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Subaru Crosstrek 2024: new Boost Gear concept could preview future Wilderness grade


The concept is based off the hybrid-powered Subaru Crosstrek and is highly specced with a slew of off road modifications 

Subaru Australia has revealed a Crosstrek-based off-road concept vehicle at the Subienats event held in Sydney over the weekend, a model that initially debuted at the Tokyo Auto Salon. 

Based upon a Subaru Crosstrek hybrid variant, the Boost Gear concept is arguably the most decked-out Crosstrek we’ve seen from the Japanese automaker locally. 

The concept features an array of modifications, including alloy side steps, tool holders, wide front fenders, an awning shade system by Rhino Rack and integrated LED light bars in the front grille. 

2023 Subaru Crosstrek Boost Gear concept Toyo tyres
The Subaru Crosstrek Boost Gear concept wears Toyo tyres

Blair Read, Subaru Australia’s managing director, said that the Boost Gear concept has debuted “as we look at extending our offerings in this space”. 

More off-road oriented Crosstrek Wilderness coming to Australia 

Subaru Australia previously confirmed to Chasing Cars four months ago that it would be bringing the Wilderness variants to local shores, meaning that the Outback, Forester and Crosstrek models were likely to benefit. 

2023 Subaru Crosstrek Boost Gear concept rear 3/4 image
This concept also features a roof rack system and awning for hot summer days

“Wilderness will come within the range. We are working hard on plans to get Wilderness models to Australia,” Blair Read said at the time. 

For the Crosstrek, the Wilderness variant seen in the US brings a higher 236mm ground clearance, a revised differential ratio and some aesthetic differences over a standard Crosstrek. 

But the Crosstrek Wilderness seen in the US, is not necessarily a guarantee of what could end up in Australian showrooms.

2023 Subaru Crosstrek Boost Gear concept side angle
The Subaru Crosstrek Boost Gear concept hints at a future Wilderness model

The Boost Gear Crosstrek concept could be hinting at a locally-available off-road focused version of the small SUV that could come down the line, with the fully-loaded Subie designed to gauge what buyers do, and do not, want.

Expect to hear more about this model in the next few months as we approach 2024.