Shown in production form as the Subaru XV last September in Frankfurt, the U.S.-spec version makes its debut in New York as the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek. Based on the same architecture that underpins the latest Subaru Impreza the new XV Crosstrek bolsters its unique styling elements with a number of functional platform enhancements that add even more on/off-road capability. It will go on sale here in the fall.
Bolder front/rear fascia treatments, black accent trim on the side sills, wheel arches, rocker spoiler and roof rails, dark-tinted privacy glass and unique 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 225/55 all-season tires accentuate the more aggressive character of the new Subaru XV Crosstrek, which is further reinforced by its raised ride height, upsized antilock disc brakes and a healthy 8.7-inches of ground clearance. All versions of this new Subaru crossover will be fitted with Subie's 148-horsepower/2.0-liter flat-four "boxer" engine and a bespoke version of the automaker's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system augmented by a Vehicle Dynamics Control package that combines traction and stability functions.
Like the Impreza, Crosstrek buyers will be able to choose from two transmissions, each with its own AWD package. Crosstrek's with the five-speed manual get a setup that uses a viscous-coupling locking center differential to shift power front/rear from the normal 50/50 balance while those with the Gen II Lineartronic CVT use an Active Torque Split system that electronically manages power distribution (up to 100 percent to either axle) based on acceleration, deceleration, and available traction. In either case, a new ECO gauge helps the Crosstrek's driver operate the car more efficiently. While EPA numbers have yet to be released, Subaru anticipates they'll log in at 25 mpg city/33 mpg highway/28 mpg combined.
The Subaru XV Crosstrek will be available in Premium and Limited trim grades with features that also parallel those of the Impreza. Key standards of the XV Crosstrek Premium include a full range of power assists, multifunction steering wheel on a tilt/telescoping steering column, six-speaker Radio Data Broadcast System (RDBS) with Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, audio streaming, iPod control capability and AUX/USB ports, a large covered console storage area and numerous stow cubbies/pockets as well as a 60/40 split/folding rear seat.
In addition to making the Lineartronic CVT automatic standard, the XV Crosstrek Limited adds a host of other niceties including leather seats and trim, automatic climate control, auto on/off headlights, and an enhanced audio system with a 4.3-inch display screen, HD Radio and a rear-vision camera. Also in the Limited kit -- and optional on the Premium -- is the All-Weather Package that brings heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors and a windshield wiper de-icer. Both versions of the Subaru XV Crosstrek will offer Premium a power moonroof and voice-controlled navigation system with a 6.1-inch touch screen LCD display as stand-alone options.
Pricing information on the new 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek will be released closer to its on sale date.