2012 Subaru XV raises the Impreza bar

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Don't call it an Outback Sport. This is Subaru's new XV crossover, and though it totally fits the bill as a successor to the Impreza-based Outback Sports of yore, the Japanese automaker says that this little orange all-roader takes the company "into the compact crossover segment for the first time." (Nevermind that the XV isn't actually a new model, or that it is, minus a few very minor tweaks, exactly what the Impreza Outback Sport used to be).

Looking over the specifications, as before, the XV is pretty close to its Impreza sister, though ground clearance has been upped to a trail-friendly 8.6 inches. Under the hood, two gasoline engines are available, measuring 1.6 and 2.0 liters, and a heavily tweaked version of the diesel Boxer four-cylinder is on tap, as well. Subaru's new start/stop system is also on hand, and when mated to the CVT, Subaru says that the XV is quite efficient (thought we'll wait for official fuel economy numbers before we make any judgments).

It's still unclear if the XV will make its way Stateside. Last we heard, it was only being considered for North America, and it probably wouldn't retain the Outback Sport moniker if it did come over. Hit the jump for Subaru's official press blast and see the little orange CUV for yourself in our attached high-res image gallery.
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Subaru's new XV brings style and engineering excellence to compact crossover segment

Final design stays true to concept study

Interior focus on quality and spaciousness

New generation Boxer petrol and diesel engines feature

CVT and all new Auto Start-Stop system both available

Subaru Automobiles today announced the world premiere of the new Subaru XV (European specifications) at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The launch of the XV takes Subaru into the compact crossover segment for the first time, where combining style but with functionality is key. In this highly competitive segment, the XV will offer something different, and will bring a new level of engineering excellence.

In the XV, Subaru has achieved its aim of providing a stylish and distinctive crossover with trademark Subaru driving dynamics, but combined with high level of functionality and fuel efficiency.


The XV's interior provides:

A spacious and roomy passenger compartment
A cargo area that is both spacious and convenient to use
The door opening dimensions which have been enlarged and a seating position which allows much easier ingress and egress
Ample storage space for small objects provided at ideal locations
Large Multi-Function Display (MFD) which is highly visible in the upper middle section of the instrument panel for comfortable driving
Exterior design

The XV is a new type of crossover design that combines a stylish, dynamic form with a high body and side cladding to enhance the sense of functionality associated with an SUV.

Equipped with a hexagonal grille and hawk eye headlights, these design features emphasise the unique identity of the newest Subaru cars, while the striking and innovatively designed alloy wheels and cut-away cladding give the XV its sporting appearance.

The corners of the front and rear bumpers were designed with special edges that enhance the aerodynamic performance of the vehicle and also contribute to better fuel efficiency.

Interior design

Subaru's designers worked hard on the XV's interior to bring out the best qualities of the chosen materials and to give passengers a feeling of quality as well as spaciousness. Specifically:

An upmarket interior was created by balancing and combining the different tactile and emotional qualities of leather, metal, and cloth
The Multi-Function Display is highly visible in the upper middle section of the instrument panel and provides the driver and passengers with all the necessary information necessary in a highly intuitive format. Higher specification models will get a large 4.3 inch full-colour screen equipped with advanced infotainment such as eco-driving display and vehicle information display
Engines and transmissions

The new, 3rd generation Subaru Boxer engine, introduced this year with a totally new design, is installed in 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre petrol models.Along with the usual merits that horizontally-opposed engines inherently possess, this engine has improved fuel efficiency and exhaust performance. Together with the adoption of the new Lineartronic (CVT), a newly developed "Auto Start System", the fuel efficiency was further improved.

A heavily revised version of Subaru's Boxer Diesel, which was specially developed for the European market, is also featured in the XV line-up.

Making use of the inherent advantages of Chain-driven CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) such as lightness, compactness, superior fuel efficiency and wide ratio coverage, Subaru successfully developed a new CVT for the XV for improved environmental friendliness and drivability.

Fuel efficiency will be further improved through Subaru's advanced new stop-start system

which features a newly developed "change of mind control"* function to enable smooth restart within only 0.2 seconds of stopping.


A number of key features will take the XV to top of the class for safety.

By integrating the partition windows into the front doors and positioning the door mirrors on the door panels, class-leading forward visibility was achieved, and blind spots reduced. A stylish profile with a more streamlined rear roof edge was designed without impairing the rear field of view
In addition to SRS driver's/passenger's airbags, SRS side airbags and SRS curtain airbags, SRS driver's knee airbag are installed as standard in all models
VDC (Vehicle Dynamics Control) is installed in all models as standard. Its 'intervention timing' has been optimised while a brake assist function is also incorporated into the VDC system

Overall Length x Width x Height (mm): 4,450 x 1,780 x 1,570

Wheelbase (mm): 2,645

Track Front/Rear(mm): 1,525 /1,525

Minimum road clearance (at kerb weight)(mm): 220

Seating Capacity: 5

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