Previously this year, the Subaru Crosstrek got a total redesign. In true Subaru fashion, though, this redesign did not consist of a huge styling update to set it apart from the previous generation. For 2019, we expect the newly upgraded Crosstrek to stay entirely the same.
2019 Subaru Crosstrek Changes
We don’t expect any visual changes in the 2019 Crosstrek relative to the freshly redesigned 2018 model. This revamped body includes more running lines than before, scalloped door panels, restyled headlights, and more. The redesigned Crosstrek likewise has a new chassis that enables its wheelbase to grow by 1.2 inches, its width to increase 0.9 inches, and its overall body length to grow by 0.6 inches.
On top of a new look on the inside, the upgraded Crosstrek’s cabin likewise grew rather significantly. With exception to headroom, virtually every seating measurement grew with the redesign, including hip space and legroom in the front and rear seats. Also improved was its maximum cargo room, which grew by 3.4 cubic feet to 55.3 cubes, though area with the seats upright took a 1.5-cubic-foot hit to 20.8 cubes.
2019 Subaru Crosstrek Engine
The new-generation Crosstrek also received a revised version of its 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine. Subaru fine-tuned its output, raising it to 152 horsepower– a 4-hp gain– while its torque stayed the same at 145 pound-feet. We expect this to stay the exact same in 2019. At the moment, there are no signs that Subaru will be reviving the Crosstrek Hybrid.
We likewise expect the transmission alternatives to carry into the 2019 Crosstrek the same, including its basic six-speed handbook transmission on the base and Premium trims and the standard constantly variable transmission with manual mode on Limited trims. The base and Premium trims will likewise continue to have an optional CVT readily available.
2019 Subaru Crosstrek Safety
The 2018 Crosstrek hasn’t gone through IIHS testing yet, however the 2017 model was a Top Safety Pick and the redesign introduced 40% enhanced crash-energy absorption. This indicates the redesigned Crosstrek needs to be at least a Top Safety Pick, and perhaps even a Top Safety Pick Plus if it can score more than an “Acceptable” score in the headlight test. This must all remain the same in 2019.
2019 Subaru Crosstrek Pricing & Release Date
Though we do not have an official release date, we do expect to see the 2019 Crosstrek in showrooms in the summertime of 2018. Given that there are no changes in the works, we do not expect much of a shift in rates from the 2018 Crosstrek’s cost variety of $23,710 to $27,210 (location fees included). Secret competitors for the 2019 Crosstrek will include the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, and the Jeep Renegade.