Subaru has announced it will debut the 2013 XV Crosstrek at next month's New York Auto Show. While based on the company's Impreza platform, engineers worked in several tweaks to the body and chassis to imbue it with a bit more crossover utility. Additional ride height delivers 8.7 inches of ground clearance and a smattering of black plastic cladding helps the vehicle further stand out from its donor platform.

A 148-horsepower, 2.0-liter boxer four-cylinder engine provides power and should deliver up to 33 miles per gallon on the highway. That's not a stellar number for a vehicle this size, but as Subaru points out, it's good enough to help the XV Crosstrek nab the honor of being the most fuel-efficient all-wheel drive crossover on the market. Buyers may bolt the engine to either a five-speed manual transmission or CVT.

Inside, the rear seats can be folded completely flat for around 52.4 cubic feet of cargo area. With the seats up, rear passengers can look forward to around 35.4 inches of leg room. Look for the XV Crosstrek to hit dealers this fall. In the meantime, hit the jump to check out the full press release and keep an eye out for our New York Auto Show coverage starting April 4.
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2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek® to Debut at New York International Auto Show

- New fun-to-drive, high-capability compact crossover
- 2.0-liter BOXER® engine and up to 33 miles per gallon
- Standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, 8.7 inch ground clearance
- Available in Premium and Limited models
- Comprehensive infotainment technology

CHERRY HILL, N.J., March 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Subaru of America, Inc. today announced that it is expanding its line of award-winning crossover-type vehicles with the all-new 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek. The versatile, fun-to-drive Subaru XV Crosstrek, which arrives this fall, combines bold five-door design with an expanded-capability chassis, high fuel economy and everyday comfort. The new Subaru XV Crosstrek will debut at the 2012 New York International Auto Show.

Subaru based the new Subaru XV Crosstrek on the Impreza® platform, making significant changes to the chassis and body and configuring interior standard equipment and options specifically for this new model. All 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek models are powered by a 148-horsepower 2.0-liter BOXER engine, teamed to Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive via a five-speed manual transmission or available second-generation Lineartronic® Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

Although official the Environmental Protection Agency fuel economy figures are not yet available, Subaru projects the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek to be the most fuel-efficient all-wheel drive crossover on the market. Manufacturer-estimated fuel economy figures are 25 mpg city / 33 mpg highway / 28 mpg combined. The 15.9-gallon fuel tank in the Subaru XV Crosstrek is 1.4 gallons greater than that in the Impreza models.

Built for Rugged Action or Everyday Driving

Compared to the Subaru Impreza five-door model it is based on, the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek incorporates numerous body and chassis enhancements for its expanded-capability mission. Black side- and wheel-arch cladding, rocker spoiler and roof rails provide a rugged contrast to the body color. The higher ride height, roof spoiler and unique-design 17-inch wheels bolster the Subaru XV Crosstrek model's go-anywhere stance and attitude. Front and rear bumpers and the front grille are unique to the Subaru XV Crosstrek, and dark-tint privacy glass is standard.

The rugged styling is backed up by function, as the four-wheel independent suspension features a raised configuration in the Subaru XV Crosstrek. The new crossover model's 8.7 inches of ground clearance is higher than for most other crossovers and even some dedicated SUVs. The Subaru XV Crosstrek uses standard 17-inch alloy wheels with 225/55 R17 all-season tires to provide all-weather traction and performance. The four-wheel disc brake system in the Subaru XV Crosstrek features larger front rotors than on the Impreza 2.5i models.

The standard five-speed manual transmission includes the Subaru Incline Start Assist feature, which will briefly hold the vehicle while the driver coordinates brake and clutch to pull away from a stop on a hill. Available for the Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium models and standard on the Limited trim line; the Subaru Lineartronic CVT provides infinite variability between the highest and lowest available ratios with no discernable steps or shifts. The CVT continuously and smoothly adapts to performance demand, helping to keep the engine in its most efficient operating range. A six-speed manual mode with steering wheel paddle shifters allows the driver to control the transmission via six pre-set ratios. With either transmission choice, a standard ECO gauge helps the driver to operate the vehicle as economically as possible.

Subaru Safety

For safety, the Subaru Ring-Shaped Frame Reinforcement body structure has been proven in more than a decade of use. Inside, the Subaru XV Crosstrek fills out its safety roster with a driver's knee airbag and standard front side pelvis/torso airbags and side curtain airbags that offer front and rear outboard seat coverage. The passenger-seat front airbag features a shell-type design with a center groove, thus exposing the passenger to less impact force upon deployment.

Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) combines stability and traction control functions. Traction control works to augment the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive functionality. The 4-wheel disc Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) integrates Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and the Brake Assist safety system. A new Brake Override system ensures that the engine power will be cut when both the brake and accelerator are pressed simultaneously.

Standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

Subaru offers two different Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive systems in the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek models. With the five-speed manual transmission, the AWD system uses a viscous-coupling locking center differential to distribute power 50/50 front to rear. Slippage at either set of wheels will send more power to the opposite set.

Models equipped with the Lineartronic CVT feature the Active Torque Split version of Symmetrical AWD. An electronically managed continuously variable transfer clutch actively manages power distribution based on acceleration, deceleration, and available traction. The Active Torque Split system automatically transfers more power (up to 100 percent) to the wheels with the best grip should slippage occur.

Roomy, Versatile Interior

A 103.7-inch wheelbase yields impressive interior roominess in the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek. Rear seat legroom in the Subaru XV Crosstrek of 35.4 inches is close to that of some midsize cars. Large door pockets can hold plastic drink bottles and large maps. Numerous compartments located in and around the center console hold all manner of today's personal items, such as phones, USB drives and MP3 players.

With the standard 60/40 split rear seatbacks folded, this versatile five-door crossover provides a completely flat load floor with up to approximately 52.4 cubic feet of carrying space. The cargo area is outfitted as standard with a cover that can be pulled into place or removed, a removable waterproof tray, tie-down hooks, and grocery bag hooks. Subaru dealers will offer a number of accessories for the standard roof rails for carrying items like bicycles and kayaks.

Two Trim Lines

Subaru will offer the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek in Premium and Limited models, the latter adding additional luxury amenities and infotainment technology. Among the standard features in the Premium are a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio and Bluetooth® control switches; power windows, door locks and side mirrors; multi-function display with fuel economy information; security system with engine immobilizer; outside temperature gauge, and carpeted floormats. The standard audio system in the Premium model features Bluetooth® hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming, Radio Data Broadcast System (RDBS), iPod® control capability, USB port, 3.5mm aux. input jack and six speakers.

In addition to making the Lineartronic CVT standard, the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited adds leather-trimmed upholstery, steering wheel and shift handle; automatic climate control system; auto on/off headlights, and a rear seat armrest with dual cupholders. A standard display-type audio system in the Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited incorporates a rear-vision camera and also features a 4.3-inch display screen and standard HD Radio™.

Standard on the Limited and available for the Premium, the All-Weather Package gives the Subaru XV Crosstrek heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors and a windshield wiper de-icer. Both the Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium and Limited offer a power moonroof and a navigation system as standalone options. The navigation system uses a 6.1-inch touch screen LCD display and integrates a rear-vision camera, voice control, iTunes® tagging, SMS text messaging capability, XM Satellite Radio® and XM NavTraffic® (both XM services require subscriptions). Updated map data can be downloaded to a personal computer and then transferred into the system via secure digital (SD) card.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      I test drove the 2012 Imprezza and expected it to be 'meh' and walked away in love with it. The XV, for me, will only make that car even better.
        • 2 Years Ago
        +1 I was set on getting a Mazda3 Skyactiv as my next car till I test drove a new Impreza Wagon/Hatch.
      • 2 Years Ago
      We just bought a 2012 Forester and there was a 2012 Impreza hatch in the showroom and I have to say I was impressed. The interior on that car is worlds beyond our 2000 Impreza's. Even had a "soft-touch" dash. If you've ever been in a Subie, you know their interiors are historically cheap. If the XV was here today, we may have purchased that instead of the Forester.
      • 2 Years Ago
      bring the euro boxer diesel to the U.S.A. This is the perfect application.. not to mention Forester, Legacy, and Tribeca (if they still exist)
        Bobby G
        • 2 Years Ago
        Every year at the L.A. Auto Show, I visit the Sub booth to ask 'em if they're going bring the diesel here in ANY model and invariably they hem & haw and offer "We're thinking about it." And every year they punk out, leaving it to the Germans to become further entrenched.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like. This is more of the direction Honda should go with the CrossTour. I like the extra ground clearance, the fender flares. Subaru should offer a more potent engine. Use the Forrester XT engine. Subaru VX XT
      • 2 Years Ago
      the best 4 wheel drive systems + the most fuel efficient = the car for frequent long-distance drivers.
        • 2 Years Ago
        Long distance driving in a Subaru . . . You've got to be kidding. If you've ever spent more than an hour in a Subaru on a U.S. freeway . . . It's got to be one of the most miserable experiences ever. Both my sister in law (Impreza owner) and a close friend (Outback owner) have tortured me with extended drives in these cars and both are undeniably uncomfortable, loud, plastic clad rocks-on-wheels. Terrible road dynamics. The worst seats ever, like sitting on the floor in lawn chairs with cushions. Grossly underpowered and so cheaply put together I always feel sorry for them. They shake and shudder and rattle at every bump. And the Outback is supposed to be a mid or upper level trim Subaru. Any time they even suggest taking their cars I insist on driving mine to avoid the depressing torture of riding for any distance in their Subaru's.
          • 2 Years Ago
          Off the top of my head I can name many car's that are way more uncomfortable than a subaru. True Subaru isn't a luxury car, they don't claim to be, but the very best all wheel drive system + the best awd gas milage = winning!
          • 2 Years Ago
          I will agree the seats in my WRX are uncomfortable. As a twenty-something it was great for 6 hour trips to go skiing, but not 10 years later with a family it does not cut it.
      • 2 Years Ago
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bring on the STI version of this :P
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm loving the new Mazda CX-5, but I will give Subaru a lot of credit here. The option of AWD, with fuel efficiency, with a MANUAL transmission. Now, just make it a 6-speed manual please!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Anyone else disappointed that they lowered the Impreza engine size and output this generation? I don't need 0-60 in 5 flat, but 148HP is getting to be slow vs. their peers. Other manufacturers have gone to direct injection and turbo charging to get acceptable power and mileage, why can't Subie? I mean my Sonata has 265HP and gets 33 on the highway. Even their new generation of engines will not be direct injected. Every time I've shopped for a car Subaru was my 2nd choice. The reason I didn't buy the WRX is because of the teenage interior, and the reason I didn't buy the Legacy GT or 3.6 is because the local dealer didn't even bother to inventory one... and that it was overpriced vs the competitors.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder how much additional suspension travel this lift provides. Are they simply lifting the body up relative to the suspension hard points, or are they really adding travel? With a Cosworth engine rebuild, this could make for kind of a cool off-road rally car. It's just hard to tell how much of the clearance is for looks versus true terrain-handling ability.
        • 2 Years Ago
        Previous Outback Sports had some additional suspension travel so perhaps this does too. As for a rally car, I doubt it. The days of the Impreza as a starting point for a rally car seem to be over. This car was designed with fuel economy and comfort in mind. In the process it lost some of the ruggedness that allowed it to be basis for the WRX and STI.
      ten sixtysix
      • 2 Years Ago
      Design of a1985 Hyundai or Dodge...yuck!
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Dodge Caliber just called and wants it's rear end back . . . the rest of the vehicle is okay, just nothing much to get excited about . . . more ham handed styling in a boring crossover thingy with poor ride dynamics and clumsy handling and lots of ugly black plastic cladding that will look like **** in a few years . . . blah blah blah . . . zzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
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