The Subaru Crosstrek is a unique package on the road. Derived from the famous Impreza but fitted with raised ride height and standard all-wheel drive, the Crosstrek is more capable in poor weather conditions and on off-road terrains. The model is also comfortable on-road, quiet and well-equipped. Subaru delivers this model in three trims and the electrified powertrain should appear soon. The Croosterk was all-new for the 2018 market year and based on the brand’s typical life span the next update should be for the 2021 model year.

However, speculations appeared suggesting that the model might get special treatment for the next model year in the form of the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek XTI version. This is likely another round of speculations about the high-performance Crosstrek but an idea is very interesting. We heard similar rumors since Subaru presented the 2008 Forester XTI Concept at SEMA but Subaru hasn’t commented yet on this topic.

The rumors suggesting that Crostrek XTI should get a similar treatment as the WRX with more aggressive styling approach and upgraded performance.  The interior should also get unique details and high-level of tech features. The power should come from turbocharged SUBARU BOXER engines.

2020 Subaru Crosstrek XTI

2020 Subaru Crosstrek XTI: Design

Based on the latest rumors the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek XTI should get much more aggressive appearance than the average versions. The same overall body shape will remain but with aerodynamic enhancements and unique wheels and elements the model will stand out from the rest of the model’s lineup.

The front section of the model should get attention with more sculpted low end and larger air intakes. The grille and headlights should look familiar while another detail signaling model’s unique character should be the hood scoop.

Other details making this version unique will be larger 18-inch wheels with special rims, skid plates and polished exhaust tips. The special body paint treatment should also distinguish this version form others.

Interior, Equipment:

Subaru improved the overall interior quality and level of equipment for the recent design and the Crosstrek XTI should also benefit from additional enhancements. The model should use Alcantara and leather pieces while prominent parts of the dash should get carbon fiber treatment. The model will also include sportier instrument cluster and contrasting red stitching should also be the eye-catching detail.

The model won’t also lack modern tech systems. The larger 8-inch touchscreen will manage the brand’s newest infotainment platform with Apple Car Play and Android Auto compatibility and navigation. The part of the package should also be a strong sound system and EyeSight suite. The model will improve traffic awareness and reaction with adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, active lane control and lane departure warning.

2020 Subaru Crosstrek XTI

2020 Subaru Crosstrek XTI: Performance

The current Subaru Crosstrek gets 152 horsepower and torque of 145 pound-feet from the 2.0-liter flat-4 engine. The engine comes in the combination with either 6-speed manual gearbox or continuously variable transmission. The sophisticated all-wheel-drive system is standard on all versions.

If the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek XT sees the light of the day, the reports suggest that engines from Subaru WRX could be employed. If that would be the case the model will improve its performance significantly.  A 2.0-liter SUBARU BOXER four-cylinder engine under the hood of the Crosstrek XTI should provide around 268 hp and torque of 258 pound-feet. A 2.5-liter turbocharged boxer engine might be a more powerful alternative with 310 hp and 290 pound-feet of torque at disposal.

For better driving experience the model would use a manual gearbox while should increase the stopping power with the upgraded braking system. The model will also integrate sport-tuned suspension and capable all-wheel-drive system.

2020 Subaru Crosstrek XTI: Arrival, Price

No signs from Subaru that this kind of the Crosstrek version is on the way. If Subaru would have this model in the works, we would already have the spy shots of the model or more details. So, the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek XTI is likely the matter of speculations but we agree that Subaru should consider this option in contrast to mediocre performance of the available versions.

The price of the Crosstrek XTI would reach $40, 000 if the model arrives or even settle in mid-$40, 000s. 

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