Friday, September 11, 2015

'16 Crosstrek Changes

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes!  David Bowie lyrics or not, it's time for the refresh for the Subaru Crosstrek.  The changes start right there: the name.  Subaru has dropped the "XV" name for the 2016 model, which seems a bit odd to me since this vehicle has been advertised internationally as simply the "XV" anyways. Still, the Crosstrek's changes are abundant.

All 2016 Crosstrek models feature a new front fascia and grille, with redesigned headlights and chrome fog light accent trim. 2.0i, 2.0i Premium, and 2.0i Limited Crosstrek models also feature new machine finish 17" alloy wheels, while the Crosstrek Hybrid and Hybrid Touring trim levels now include a gloss-black painted front grille.  The lines in general are very similar to the 2013-2015 models but take some cues from the new front end seen on the 2015 Impreza.

The interior for the previous 2015 year had an infotainment upgrade but there's an aesthetic facelift inside, too.
"Interiors of all models, except the base Crosstrek 2.0i, receive orange stitching on the seats, door armrests, center console, shift lever handles as well as the redesigned steering wheel. For 2.0i Premium models, both the steering wheel and the shift lever handles are now leather-wrapped. Ivory interiors add visual excitement by updating the monotone interior color to a "high contrast" design with a more modern and dynamic-looking ivory and black color combination. The 2.0i Limited and Hybrid Touring models add gloss black and silver dash trim for a more upscale feel. On models equipped with Keyless Access with Push Button start, PIN code access is also now available."
2016 also adds Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert as standard equipment on 2.0i Limited and Hybrid Touring models. These features are included with optional EyeSight on 2.0i Premium models. Additionally, SUBARU STARLINK™ Safety and Security packages make their way onto 2016 models on the Crosstrek 2.0i Limited, Hybrid Touring, and on 2.0i Premium models equipped with Eyesight.

At the end of the day, the changes only add $100 to the sticker price on these.  Below is running footage of the new exterior changes made.  The footage also reveals one of two new colors for the 2016 models: Hyper Blue!  This is an exclusive color for the BRZ and WRX STI for 2016 that is only available in limited numbers for those models, but it is a standard color available for the Crosstrek.  Jasmine Green (from the Impreza and Forester) also gets added to the lineup which replaces the Plasma Green Pearl.
Check out interior, exterior, and optional equipment photos in the Crosstrek Digital Brochure!

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