2024 Subaru Crosstrek Revealed With New Styling, More Screen, Added Exterior Plastic

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
2024 subaru crosstrek revealed with new styling more screen added exterior plastic

Subaru will launch an updated Crosstrek in the United States next year and showcased the Japanese model on Thursday to whet our appetites.

Though nobody at the company seems overly eager to reinvent a model offering such enviable sales figures. Most of the changes seem to be aesthetic in nature, with the exterior seeing some new creases – resulting in a more complicated and pleasing overall shape. There’s also been an increase in the number of plastic panels used on the vehicle’s exterior. However, this doesn’t look as disagreeable as it sounds.

Subaru has really been leaning hard into the black plastic cladding of late. The company even added some to the WRX in 2021 for reasons I’ll probably never understand. But it makes more sense on the Crosstrek because the kind of people likely to own one aren’t going to be worried about scuffed paint until after there’s been a minor tragedy while parking. I know tons of people that own these cars and all of them gave me the same reasoning – they needed a car, liked the brand, liked the price, and thought the model checked all the necessary boxes.

But none of them could be considered auto enthusiasts, meaning the Crosstrek’s handful of shortcomings doesn’t really matter to them. The base engine leaves the car feeling utterly lethargic on the highway, the interior isn’t particularly impressive, and it’s not quite as comfortable off-road as the relevant marketing materials would have one believe. But it all kind of comes together in this infinitely useful package that won’t break the bank.

Base units start below $24,000 and offer reasonably good fuel economy. But even top-trim Crosstreks with the slicker powertrains don’t retail for much more than $38,000.

The next generation is hoping to update itself in a manner that addresses those shortcomings while leaning into its strengths, as Subaru readies improved driver-assistance features, a larger central touchscreen, comfier seats, and an updated exterior that seems to suggest the updated Crosstrek was actually made for rock crawling. It won’t be. But it’ll still be a better option to take off-road than most other similarly priced compact cars – most of which also won’t offer the kind of cargo capacity as the Crosstrek.

Portrait-oriented screens seem to have become a thing for Subaru, so it’s tossing an 11.6-inch unit into the next-generation crossover and leveraging the latest version of its Starlink interface. This means Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity will be standard. The same looks to be true for the company’s EyeSight driver-assistance package, though we don’t yet know which features will be issued on the U.S. market.

Powertrain options are similarly unknown. However, the odds are good that Subaru will stick with the 152-horsepower, 2.0-liter boxer-fur engine or the more powerful 2.5-liter boxer-four with 182 hp already available on the current generation. We’re also expecting the ability to option a six-speed manual transmission (hopefully on the bigger engine this time) if the CVT isn’t to your liking.

The hybrid ("e-Boxer") model probably isn’t going anywhere either and it’s the version you’re most likely to see having some work done before the updated car goes on sale in 2023. As things currently stand, the hybrid version takes up to five hours to recharge on a 120-volt outlet (half that if you're on 240 volts) and allows for a dozen or so all-electric miles before you need to swap back into gasoline mode. We've heard rumors that the manufacturer was working on this but haven't managed to confirm anything just yet.

Expect Subaru to issue a comprehensive list of changes the Crosstrek will be undertaking on our market between now and then. In the interim, management is just happy that you know there’s an updated model on the horizon because it’s planning to sell at least 100,000 units here annually.

[Images: Subaru]

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  • John S. John S. on Sep 16, 2022

    Subaru, bring out the Crosstrek Wilderness, and soon, please!

  • Daniel J Daniel J on Sep 20, 2022

    Lost interest in Subaru when they stopped putting the higher HP engines in the Forrester. If they put the 2.5T in this or the Forrester, I'd be interested.

  • Theflyersfan Interest rates going sky high should knock out the next group of people on the fence waiting to buy. I haven't looked, but I'm betting 2.9 and 3.9% on longer 60+ month loans are either gone or almost impossible to qualify for. I'm starting to get "turn down the thermostat and put on a sweater" vibes here. And if you're an American in Iran, get out. We don't need a sequel to Argo.
  • Theflyersfan @Matthew Guy: You might have jumped the gun on this one a little bit. Chevy's website doesn't have a build/config page up yet, nor does KBB or Edmunds. All we have to go on is what Chevy has leaked out to us without seeing the finished product. And I don't see prices on options and each model just yet, just somewhat "around this amount." But all that being said, if I was in the market for a pickup, and saying that I close on a new home later this week (locked in rates before interest rates really went crazy), the MX-5 might need a stablemate. And the "regular" trucks that everyone thinks of have just gotten too large, too over-styled (except for the Ram), and way too expensive. So this size truck seems to hit the sweet spot of people, cargo, and ease of driving/parking needs. So, I'd probably go mid-range with something like the Z71 trim level. I'm guessing it'll be in the mid-30's with enough tech to keep everything connected, reasonable enough fuel economy, and comfort for a road trip. There are some great offroad trails all around Kentucky, and that would have me interested in something like a ZR2, but without knowing exact cost, not sure about that one.But in this class, the Tacoma and Ranger are up there in years and Nissan, while putting in a different engine and transmission, pretty much tidied up the same old bones and is selling it as all new...(Z car...cough...cough). I'd still have to try the Frontier vs. Colorado to make up my mind.
  • Bkojote I go off-roading quite a bit (nothing extreme, just some fun scenic trails) and everyone in our group with a Colorado has basically given up or switched to a Toyota/Jeep after dealing with constant issues and $$$ in repairs.The best trim for the Colorado is something on-road biased. These trucks are good for towing toys or some light duty stuff but a burly off road trim on this is silly as the 4WD system can't handle it. While I believe they fixed the major design flaws of the prior generation (an easily-damaged oil pan and poorly positioned shocks that hang precariously low), the clutch-based 4WD system is notorious for failing on moderate trails- look no further than the recent C&D "Trail Boss" review.
  • Arthur Dailey The absolute best series on TTAC and so few responses? I am going to assume that the readership (B&B) is either too young or did not have enough 'coin' to have enjoyed these vehicles during their heyday.
  • Arthur Dailey From circa 1985 to 1998 I was partially responsible for a 'fleet' (up to just over two dozen at any one time) of 15 passenger and 12 passenger vans as well as some converted/ex smaller school buses. All 3 domestic manufacturers were represented. We purchased one Dodge 15 passenger van that came from the factory propane powered. Later converted a number of other vans, predominantly GM's made at the Scarboro van plant to propane. The propane conversion did reduce the passenger capacity. In our experience the Fords were indeed the most robust.