When i press the trunk release on my remote, the car beeps but the trunk doesnt unlatch. i was inclined to believe that the remote trunk release was standard on crosstreks? am i mistaken or is something not right here...
That makes sense. My guess as to why is that it's much harder to pop a hatch than a trunk. The trunk springs enable it to just pop open a couple inches. If they put strong enough struts in there that the hatch would open by itself that would be downright dangerous! It would take a lot of pressure to pop the hatch a couple inches, and the problem is it wouldn't stop there. If you had enough pressure to get it moving in the struts it would FLY open. Talk about potential for a jaw injury.
That's not accurate at all. The Imprezas current and past have not had this feature. Nor do the outbacks or Legacy wagons because having the hatch pop open (unless it is electronically controlled which costs a ton) would be very dangerous. To have an automatic hatch you have to open and close it using an electronic system which is complex and usually overpriced.
Not to mention, cutting features is not the way to boost sales on a car. All companies will try to give you the maximum features they can within the target price range of any car.
The forester uses and electronic system for the hatch. Part of why the Forester has gone up a bracket in price is a lot of the more expensive features they have added. It would probably take quite a bit to retrofit something onto an XV but I'm sure with enough time and money you could do it.