosstrek is perfect for exploring the great outdoors, with its available X-MODE dual-mode all-wheel drive system.
The Crosstrek is also a great urban commuter, with its standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system for confident handling in all conditions.
The Crosstrek is also a great urban commuter, with its standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system for confident handling in all conditions.
The Crosstrek is the perfect all-around vehicle, with its stylish design, comfortable interior, and versatile performance.
The Crosstrek is the perfect all-around vehicle, with its stylish design, comfortable interior, and versatile performance.
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The automotive world is always excited to have an addition to the field, and that was the case when Subaru introduced the new Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i-L. For the local market, I got to test drive a mid-spec variant of their popular compact SUV. Packed with a potent petrol engine, this latest addition to the Crosstrek line-up promises an impressive blend of performance, style, and practicality.

Design That Commands Attention

The Crosstrek 2.0i-L retains the distinct rugged and sporty design elements that Subaru enthusiasts adore. It features a bold front grille with the iconic Subaru emblem and sharply styled LED headlights that not only enhance visibility, but also give the Crosstrek a modern and aggressive look. The robust body cladding, raised ground clearance, and attractive 17-inch alloy wheels add to its adventurous persona.

With a length of 175.8 inches and width of 71 inches, the compact dimensions make it ideal for round-town driving while the ample ground clearance of 8.7 inches ensures you can confidently tackle off-road adventures.

Interior Comfort and Practicality

Stepping inside the Crosstrek reveals a thoughtfully designed cabin. High-quality materials and attention to detail create a comfortable and inviting space. The seats are plush and supportive, covered in a durable fabric that is perfect for active lifestyles. With ample legroom and headroom in both the front and rear seats, even taller passengers will find the Crosstrek accommodating. There is also a multifunction 6” Touchscreen Display Audio System with six speakers that produces some of the most impressive sounds I have heard in a vehicle.

The cargo area is generous, providing 20.8 cubic feet with the rear seats up and allowing you to easily load up your gear for a weekend getaway or a grocery store run. The 60/40 split-folding rear seats further enhance versatility, letting you configure the space to suit your needs and giving 55.3 cubic feet, with the rear seats folded down.

Driving Experience That Excites

Under the hood, it houses a 2.0-litre petrol engine. This power plant delivers a healthy dose of 152 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque, providing ample oomph for city commutes and highway cruising. Paired with Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system, the Crosstrek 2.0i-L ensures confident handling and traction in a variety of road conditions.

The Lineartronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) offers smooth and responsive shifts, contributing to a refined driving experience. Whether you’re navigating city streets, winding mountain roads, or tackling challenging off-road trails, the Boxer 4-cylinder engine is up to the task.

The new Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i-L proves to be a well-rounded and versatile compact SUV, offering a compelling package of style, comfort, and performance. With its eye-catching design, spacious interior, generous cargo space, and capable petrol engine, it is ready to accompany you on your daily adventures and weekend getaways. Whether you are an urban dweller or an outdoor enthusiast, the Crosstrek 2.0i-L is a vehicle that is primed to meet your needs in style.

Price of tested model: $7.8m (Mid Spec)

Price Range/ Options: $8.6m (Mid Spec with Eyesight), $9.25m (High Spec with

Eyesight), $9.55m (Hybrid with Eyesight)

Engine: 2 litre

Torque: 145 lb-ft

Transmission: CVT, AWD

Fuel tank: 62 litres

Body Type: compact SUV

Vehicle was provided courtesy of Kingston Industrial Garage Ltd, 923-6479, sales@kigjamaica.com