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April 26, 2023

Motor Image Launches All-New Subaru Crosstrek; Philippine Launch Imminent

Motor Image has finally launched the all-new Subaru Crosstrek at one of its markets, signaling its imminent launch in the next few months in the Philippines.

Making its debut in Hong Kong, the all-new Subaru Crosstrek takes over from the Subaru XV as the brand’s compact crossover after more than a decade. First launched as a trim for the Impreza in 2010, it was split off as its own nameplate in 2012. The second-generation model, launched in 2017, was significant in that it was the first vehicle equipped with Subaru’s EyeSight driver assist technology in the Philippines.

The third-generation model, codenamed “GU” is available in Hong Kong with two variants, both sharing the same powertrain. The FB20 engine (no hybrid tech yet) continues with the same 156 horsepower and 196 Nm outputs as its predecessor. Power is routed through a Lineartronic CVT driving all four wheels. Zero to 100 km/h is quoted at a relaxed 10.5 seconds, while top speed is listed at 198 km/h.

The two Subaru Crosstrek variants are the 2.0i-L and the 2.0i-S. The base 2.0i-L is immediately distinguishable by its smaller 17-inch wheels, simpler headlights, gunmetal gray grille, manual driver’s seat and sunroof deletion. Both variants though come with a large 11.6-inch portrait-style infotainment screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, USB Type A and Type C ports.

In terms of safety, both variants come packing a full suite of safety gear including the new Subaru EyeSight 4.0. This enhanced version of EyeSight adds a monocular camera to the stereoscopic setup enabling a wider field of detection and adding abilities such as being able to automatically steer the vehicle away from a collision (Automatic Emergency Steering Assist).

Whether or not Motor Image Pilipinas will return to a two-variant line-up for the all-new Subaru Crosstrek is anyone’s guess. However, given that the all-new model will, without a doubt, come with a price increase, it’s more likely than not that Subaru will retain a single variant line-up for the crossover. If that’s the case, expect it to be the top-of-the-line Crosstrek 2.0i-S—echoing the group’s move in Taiwan where reservations for the compact crossover have been opened.

Now, with regards to market timing and availability, the all-new Crosstrek was supposed to have made its Philippine debut at the Manila International Auto Show. However, the latest reports inside Motor Image suggest a standalone debut instead around the middle of the year.

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