JDM-Spec Subaru Crosstrek Price Starts At Under $20,000 And Has FWD

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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.

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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.

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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.

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