According to Subaru's CEO.
The Subaru Crosstrek is one of the Japanese automaker's most popular models in the US. While the Subaru Outback is often considered its signature model, the second-generation Crosstrek's presence on America's roads and highways continues to increase. Launched for the 2018 model year, the latest Crosstrek has generally been praised in all major categories, such as value, handling, and overall owner satisfaction. There is, however, one area where many owners have been less than pleased: power.
Aside from the Crosstrek Hybrid, the only engine currently on offer is the 2.0-liter boxer-four with 152 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. The good news is that Subaru listens to its customers.
According to Automotive News, Subaru of America CEO Tom Doll recently stated at a National Automobile Dealers Association meeting, the Crosstrek will soon receive a larger and more powerful engine option.
As of this writing, Subaru had no further comment, but it's fairly easy to speculate which engine the Crosstrek will soon have. The 2.5-liter boxer-four, currently found in the Subaru Outback, Legacy, and Forester, has a healthier 182 hp and 176 lb-ft on tap. That additional 30 ponies and 31 lb-ft will definitely be felt. As all new Subarus are built on the company's flexible global platform, it's no problem for that engine to fit right in there
Chances are the 2.5-liter boxer won't serve as the base engine but rather it'll be available on the expected new Sport trim and top-of-the-line Limited. Another fair assumption is that it'll continue to be paired with the CVT gearbox. A six-speed manual is available on lower trims and it'll likely remain that way. That's kind of a shame because we love the idea of the new and more powerful Sport connected to a manual.
Assuming there are no hiccups, we expect to see the 2.5 boxer engine arrive for the 2021 model year.