The all-new, second-generation 2018 Subaru Crosstrek has broken cover at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show.

Subaru originally created the Crosstrek by essentially lifting and dressing up an Impreza hatchback like an SUV. The new Crosstrek reflects the improvements already seen on the redesigned Impreza, which went on sale last year. Both received new safety features and enhanced handling and ride comfort.

Subaru says body rigidity has improved by 70 to 100 percent over the outgoing platform. This, in turn, is said to reduce distortions that can create vibrations that the driver and passengers can feel in the seats, steering wheel, and floor. By all counts, these reductions should make for a smoother and more comfortable ride. And it should make it quieter.

Consumer Reports is testing a 2017 Impreza, and it's definitely quieter than earlier models. In fact, the Impreza is now among some of the most hushed cabins in its class.  

2018 Subaru Crosstrek interior

The engine and transmission are also remodeled. The 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine has been lightened and given more power, while the continuously variable automatic transmission has been fine-tuned to assist with power yet improve fuel economy. (The outgoing Crosstrek returned an impressive 26 mpg overall, achieving 34 mpg on the highway. Read the complete Crosstrek road test.)

To improve handling on slick surfaces, the all-wheel-drive Crosstrek will continue to combine engine control and braking and the ability to vary the power sent to the wheels. And to add to the rough-and-ready personality of the Crosstrek, it will have hill-descent control for restricting speed down steep hills without potentially locking the brakes.

EyeSight, Subaru’s driver-assist technology, will be standard with features that include adaptive cruise control, automatic precollision braking, and lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist. Based on the Impreza’s packaging, it’s a safe bet that the headlamps will now be adaptive, turning toward the direction of travel, and automatically switch from low to high beams. Optional safety features include blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic warning.

Subaru will be showing off the new Crosstrek at the New York International Auto Show in April. 

2018 Subaru Crosstrek rear