2021 Subaru Crosstrek Gets More Power, Sport Version Loses Manual Transmission

New 2021 Subaru Crosstrek and Crosstrek Sport are about to arrive. Both models will suffer significant modifications for the upcoming year. For a start, the Sport version won’t feature a 6-speed manual transmission anymore. On the other hand, regular Crosstrek will get a more powerful engine. Besides that, you can expect numerous updates in terms of exterior design and interior features.

Moreover, the Japanese manufacturer will introduce a hybrid model with more than solid fuel efficiency. As for the trim levels, Subaru won’t change anything. This crossover-SUV will go on sale in the second half of 2020 and it will remain as affordable as always before.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek redesign

2021 Crosstrek Sport Won’t Offer a 6-Speed Manual Transmission

The high-performance 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport will arrive once again. However, this time without a 6-speed manual transmission. Subaru did the same thing with the Forester, Legacy and Outback models. Because of that, we are not surprised at all. On the other hand, base and Premium trim levels will continue to offer a manual gearbox. The rest of the models and trim levels will deploy an 8-speed automatic transmission instead. The main question is why Subaru wants to ax manual gearbox?

The reason is lower sales. The manufacturer claims that only 6 percent of Crosstrek buyers are choosing manual transmission. Can’t blame Subaru for that, right? The rest of the automakers are doing the same thing, after all. Subaru is no different so expect for the carmaker to drop manual transmission from all its vehicles in the coming years.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport

List of Upgrades

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport will slot between after the Premium trim level. For that reason, it will get a similar range of equipment. That includes the Hill Descent Control system and the SI-DRIVE mode. On top of that, Sport variant comes with 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and roof rails. Under guars with color accents and gloss, black exterior features are all available as standard.

Subaru also pays special attention to safety. The plan is to offer its EyeSight safety suite as a standard part of the equipment to the company’s entire SUV lineup. It is another reason why manual transmission is gone. EyeSight and manual transmission can’t be fitted at the same time.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek interior

Regular Crosstrek Version Will Gain More Power

The all-new 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport won’t arrive with improved performances. However, the regular variant will certainly introduce more horses.  A 2.5-liter four-cylinder will remain. The manufacturer will slightly re-tune this powertrain so we can expect stronger performances. However, Subaru didn’t provide any specific details. Currently, this output generates 182 hp and 176 lb-ft of torque.

No doubt, new Crosstrek will pack more power, probably over 200 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of twisting power. As for the hybrid version, it is available once again. Current Crosstrek Hybrid provides 17 miles of pure electric driving and we will probably see some improvements in this category as well.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Price and Release Date

Once it arrives, the next 2021 Subaru Crosstrek will cost more than its predecessor. That means the price should start at around $25,000. Sport version will cost around $30,000 and Hybrid over $35,000. Nissan Kicks, Mazda CX-4 and Jeep Renegade will remain the most likely competitors.

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