Subaru has finally made a utility vehicle for a change, called the XV crossover. The versatile crossover just unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, and it is based on a fourth-generation Impreza.
Even though the 2012 Subaru XV crossover has the Impreza’s platform, it also similar to the original Subaru Outback concept. The XV crossover takes Subaru into the compact crossover segment for the first time in its history. The design of the XV crossover is stylishly dynamic with a sense of functionality of an SUV.
“The fundamental product concept that Subaru adopted for the XV is ‘Urban Adventure,’” Subaru said in a statement. “In specific terms, a vehicle that would be perfectly suited to exciting, lively, yet stress-free use in the city. Thus, Subaru balanced optimal performance factors such as fuel efficiency and enjoyable driving (Fun to Drive) with a stylish, highly distinctive exterior design.”
The interior of the 2012 Subaru XV crossover was created with a combination of different materials such as leather, metal, and cloth to balance the touch and feel of the vehicle. In addition, a Multi-Function Display and a large 4.3 inch full-colour screen for the infotainment system are all to provide the XV crossover with a hi-tech look.
As for the powertrain, the 2012 Subaru XV is powered by either a 1.6-liter or 2.0-liter boxer flat-four engine. Power is transferred to the wheels via either a 5-speed manual gearbox or CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), along with an auto start-stop system to save fuel for city drives.
It is expected that the 2012 Subaru XV crossover will be available in both Europe and U.S. markets by the beginning of 2012. In the U.S. market, the 2012 Subaru XV crossover will replace the Impreza Outback.