Subaru Won’t Give Us A Turbocharged Crosstrek Because It Already Sells Like Hot Cakes

Subaru’s Crosstrek and Forester have proven to be big hits for the Japanese manufacturer in the US, leading to many requests for a more powerful version.

Subaru’s move to offer the 2020 Legacy with the 260hp turbocharged 2.4-liter flat-four engine has revived the topic, but apparently we’re not going to get a turbocharged Crosstrek anytime soon because the compact crossover is too popular with the customers already as it is.

“You could argue, and some people do, that for the Crosstrek we should have a higher-performance engine in that car,” Subaru North America president Tom Doll told Motor Trend during an interview. “But on the other hand, we’re selling as many as we can get. We haven’t really hit the top with the Crosstrek yet.”

“Same thing for the new Forester. The new Forester is a sensational car, and it’s a home run, particularly the Sport model that you see over here. We just can’t stock it. I think both of those car lines have a 20-day supply or less,” Doll added.

However, Doll did leave the door open for more turbocharged Subarus. “In the future, if we need to hit additional volume targets or if the sales wane a little bit, as a way to try to get additional interest in the car, (we could) offer a higher-performance engine. That’s quite possible.”

So there you have it: if you want a new Crosstrek or Forester with more power, cross your fingers and simply pray for sales of the current models to start declining. That, or just wait for Subaru to efficiently expand its facilities and boost its production levels.

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  • Stephen G

    “Subaru Won’t Give Us A Turbocharged Crosstrek Because It’s Selling Like Hot Cakes”. i wonder if any English teacher out there is feeling any shame.

    • Jay

      What’s wrong with the title? It’s implying that since the car already sells like hot cakes they have no reason to make it better.

      • Stephen G

        “it” – used as subject or direct object or indirect object of a verb or object of a preposition usually in reference to a lifeless thing. In this case “it” refers to “Turbocharged Crosstrek” which is the direct object.

        • Loquacious Borborygmus

          To be fair the na 2.0 flat four tends to be pretty lifeless.

          • Stephen G

            Lol. Apparently people love ’em though.

  • EM1

    A company can never be too confident as competition is always on the horizon. As much as I like Subaru, Mazda seems to be in the limelight too. Their CX-5 is now turbocharge with AWD, and soon will be the brand new Mazda3 will offer AWD in a nice and tight attractive package.

  • DMax

    The only thing I like about this car is that glorious orange color.

  • MarkoS

    The Crosstrek begs for a Turbo, it needed be ridiculous, something slightly north of 200hp would bring in a whole new set of buyers. Cut the BS and do it.

    • Roland Fairwater

      You’re exactly right. The only reason I’m not interested in the Crosstrek is because of the gutless engine.

  • Da Only Skid

    So, in short, stop buying the CrossTek so we can have a turbo’d engine.

    Subaru amazes me at the arrogance they show. Either their facilities are so small that they would worry about demand or they are blind in one and can’t see out of the other.

    The only thing that has ever stopped me from owning a Subby is the lack of power in their vehicles. Having two Pibbles, which means I need space, sometimes the GX is too high for them to jump in (both have hip issues). Just can’t see buying a less competent vehicle from Subby to fulfill that need no matter how much I love my pups or how capable a standard vehicle is.

    Ever drive to Asheville? Up, down, high grades, low grades. The last I want is a boxer-4 to scream it’s lungs out while fighting the 18-wheelers.

    • Bash

      Your opening line is just right on spot!!! ? lol

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    These things are pathetically slow, I have no idea how they’re so popular in mountainous regions. Even when not at elevation, these things are gutless. I can only imagine how slow it would be at 6,000ft.

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  • Roland Fairwater

    That’s a terrible excuse. The Crosstrek is slow as Christmas, and it needs more power.

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  • SpongeBob99Swell

    “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…”

    …Right… and on this occasion?

  • Richard Alexander

    In my imaginary garage lives a Crosstrek turbo with a manual. It sits on offroad steelies with AT tires.

  • SteersUright

    Excuse factory smothered in bravado and false confidence. They’ve had a good run but they’re a tiny company nonetheless. They can’t afford to take risks on niche products in their portfolio like the bigger players can. Even Toyota won’t pay for their own performance car these days, what makes you think Subaru will tinker with versions of their cars that would sell in smaller volumes.

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