NEXT STAGE: Addition in 2020
Subaru will introduce a new Sport version of the Crosstrek for 2021 that will get a 2.5-liter engine instead of the standard 2.0-liter, Subaru of America CEO Tom Doll said, noting that the 2.5 engine also will go into the Limited version of the crossover.
Three models in Subaru's portfolio also have a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter engine: the Forester compact crossover, the Legacy midsize sedan and the Outback midsize crossover. In those models, the four-cylinder engine has 182 hp and 176 pound-feet of torque. The engine was updated when the Forester was redesigned for the 2019 model year.
Subaru has a second 2.5-liter engine in its top performance model, the WRX STI, but that one is turbocharged and boasts 310 hp and 290 pound-feet of torque — making it an unlikely fit for the Crosstrek, given that the crossover is not a performance model.
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