Crosstrek: The freshened 2021 Crosstrek is the biggest update to Subaru's portfolio this year thanks to a larger, more powerful engine option. While Subaru has seen great success with the subcompact crossover and is among the leaders in the segment, critics have said the Crosstrek needed more oomph. That should change now that the 2.5-liter engine found in the Legacy, Forester and Outback will power two Crosstrek trims: Sport, which is new with the refresh, and top-of-the-line Limited. The engine has 182 hp and 176 pound-feet of torque, an increase of 30 hp and 31 pound-feet of torque over the 2.0-liter engine in the base and Premium trims. The refresh also brings an updated front bumper and grille to the Crosstrek.
Forester: Subaru's U.S. sales leader through August is likely a couple of years from a freshening.
Outback: As with the closely related Legacy, the Outback midsize crossover is a few years away from a freshening.
Ascent: For the 2021 model year, Subaru's largest model received upgrades to its EyeSight safety system with adaptive cruise control with lane centering and lane keep assist. The three-row crossover is a couple of years away from its first freshening, given Subaru's traditional product cycles.
Global strategic SUV: In 2018 when then newly minted Subaru Corp. CEO Tomomi Nakamura announced his five-year business plan, it included the launch of a "global strategic SUV" in the early 2020s. Subaru has said little about such a model since. Earlier this year, Nakamura told Automotive News that the global strategic SUV "is still under discussion where we have an opening in our portfolio. But, of course, we are thinking of the U.S. as the main market because the volume is there."
Toyota-Subaru battery-electric crossover: Not much is known about the EV fruits of a joint development between Subaru and Toyota, but the two brands will share one platform. It'll be a new nameplate rather than a battery-powered variant of an existing model and will be about the size of a Forester. It might be offered in a front-wheel-drive variant with one motor and an all-wheel-drive layout with two motors. The timing of its arrival has been unclear from the automakers except that it'll be in the first half of the 2020s.