Subaru today unveiled the production ready version of its all-new 2012 XV at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The XV (don’t dare call it an Outback Sport) will be Subaru’s Impreza-based compact crossover and is designed for those who enjoy what Subaru calls, “Urban Adventure.”
At first glance, the XV looks like no more than a Day-Glo orange 2012 Impreza hatch with an lift kit bolted on, along with some sweet 18-inch wheels. In reality, the 2012 XV actually features quite a few pieces of trim that distinguish it from the Impreza. While the XV sports the same grille and hawk eye headlights as the Impreza, let your eyes drop a bit lower and you’ll notice that the XV has unique fog light cutouts, a unique (and quite cool looking) lower air intake. Subaru said that it designed the corners of the XV’s front and rear bumpers with special edges to enhance aerodynamics and thus, fuel economy. Like prior XV/Outback Sport models, the 2012 model also wears black-plastic body cladding – although nowhere near the same amount as its predecessors.
While the 2012 Subaru XV might have an exterior that’s relatively different from what’s found on the 2012 Impreza, the interior and engine choices are mostly all carryover. The XV has the same interior as the new Impreza, but with a slightly higher seating position to allow passengers easier in and egress in the lifted hatch. Engine offerings are also shared with the Impreza: Europeans will have the choice of a 1.6-liter flat-4, the new 2.0-liter flat-4 and Subaru’s 2.0-liter diesel flat-4. Subaru has yet to confirm if the XV is headed to our shores as the Outback Sport (presently, an Impreza Sport is the closest offering), but if so, expect the 2.0-liter engine to be the sole offering. Transmission choices will be limited to Subaru’s new CVT and a five-speed manual transmission.
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