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Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, the redesigned Subaru XV–marketed here in America as the Crosstrek–takes the second generation of this compact crossover SUV to a new level of capability. While the XV was presented in European trim, Subaru said the U.S. version of the 2018 Crosstrek will bow at the New York Auto Show.

New from the inside out

While exterior styling of the new XV/Crosstrek retains a good deal of the company’s existing “Dynamic x Solid” visual themes, the remake introduces a number of significant variations. Both the front and rear lighting have a leaner and more dynamic flair to help reinforce a wider, lower stance while the profile sports new sculpting and more pronounced fender flares set off by matte black cladding and new alloy wheels.

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Less obvious but arguably far more significant, the new XV/Crosstrek is based around an entirely new structure. Introduced on the 2017 Impreza, this Subaru Global Platform provides a dramatically stiffer (70-percent better torsional rigidity)  and stronger foundation that affords greater passenger protection, superior vehicle dynamics and greater refinement. In addition to quicker steering and a 50-percent reduction in body roll, Subaru says the XV/Crosstrek’s revised suspension tuning improves straight line stability and cornering performance,  both of which are helped by the standard Active Torque Vectoring system.

A better boxer engine

Motivation for the new XV/Crosstrek is provided by a seriously reworked version of the FB 2.0-liter “Boxer” 4-cylinder that features nearly 80 percent new components and gains more efficient direct fuel injection. In European guise the horizontally-opposed piston engine makes 154 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque and is backed by an improved version of the firm’s Lineartronic CVT automatic that’s lighter and has a wider ratio spread. There's also a driver-selectable “manual” mode that creates seven virtual gears. As before, power flows to each corner via Subaru’s Symmetrical AWD system that features X-Mode which can integrate control of the engine, brakes and AWD to optimize the vehicle’s responsiveness on slick road surfaces. 

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Subaru’s redesign also extends to the better-isolated cabin of the new XV/Crosstrek which matches a more contemporary look and upscale feel with more space for five people and their cargo. A new multifunction steering wheel complements redesigned seats that provide greater comfort and support while the top-line infotainment system now features a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen display. The new XV will offer a wide range of new driver assists including the automaker’s EyeSight suite, Steering Responsive Headlights, High Beam Assist and Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection that bundles blind spot detection, lane-change assistance and reversing assistance.

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