Subaru Crosstrek to get powerful new engine, report says

Subaru heard you -- the small crossover is in for a bigger engine with more power torque to remedy the complaints of many owners.

Sean Szymkowski
It all started with Gran Turismo. From those early PlayStation days, Sean was drawn to anything with four wheels. Prior to joining the Roadshow team, he was a freelance contributor for Motor Authority, The Car Connection and Green Car Reports. As for what's in the garage, Sean owns a 2016 Chevrolet SS, and yes, it has Holden badges.
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2019 Subaru Crosstrek

The people want more power!


The Subaru Crosstrek is a fine and dandy piece of transportation, but if there's one thing owners aren't thrilled about, it's a lack of power.

Never fear, because the Japanese automaker heard those worries loud and clear, according to of America CEO Tom Doll. Speaking at a National Automobile Dealers Association meeting, Doll reportedly said the Crosstrek will soon receive a larger engine option. Automotive News first reported the update Monday; Subaru declined to comment for this story.

Today, any Crosstrek (aside from the Crosstrek Hybrid) receives a 2.0-liter boxer-four engine. In the near future, that'll change with the addition of a 2.5-liter boxer-four unit.

The engine should be mighty familiar to those in the Subaru family. The 2.5-liter engine handles power duties in multiple vehicles, such as the Subaru Legacy, Outback and Forester. In each of them, the power plant creates 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. It's likely just the ticket to make a little extra oomph over the 2.0-liter engine, which produces 152 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque.

There is a catch, however. Doll said the engine will only be available with the Crosstrek's Limited trim and a new Sport trim. While the base Crosstrek starts at $23,155 after a destination charge, the range-topping Limited model rings in at $28,405. It's unclear if we'll also see a price bump with the addition of the new engine and Doll didn't speak of where the Sport trim will fall within the model's trim range.

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Originally published Feb. 26.