New 2016 Subaru Crosstrek Release Date, Review and Specs

2016 Subaru Crosstrek Release Date, Price, Engine, Specs – Subaru lovers have been waiting with baited breadth for the unveiling of the new 2016 Subaru Crosstrek, and the news for its imminent unmasking couldn’t have come at a better date. We can all reminisce how the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek made headlines with its new novelties which included a new base trim level, a 7” touchscreen, and 6.2” touchscreen with smartphone-app connectivity.

2016 Subaru Crosstrek 
2016 Subaru Crosstrek

Also, it came with tons of safety features key among them was adaptive cruise control, a forward collision mitigation system with automatic braking, and lane-departure warning. The new 2016 Subaru Crosstrek will surely not take a lot to attract attention in the compact crossover class. For one thing, the vehicle is the only type in its segment that will boast of a gas-electric hybrid and more so a standard gas powered base model.

2016 Subaru Crosstrek side view, yellow color, exterior, alloy wheels

It’s hard for us to fully recommend the Crosstrek especially from a practical point of view. Subaru’s own Forester is costly, for instance, but on the upside it offers more power, added interior space without compromising the fuel economy, and more importantly has a solid off-road ability.

2016 Subaru Crosstrek rear view, orangr color, taillights and tailpipe

Other small crossovers like the Ford Escape compensate their incapability in the dirt with superior interior space and on-road handling, and a well-equipped cabin. Also, in case you prefer more compact body like the 2015 Mini Countryman and 2015 Nissan Juke. But in case you like an inexpensive and versatile runabout you should therefore consider the new XV Crosstrek.

2016 Subaru Crosstrek XV front angle, exterior, headlights and grille

Exterior Colors & Interior Updates – Subaru Crosstrek For 2016

As most would expect, the new 2016 Subaru Crosstrek by our very own assumptions will debut in five trim levels: 2.0i, 2.0i Premium, 2.0i Limited, Hybrid and the range topping model known as the Hybrid Touring.

2016 Subaru Crosstrek  interior
2016 Subaru Crosstrek  interior

Some of the standard equipment to be featured in the base model will include roof rails, 17-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, cruise control, air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 60/40-split-folding rear seat, , smartphone integration (Aha, iHeartRadio and Pandora ), a CD player, a USB port and an auxiliary input jack, and a rearview camera and a 4-speaker audio system with a 6.2-inch touchscreen display.

2016 Subaru Crosstrek  front
2016 Subaru Crosstrek  front

The 2.0i Premium will also likely add heated mirrors, an adjustable center armrest, heated front seats, a removable cargo tray, a cargo cover and a 6-speaker audio system.

The 2.0i Limited also will certainly feature automatic headlights, upgraded instrumentation, ambient interior lighting, automatic climate control, a rear seat fold-down armrest, leather upholstery and an upgraded infotainment system with dual USB ports, satellite radio, hands-free text messaging and a 7” touchscreen display.

2016 Subaru Crosstrek interior, rear leather seats

The forthcoming Hybrid will also include among others a unique 17-inch wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless entry and ignition, an LCD display in the gauge cluster, a pedestrian alert system that emits a sound and a hybrid-specific energy display atop the center stack.

2016 Subaru Crosstrek  back
2016 Subaru Crosstrek  back

The top of the range Hybrid Touring will most likely add a sunroof, the 2.0i Limited’s infotainment system, leather upholstery and a navigation system. The Premium and Limited might both be equipped with Subaru’s EyeSight safety package, which adds adaptive cruise control, steering-responsive foglights, a forward collision mitigation system with automatic braking, and lane-departure warning.

2016 Subaru Crosstrek trunk, cargo space

Engine Specs – 2016 Subaru Crosstrek

Since the Japanese automaker hasn’t made all the facts known to the public concerning what to expect in the new Crosstrek, the new vehicle will most certainly feature a 2.0L horizontally opposed 4-cylinder engine capable of making around 148 hp and 145 pounds of torque.

A 5-speed manual transmission will be provided standard but tweaked for improved performance on both the 2.0i and 2.0i Premium; it’s mated to an AWD system with 50/50 front/aft power distribution. Just like in the 2015 Subaru Crosstrek, we should also look forward to an optionally provided Continuous Variable Transmission system on both the Premium and Limited models.

2016 Subaru Crosstrek engine

The hybrid, according to well-placed sources, will debut with the same engine running through the Continuous Variable Transmission and AWD systems, but adds an electric motor capable of making upwards of 160 horsepower and 163 pounds of torque.

According to our own assumptions of the expected vehicle, the XV Crosstrek whilst making use of the CVT system should return around 26/34/29 mpg in the city/highway/combined, while the manual transmission should reduce those figures to 23/31/26 mpg in the city/highway/combined.

Some of the safety features we should expect once the Crosstrek hits dealerships include  stability and traction control, front side airbags and side curtain airbags, antilock disc brakes, a driver knee airbag, active front head restraints, and a rearview camera.


Wheelbase: 8 ft. 7.7 in. (103.7 in.)
Length: 14 ft. 7.2 in. (175.2 in.)
Width: 5 ft. 10.1 in. (70.1 in.)
Passenger volume: 94 ft³
Cargo volume: 22 ft³
Curb weight: 3109 lbs
Top Speed: 118 mph
0-60: 8,1 sec
MPG: 26/34 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Crystal Black Silica, Crystal White Pearl, Dark Gray Metallic, Desert Khaki, Hyper Blue, Ice Silver Metallic, Quartz Blue Pearl and Venetian Red Pearl
Towing Capacity: 1500 lbs

Price & Release Date for the New 2016 Subaru Crosstrek

The vehicle is scheduled to hit dealerships later this year as no exact details have been diverged to the public yet. Its price shouldn’t deviate much from that of the current vehicle, therefore, we should expect the price to revolve around 30,000 USD.

2016 Subaru Crosstrek  release date
2016 Subaru Crosstrek  release date




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