Subaru Crosstrek fea­tures new ameni­ties, bold tech­nol­ogy

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Subaru of Amer­ica, Inc. con­tin­ues to bol­ster the safety cre­den­tials of the Crosstrek, the pop­u­lar and roomy com­pact cross­over that has also re­ceived fresh­ened front styling for 2016. The 2016 Crosstrek of­fers new Subaru STARLINK Safety & Se­cu­rity fea­tures and the Blind Spot De­tec­tion / Rear Cross Traf­fic Alert sys­tem, which also in­cludes Lane Change As­sist.

The Subaru Crosstrek sports a more re­fined look for 2016, with a re­designed black grille and chrome ac­cents, new head­lights and front bumper and fog light cov­ers with chrome ac­cent trim. The 2016 Crosstrek also fea­tures new in­te­rior re­fine­ments, in­clud­ing new STARLINK Cloud Ap­pli­ca­tions to ex­pand mu­sic and in­for­ma­tion sources.

Newly avail­able STARLINK Safety & Se­cu­rity fea­tures tech­nolo­gies em­ploy con­nected ser­vices to pro­vide Crosstrek own­ers with the added peace of mind from such ben­e­fits as SOS Emer­gency As­sis­tance, Au­to­matic Col­li­sion No­ti­fi­ca­tion, Monthly Ve­hi­cle Health Re­port and Di­ag­nos­tic Alerts, Re­mote Lock/Un­lock and Stolen Ve­hi­cle Re­cov­ery Ser­vice.

The new safety tech­nolo­gies for 2016 fol­low on the heels of the brand’s award-win­ning Eye­Sight Driver As­sist Tech­nol­ogy in­tro­duced for 2015. When equipped with Eye­Sight, the Crosstrek earned the Top Safety Pick+ rat­ing and a “Su­pe­rior” rat­ing for frontal crash pre­ven­tion from the In­surance In­sti­tute for High­way Safety (IIHS). Eye­Sight in­cludes Adap­tive Cruise Con­trol, Pre-Colli- sion Brak­ing and Ve­hi­cle Lane De­par­ture Warn­ing and is avail­able for the 2.0i Pre­mium and 2.0i Limited trims.

The ver­sa­tile, fun-to-drive Crosstrek com­bines bold 5-door de­sign, a highly ca­pa­ble chas­sis, high fuel econ­omy and in-de­mand mul­ti­me­dia fea­tures. The Crosstrek mod­els are pow­ered by a 148-horse­power 2.0-liter BOXER en­gine, paired with a 5-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion or the avail­able Lin­eartronic CVT (con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion).

Stan­dard Sym­met­ri­cal All­Wheel Drive, high ground clear­ance (8.7 inches), 17inch al­loy wheels and am­ple room for pas­sen­gers and cargo make the Subaru Crosstrek a high-ca­pa­bil­ity cross­over. It’s one of the most fuel-ef­fi­cient all-wheel-drive cross­over util­ity ve­hi­cles in Amer­ica, de­liv­er­ing EPA-es­ti­mated 34-mpg high­way fuel econ­omy — com­pa­ra­ble to smaller crossovers.

More re­fine­ments for 2016

Subaru of­fers three ver­sions of the gaso­line Crosstrek: 2.0i base trim, 2.0i Pre­mium and 2.0i Limited with ad­di­tional ameni­ties and user tech­nol­ogy. Re­fine­ments for the 2016 2.0i base trim in­clude new stan­dard 17-inch al­loy wheels, an il­lu­mi­nated front con­sole stor­age tray, and steer­ing wheel au­dio and Blue­tooth switches. The 2.0i Pre­mium also gains in­te­rior re­fine­ments for 2016, in­clud­ing a leather-wrapped steer­ing wheel and shift han­dle (for man­ual or CVT), and or­ange stitch­ing on both the steer­ing wheel and cloth up­hol­stery.

New safety tech­nol­ogy

Both the 2.0i Pre­mium and 2.0i Limited of­fer the Blind Spot De­tec­tion/Rear Cross Traf­fic Alert sys­tem, which in­cludes Lane Change As­sist, as an op­tion for 2016. That sys­tem is stan­dard on the 2.0i Limited, which also ex­clu­sively of­fers the new STARLINK Con­nected Ser­vices.

Two STARLINK pack­ages are avail­able and are among the most af­ford­able in the in­dus­try. The STARLINK Safety Plus pack­age, which is com­pli­men­tary for the first year and $99 per year af­ter that, in­cludes SOS Emer­gency As­sis­tance, En­hanced Road­side As­sis­tance, Au­to­matic Col­li­sion No­ti­fi­ca­tion, Main­te­nance No­ti­fi­ca­tions, Monthly Ve­hi­cle Health Re­port and Di­ag­nos­tic Alerts. For even greater peace of mind, the STARLINK Safety Plus & Se­cu­rity Plus Pack­age adds Stolen Ve­hi­cle Re­cov­ery Ser­vice, Ve­hi­cle Se­cu­rity Alarm No­ti­fi­ca­tion, Re­mote Lock/ Un­lock, Re­mote Horn and Lights and Re­mote Ve­hi­cle Lo­ca­tor.

Eye­Sight con­tin­ues as an op­tion for the Pre­mium and Limited trims and also comes with Steer­ing-Re­spon­sive Fog Lights. This fea­ture, which works when the fog lights are turned off, ac­ti­vates the left or right fog light in­de­pen­dently, de­pend­ing on ve­hi­cle speed and steer­ing an­gle, to pro­vide en­hanced il­lu­mi­na­tion in the di­rec­tion of the turn. The fog lights are pre-aimed for max­i­mum

cov­er­age in cor­ners.

Up­graded STARLINK Mul­ti­me­dia

The STARLINK Mul­ti­me­dia sys­tems in­tro­duced for the 2015 add more ca­pa­bil­ity for 2016 with the ad­di­tion of new STARLINK Cloud Ap­pli­ca­tions, in­clud­ing Cal­en­dar, Stitcher, Mu­sic Player, News and Weather that join iHeart Ra­dio. The stan­dard STARLINK 6.2” Mul­ti­me­dia sys­tem in the 2.0i and 2.0i Pre­mium trims pro­vides a mul­ti­tude of mu­sic and in­for­ma­tion sources, all through a 6.2-in. multi-func­tion touch screen dis­play with sin­gle-touch ges­ture con­trol. The dis­play also func­tions for the stan­dard Rear Vi­sion Cam­era.

STARLINK 6.2” in­te­grates AM/FM stereo and HD Ra­dio; Ra­dio Data Broad­cast Sys­tem; sin­gle-disc in-dash CD player; Subaru STARLINK smart­phone in­te­gra­tion with Aha In­fo­tain­ment, Pan­dora and STARLINK Cloud Ap­pli­ca­tions; Blue­tooth hands-free phone con­nec­tiv­ity and au­dio stream­ing; iPod con­trol ca­pa­bil­ity and iTunes Tag­ging ca­pa­bil­ity, a USB port and in­put jack, and four speak­ers (six speak­ers on Pre­mium).

The STARLINK 7.0” sys­tem stan­dard for the 2.0i Limited trims works through 7-inch touch screen dis­play with mul­ti­touch con­trol that of­fers swipe and scrolling ges­ture con­trol. This sys­tem of­fers 6-speaker au­dio and all of the fea­tures of the base sys­tem plus voice-ac­ti­vated con­trols; Sir­iusXM All Ac­cess Ra­dio and Travel Link (sub­scrip­tions re­quired); a ve­hi­cle in­for­ma­tion dis­play; SMS text mes­sag­ing, iTunes Tag­ging ca­pa­bil­ity and dual USB ports.

Op­tional for the Limited, the STARLINK 7.0” Mul­ti­me­dia Nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem can be con­trolled with voice com­mands. This op­tion ex­pands con­tent with Sir­iusXM Traf­fic (sub­scrip­tions re­quired for Sir­iusXM prod­ucts).

Built for ev­ery­day driv­ing and rugged ac­tion

The Crosstrek looks the part of a rugged cross­over and backs up its ap­pear­ance with proven Subaru ca­pa­bil­ity. Black side and wheel-arch cladding, rocker spoiler and roof rails pro­vide a rugged con­trast to the body color. The raised ride height, body-color roof spoiler and unique-de­sign 17-inch wheels bol­ster the Subaru Crosstrek model’s go-any­where stance and at­ti­tude. Dark-tint pri­vacy glass is stan­dard.

With raised four-wheel in­de­pen­dent sus­pen­sion, the model’s 8.7 inches of ground clear­ance is higher than for most other crossovers and even some ded­i­cated SUVs, yet the Crosstrek of­fers a com­fort­ably low step-in height. High-strength sus­pen­sion com­po­nents en­hance agility, and hy­draulic en­gine mounts (with CVT) help to damp out vi­bra­tion. The dou­ble-wish­bone rear sus­pen­sion fea­tures pil­low ball bush­ings for an op­ti­mal blend of ride com­fort, straight-line sta­bil­ity, han­dling agility and ve­hi­cle re­sponse.

Both the stan­dard 5-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion and the CVT in­clude the Subaru In­cline Start As­sist fea­ture, which can briefly hold the ve­hi­cle while the driver pulls away from a stop on a hill. Avail­able for the Pre­mium and stan­dard on the Limited, the Subaru Lin­eartronic CVT pro­vides in­fi­nite vari­abil­ity be­tween the high­est and low­est avail­able ra­tios. With ei­ther trans­mis­sion, a stan­dard ECO gauge helps the driver to op­er­ate the ve­hi­cle as eco­nom­i­cally as pos­si­ble.

The CVT con­tin­u­ously and smoothly adapts to per­for­mance de­mand, help­ing to keep the en­gine in its most ef­fi­cient op­er­at­ing range. A 6-speed man­ual mode with steer­ing wheel pad­dle shifters al­lows the driver to con­trol the trans­mis­sion via six pre-set ra­tios. The trans­mis­sion also al­lows “sec­ond gear” starts in or­der to limit the like­li­hood of wheel spin on slip­pery sur­faces.

2.0-liter DOHC BOXER en­gine

The 2.0-liter Subaru BOXER en­gine’s longstroke con­fig­u­ra­tion en­hances torque across the en­gine speed range. A dual over­head camshaft (DOHC) con­fig­u­ra­tion fea­tures Dual Ac­tive Valve Con­trol Sys­tem (DAVCS) — vari­able valve con­trol for both in­take and ex­haust valves — that also op­ti­miz­ing torque de­liv­ery. The en­gine pro­duces 148 hp at 6,200 rpm and 145 lb-ft of

peak torque at 4,200 rpm. Elec­tric power steer­ing re­duces draw on en­gine power and fea­tures a quick steer­ing ra­tio for 2.8 turns lock to lock.

Prac­ti­cal­ity meets com­fort in a roomy pack­age

A 103.7-inch wheel­base yields im­pres­sive in­te­rior roomi­ness in the Subaru Crosstrek, in­clud­ing 35.4 inches of rear seat legroom. With the stan­dard 60/40 split rear seat­backs folded, this ver­sa­tile five-door cross­over pro­vides a flat load floor and up to 51.9 cu­bic feet of car­ry­ing space. Three golf bags or a large baby stroller can be eas­ily loaded. The Pre­mium trim out­fits the cargo area with a re­tractable and re­mov­able shade-type cover, along with a re­mov­able wa­ter­proof cargo tray. Subaru deal­ers of­fer a num­ber of ac­ces­sories for the stan­dard roof rails for car­ry­ing items such as bi­cy­cles and kayaks.

The sporty in­stru­ment panel and 3-spoke steer­ing wheel are aug­mented in all Crosstrek mod­els by a multi-func­tion dis­play with a trip com­puter lo­cated in the cen­ter of the dash­board. Soft-touch ma­te­ri­als for the dash­board, door trim and cen­ter con­sole arm­rest pro­vide a high-qual­ity feel. Front seats are op­ti­mized for a rear-end col­li­sion and fea­ture tilt-ad­justable head re­straints for com­fort. Large door pock­ets can hold plas­tic drink bot­tles and maps, and nu­mer­ous com­part­ments lo­cated in and around the cen­ter con­sole hold all man­ner of to­day’s per­sonal items, such as phones, USB drives and MP3 play­ers.

Subaru value in three trim lines

The Crosstrek up­holds the Subaru tra­di­tion of out­stand­ing value, with the 2.0i base trim in­clud­ing as stan­dard a tilt/tele­scop­ing steer­ing wheel with au­dio and Blue­tooth con­trol switches; power win­dows, door locks and side mir­rors; multi-func­tion dis­play with fuel econ­omy in­for­ma­tion; se­cu­rity sys­tem with en­gine im­mo­bi­lizer; out­side tem­per­a­ture gauge, and car­peted floor mats.

The Pre­mium adds a num­ber of ad­di­tional fea­tures, no­tably the All-Weather Pack­age (heated front seats, heated exter­ior mir­rors and wind­shield wiper de-icer), body-color exter­ior mir­rors, cargo area en­hance­ments and up­graded in­te­rior trim.

In ad­di­tion to fea­tur­ing the Lin­eartronic CVT as stan­dard, the Subaru Crosstrek Limited adds leather-trimmed up­hol­stery, au­to­matic cli­mate con­trol, auto on/ off head­lights and a rear seat arm­rest with dual cup hold­ers. The Limited ex­clu­sively fea­tures an in­su­la­tion-glass wind­shield for a qui­eter ride, an up­graded in­stru­ment clus­ter with LCD color dis­play and exter­ior mir­rors with in­te­grated turn sig­nals. The Limited’s stan­dard Wel­come Light­ing au­to­mat­i­cally ac­ti­vates cabin il­lu­mi­na­tion and exter­ior lights as the driver ap­proaches or departs the ve­hi­cle.

Stan­dard Sym­met­ri­cal All-Wheel Drive

Subaru of­fers two ver­sions of Sym­met­ri­cal All-Wheel Drive in the Crosstrek. With the 5-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion, the AWD sys­tem uses a vis­cous-cou­pling lock­ing cen­ter dif­fer­en­tial to dis­trib­ute torque 50:50 front to rear. Slip­page at ei­ther set of wheels will send more torque to the op­po­site set.

Mod­els equipped with the Lin­eartronic CVT fea­ture the Ac­tive Torque Split ver­sion of Sym­met­ri­cal AWD. An elec­tron­i­cally man­aged con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­fer clutch ac­tively man­ages torque dis­tri­bu­tion based on ac­cel­er­a­tion, de­cel­er­a­tion, and avail­able trac­tion. The Ac­tive Torque Split sys­tem au­to­mat­i­cally trans­fers up to 100 per­cent of the torque to the wheels with the best grip should slip­page oc­cur.

Ve­hi­cle Dy­nam­ics Con­trol (VDC) com­bines sta­bil­ity and trac­tion con­trol func­tions and in­te­grates a rollover sen­sor. A VDC “Off” switch is use­ful for driv­ing out of slushy roads, deep snow or gravel. The “Off” po­si­tion de­ac­ti­vates the sys­tem’s torque-re­duc­tion con­trol, while the an­tilock and trac­tion con­trol re­main ac­tive. The trac­tion con- trol works to aug­ment Sym­met­ri­cal All-Wheel Drive func­tion­al­ity as a sec­ond line of de­fense against wheel slip.

Subaru safety

The Crosstrek is built on the Subaru’s Ring-shaped Re­in­force­ment Frame body struc­ture, which has been proven in more than a decade of use. The roof is strong enough to bear at least four times the ve­hi­cle’s own weight. Front-end struc­tural de­tails help to bol­ster safety for pedes­tri­ans.

In­side, the Subaru Crosstrek fills out its safety ros­ter with a driver’s knee airbag, stan­dard front side pelvis/torso airbags and side cur­tain airbags that of­fer front and rear out­board seat cov­er­age. Dual-stage de­ploy­ment front air bags use sen­sors to de­ter­mine front airbag de­ploy­ment strength for op­ti­mal oc­cu­pant pro­tec­tion. The pas­sen­ger-seat front airbag fea­tures a shell-type de­sign with a cen­ter groove, thus ex­pos­ing the pas­sen­ger to less im­pact force upon de­ploy­ment.

In emer­gency brak­ing, Brake As­sist im­me­di­ately ap­plies pres­sure up to the ABS limit to help in­crease brak­ing ef­fec­tive­ness. The Brake Over­ride sys­tem en- sures that the en­gine power will be cut when the brake pedal and ac­cel­er­a­tor are pressed si­mul­ta­ne­ously.

Subaru of Amer­ica, Inc. of­fers a full line of all-wheel drive sedans, crossovers and SUVs, along with the rear-wheel drive BRZ sports car.

About Subaru of Amer­ica, Inc.

Subaru of Amer­ica, Inc. is a wholly owned sub­sidiary of Fuji Heavy In­dus­tries Ltd. of Ja­pan. Head­quar­tered at a zero-land­fill of­fice in Cherry Hill, N.J., the com­pany mar­kets and dis­trib­utes Subaru ve­hi­cles, parts and ac­ces­sories through a net­work of more than 600 re­tail­ers across the United States. All Subaru prod­ucts are man­u­fac­tured in zero-land­fill pro­duc­tion plants and Subaru of In­di­ana Au­to­mo­tive Inc. is the only U.S. au­to­mo­bile pro­duc­tion plant to be des­ig­nated a back­yard wildlife habi­tat by the Na­tional Wildlife Fed­er­a­tion.

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