Subaru Crosstrek adds a bigger engine and new trim level for 2021

There’s also a redesigned front end and new driver-assist technologies

Source: Driving.ca

Subaru is adding some extra oompf to its Crosstrek for 2021, which will offer a new 2.5L four-cylinder in an equally-new “Outdoor” trim level for Canadians, as well as in the Limited trim.

The new engine will be available alongside the 2.0L four-cylinder that’s currently the only choice in the Crosstrek. While the 2.0L makes 152 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque, the 2.5L churns out 182 horses and 176 lb-ft.

Both engines are Subaru’s trademark horizontally-opposed configuration, and all Crosstrek trim levels include full-time all-wheel-drive.

The 2021 Crosstrek also gets a new grille and wheel design, and the EyeSight package of driver-assist safety technologies, standard on all models equipped with a CVT, adds lane-centering assist to its adaptive cruise control. A heated steering wheel becomes standard on the Touring and Sport trim levels.

All Crosstrek models feature a driver-selectable X-Mode for slippery or off-road conditions, but the new Outdoor uses a dual-function X-Mode system with settings for snow/dirt, and for deep snow/mud. The new trim level also includes a new front-view camera for parking or entering blind intersections; unique 17-inch wheels; exterior accents in gunmetal colouring; all-weather upholstery with yellow stitching; and optional Plasma Yellow Pearl paint.

Pricing for the 2021 Crosstrek will be announced at a later date.