US-bound models should have standard AWD and a higher starting price, though.
Revealed in September, the third-generation Subaru Crosstrek has launched in Japan with more powertrain details, a long list of accessories, and pricing, giving us a clearer idea of what to expect when the new Crosstrek comes to America.
The JDM-spec Crosstrek will start at 2,662,000 yen, which translates to under $20,000 at current exchange rates. However, that's for a front-wheel-drive model, whereas the Crosstrek should retain standard all-wheel drive in the USA.
The attractive starting price isn't guaranteed for the USA since the Crosstrek sold here could be specified at a higher level. However, it's still likely to be affordable and the perfect option for Subaru fans who can't stretch to the Forester.
The most expensive version with AWD will sell for the equivalent of $24,500 in Japan, which is nearly the same as what you'll pay for the 2023 Crosstrek Premium in the USA right now, although that's for the older second-gen model. For the most expensive Hybrid on sale now, you'll pay $36,845 in the USA.
The Crosstrek in Japan is motivated by a 2.0-liter engine and an electric motor known as the e-Boxer. On its own, the gas engine delivers a modest 143 horsepower and 139 lb-ft of torque, but the electric motor adds another 13 hp and 48 lb-ft.
In the USA, it won't be a surprise if the current 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter engines carry over, the latter making 182 hp and 176 lb-ft.
As always, the Crosstrek is aimed at consumers who enjoy the outdoors, so the JDM model will be available with many accessories. These included a strut bar, roof spoiler, and specific STI-branded parts, although that's a bit like placing an M badge on the back of an entry-level BMW 220i.
Other options include a hood decal, a front nose garnish, and a Utility Package. The latter bundles a trunk organizer, more storage compartments, and interior lighting. It also seems practical, as Subaru shared pictures of the trunk area, which can accommodate a surfboard or a bicycle with both wheels still attached.
The more expensive Crosstrek Limited has larger 18-inch wheels, cornering headlamps, and sport pedals with aluminum pads. Again, we'll have to wait and see how similar the US-spec models are when they arrive. That's only expected to happen at some point next year.