Why the 2nd-Generation Subaru Crosstrek Is Better Than the First

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    Why the 2nd-Generation Subaru Crosstrek Is Better Than the First



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    The new 2018 Subaru Crosstrek just debuted at the Geneva Motor Show, but it might not look all that different. The most significant changes, it turns out, are underneath the slightly tweaked sheetmetal.

    Speaking to Kazuhiro Abe, Subaru Project General Manager and General Manager of Design, he explained that the automaker made several important changes to the car, but the most important ones are things you won’t ever see… or hear.

    'Noise reduction is a huge area of improvement,' explained Abe-san. He says that a lot of common complaints with the previous car have been addressed, including wind noise. 'This plastic panel by the A-pillar is now raised and more flush with the body, reducing wind noise that was found on the old model.' He also pointed out an interesting change where the windshield meets the hood. 'There’s this elaborate design, which helps reduce wind noise as well.'
    Read more about Why the 2nd-Generation Subaru Crosstrek Is Better Than the First at AutoGuide.com.

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    Well, I'd be severely disappointed if the 2nd generation didn't see improvements.

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    If Subaru was truly interested in addressing complaints they would put the FB25 engine in it.

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    I wonder if Volvo is made they stole the front end design from them? with out a better power plant it's just lipstick on a pig. that said i still love my 2014
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    This may be a 2nd generation "Crosstrek", but it is actually the 3rd generation Subaru XV based off of the 5th generation Impreza hatch, GT chassis.

    The 2nd generation XV most of us have is based off of the 4th generation Impreza hatch, GP chassis.

    The 1st generation looks like this, based off of the GH chassis.
    http://i.imgur.com/u0s10Yc.png


    And the 1st generation XV's website is still up on the Subaru Global site:
    Subaru Global | New Impreza XV Special Contents

    More proof of its existence in a photo album:
    Subaru Impreza XV - Album on Imgur
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    The mix of economy with the excellent AWD is why they don't go FB25. You'll probably see a 1.6L Turbo before you'll see an FB25. I'm perfectly happy with the FB20 and I climb up to the ski resorts in Colorado frequently. The CVT does a great job keeping it in the power range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AWDfreak View Post
    This may be a 2nd generation "Crosstrek", but it is actually the 3rd generation Subaru XV based off of the 5th generation Impreza hatch, GT chassis.

    The 2nd generation XV most of us have is based off of the 4th generation Impreza hatch, GP chassis.

    The 1st generation looks like this, based off of the GH chassis.
    http://i.imgur.com/u0s10Yc.png


    And the 1st generation XV's website is still up on the Subaru Global site:
    Subaru Global | New Impreza XV Special Contents

    More proof of its existence in a photo album:
    Subaru Impreza XV - Album on Imgur
    That looks like what we had as Outback Sport?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Menel View Post
    That looks like what we had as Outback Sport?
    Unlike the Outback Sport, the Subaru Impreza XV has a proper suspension lift and other mechanical changes that the XV Crosstrek gets over the Impreza (different gearing, bigger wheels/tires, etc).

    It also has real plastic body cladding, not some colored decal.


    Contrary to popular belief, the Subaru Impreza Outback Sport does NOT have a suspension lift. All it has to make it an "Outback Sport" is cosmetic changes that make it look more "rugged" and "outdoorsy" and slightly-taller tires. It does not have true crossover credentials like Subaru's real crossovers such as the Baja, Tribeca, Outback, Forester, XV Crosstrek which all feature raised suspensions..
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    Yeah, not sure I'd go back for a quieter, plusher "meh" drive when the engine will still be a laggard at high elevation. If I was on a cold sea level coast, then maybe. But at 6000 feet? Nope. Just NOPE.

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