The Subaru Crosstrek is a very impressive CUV with the model seemingly having a swiss army knife approach when it comes to appealing to a wide range of consumer needs and tastes. However lavk of power from its flat four engine has always been a persistent problem for the Crosstrek. Subaru has listened to the demands for more power, and has revealed that 2021 will finally see more muscle be added.
The extra oomph will be supplied via an all new 2.5 liter four cylinder engine that will be avalible on the Limited model, as well as an all new Sport model. However, Subaru did not reveal technical details about the engine, but the company does have a pair of flat four engines to choose from. The first is the 310 horsepower turbocharged four found in the WRX STI which also brings 290 lb-ft of torque to the party. While our inner wild child would love a souped up Crosstrek like that for rally duty, don’t get your hopes up.
Instead, we suspect that the Crosstrek will make use of the same 2.5 liter flat four that also sees duty in the Legacy, Forester and the Outback wagon. In all three of these applications, the engine makes 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque. While not as spicy as the STI’s engine, it’s still a good upgrade over the slow 2.0 liter in the current Crosstrek.
Subaru did not reveal availability or pricing information for the sprightlier Crosstrek, but look for it to possibly roll out in late 2020 as an early 2021 model. With the Crosstrek being on a modified version of the Impreza’s platform, it would not be too surprising to see the 2.5 be added to address power concerns in that model.