TEASED: Subaru Gives Us A Glimpse Of The New Crosstrek

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All will be revealed on September 15.

It may boast class-leading safety and an appealing price tag, but there's no hiding the fact that the Subaru Crosstrek is getting on in years. First introduced as a 2018 model, the second generation of the plucky crossover is readying itself for retirement as the Japanese automaker prepares to unveil an all-new model.

Subaru has remained mum on the matter, but a recent teaser video gives us our first (admittedly vague) look at the new model. Based on what we can see, it appears the newcomer won't stray too far from its predecessor - in terms of design, at least.

There are a few subtle differences, though. The headlight cluster appears more streamlined, which should give the crossover a sleeker front end and bring it in line with the new WRX and the all-electric Solterra.

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It's difficult to tell, but the front end also appears to have a shapelier, more pronounced hood. We can also expect to see a more angular radiator grille a la WRX, although the signature Pleiades badging and horizontal silver-painted bars seem untouched. Of course, we'll get a better look once it emerges from the shadows.

Around the back, it looks as if the new family member borrows its minimalist taillights from the Solterra EV. From this angle, it's also clear that the Crosstrek will gain muscular rear quarter panels, with strong character lines lending it some flair. Unfortunately, the 15-second teaser doesn't show much else. But what can we expect from the new model when it arrives?

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Well, rumors point toward a new engine with improved performance and gas mileage. This 1.5-liter turbocharged engine will reportedly replace the naturally aspirated 2.0-liter mill and its decidedly anemic outputs of 152 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque.

We expect US-bound variants to retain the larger capacity 2.5-liter engine, which produces 182 hp and 176 lb-ft. Hopefully, upgrades will see increased power and stronger acceleration. We expect the Crosstrek Hybrid to soldier on with its plug-in system, but more muscle and superior all-electric range would be appreciated. As it stands, the Crosstrek PHEV is only capable of traveling 17 miles under battery power.

According to the rumor mill, there's a strong possibility the Crosstrek will receive Level 3 semi-autonomous technology. However, this technology remains the reserve high-priced machinery, so this remains to be seen.

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In keeping with Subaru's stellar safety reputation, the Crosstrek will ship standard with the company's latest EyeSight Drive Assist system The current model receives pre-collision braking, blind-spot detection, adaptive cruise control, and several other safety features. If the brand wants to stand out from the crowd, it needs to heighten the standard driver assist offerings.

Hopefully, the new model will do away with the dated interior and introduce something on par with what we've seen in the WRX. The contemporary cabin found in the sports sedan boasts a portrait infotainment screen and a more visually appealing dashboard. Hopefully, the 11.6-inch display makes its way into the Crosstrek - we won't be surprised if this larger screen is reserved for posher models, though.

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