The 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek will make its American debut at the New York auto show in just a few weeks' time, and goes on sale here this fall. However, regular readers will remember that the car was introduced last September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and we even drove the XV Crosstrek in December.
Timing aside, the XV Crosstrek is a five-door crossover based on the Subaru Impreza hatchback. Its raised suspension gives the car 8.7 inches of ground clearance, while black cladding for the fenders and rocker panels contributes to a tough appearance. Also standard on the outside are 17-inch wheels, roof rails unique front and rear fascias, and tinted glass.
The American-market XV Crosstrek is powered by a 2.0-liter boxer-four engine with 148 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque. With the standard five-speed manual transmission, the Subaru has an all-wheel-drive system that splits torque 50-50 between the front and rear axles. With the optional Lineartronic continuously variable transmission, the car can automatically apportion up to 100 percent of engine torque to the wheels with the most traction. Although the EPA has not yet tested the XV Crosstrek, Subaru predicts fuel economy of 25/33 mpg (city/highway). The Impreza on which it's based is rated at 27/36 mpg with the CVT.
Inside the cabin, practical touches abound: storage cubbies in the door panels can accommodate large water bottles, the rear seats fold flat, and the cargo area features useful hooks for shopping bags. Standard equipment on the XV Crosstrek Premium trim includes Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, and a six-speaker sound system. The Limited trim, which comes standard with the CVT, adds leather seats, automatic climate control, automatic headlights, a 4.3-inch touch screen audio system, and a backup camera.
The All-Weather package is standard on the XV Crosstrek Limited and optional on Premium models; it features heated front seats, heated mirrors, and a windshield wiper heater.A power moonroof and a navigation system are standalone options for either trim level.
Subaru hasn't announced pricing yet for the 2013 XV Crosstrek.