2023 Subaru Crosstrek launched in Japan – 145 PS 2.0L e-Boxer; AWD and FWD; priced from RM87k

2023 Subaru Crosstrek launched in Japan – 145 PS 2.0L e-Boxer; AWD and FWD; priced from RM87k

Following its global debut in September this year, the all-new Subaru Crosstrek has now gone on sale in Japan. The name may be unfamiliar to us because we know the crossover as the XV here in Malaysia, but it isn’t for customers in North America.

Previously known as the XV Crosstrek in that part of the world, Subaru has dropped the ‘XV’ moniker since 2015, and for the third-generation model, it simply went with a single global nameplate, the Crosstrek.

In its latest form, the Crosstrek measures 4,480 mm long, 1,800 mm wide, 1,575 mm tall and has a wheelbase spanning 2,670 mm. That makes it slightly longer than its predecessor by 15 mm and with a decreased height by 40 mm, although the width and wheelbase remain identical. The ground clearance is a relatively off-road-friendly 200 mm.

Along with the revised dimensions, the crossover, which is built on an updated version of the Subaru Global Platform (SGP), also sees an evolution of its design. The profile is a familiar one, accompanied with a new front end that features sleeker headlamps that are visually connected by a trim piece running across a larger hexagonal-shaped grille.

2023 Subaru Crosstrek launched in Japan – 145 PS 2.0L e-Boxer; AWD and FWD; priced from RM87k

The fog lamp surrounds are also made more prominent, while the side surfaces have been tidied up to have less creases. As per convention, there’s cladding over the wheel arches and rocker panels, the former with air extractor vents on the front. As for the rear, the brand’s signature C-shaped taillights replace the blocky units of the past, while the lower apron receives rugged-looking trim in matte black.

Inside, the Crosstrek follows in the WRX’s footsteps by adopting a portrait-format infotainment touchscreen that integrates the controls for the climate system. Measuring 11.6 inches diagonally, the display is flanked by vertical air vents on the simpler dashboard that retains an analogue instrument cluster and a familiar steering wheel.

The list of available equipment includes 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps with or without cornering function, powered front seats, roof rails, fabric or leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, heated seats and steering wheel, the EyeSight suite of active safety systems (AEB, lane departure warning, etc.) and SI-DRIVE engine modes.

On that mention, the Crosstrek gets just one engine option in Japan, which is a FB20 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated flat-four that is augmented by a 48-volt mild hybrid system. The latter consists of a 4.8-Ah battery under the boot floor that is linked to a MA1 electric motor rated at 13.6 PS (13.4 hp or 10 kW) and 65 Nm of torque.

2023 Subaru Crosstrek launched in Japan – 145 PS 2.0L e-Boxer; AWD and FWD; priced from RM87k

The electric motor is sandwiched between the FB20 and Lineartronic CVT, with the entire system providing outputs of 145 PS (143 hp or 107 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 188 Nm at 4,000 rpm. Based on the WLTC standard, the fuel economy rating is 16.4 km/l for the front-wheel drive variant and 15.8 km/l for the all-wheel drive.

That’s right, the Crosstrek is available as a front-wheel drive model in Japan, which is a little unusual given Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is the default for powertrains on most of its cars. One reasoning for providing a FWD powertrain is likely as a cheaper alternative for customers in the country.

The base Touring trim with FWD costs 2.662 million yen (RM86,716) inclusive of Japan’s 10% consumption tax, while the AWD version goes for 2.882 million yen (RM93,883). There’s also a higher grade Limited, and that retails for 3.069 million yen (RM99,927) for the FWD and 3.289 million yen (RM107,032) for the AWD.

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Gerard Lye

Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.




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