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Subaru Bringing New XV Crosstrek to U.S. Market

“Next-generation crossover” to debut in New York.

by on Mar.23, 2012

Subaru will introduce the new XV Crosstrek at the NY Auto Show next month.

Subaru is bringing its “next-generation crossover,” the new XV Crosstrek, to the U.S. market and will give potential American buyers a closer look at the New York Auto Show next month.

The latest crossover in the Japanese maker’s expanding line-up will share its basic underpinnings with the latest-generation Impreza.  But the CUV will get a bit more ground clearance improving its off-road capability – or at least its ability to maneuver through snowstorms and other suburban hazards.

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The Subaru XV Crosstrek will feature four-wheel independent suspension and will share the symmetrical all-wheel-drive system offered in all Subaru products save the maker’s new BRZ sports coupe – the latter developed as part of a joint venture with Toyota.

The Crosstrek shares the Impreza's underpinnings.

The maker plans to offer the new crossover in two trim levels, the Premium and Limited.  Both will be powered by a 2.0-liter boxer four engine making 148 horsepower and delivering an estimated 25 mpg City/33 Highway.  (Final EPA numbers have not yet been released.)

Standard-issue is a five-speed manual that will offer a hill-hold function, which prevents the car from rolling backwards when shifting into gear on a steep incline.  The alternative gearbox is a “Lineartronic” CVT.  While no conventional automatic is available, the CVT can be switched to a manual mode simulating six individual gears.

Though officially a compact, Subaru claims the interior will match the roominess of some midsize models.  With the rear seats down cargo capacity will be 52 cubic feet.

The Subaru XV Crosstrek made its global debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show last autumn.  The U.S. debut will be followed by a sales launch this coming September.

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