Based on the Impreza platform, the XV Crosstrek promises to blend versatility with fuel economy and comfort. All models will come with Subaru’s 2.0-liter boxer-four engine, which produces 148 horsepower while returning a Subaru-estimated 25 mpg city and 33 mpg highway fuel economy (EPA estimates are still pending).
Like all Subarus except the upcoming BRZ coupe, the XV Crosstrek gets the automaker’s symmetical all-wheel-drive for sure-footed traction in any weather. The four-wheel independent suspension is raised compared to Impreza models, which should give the XV Crosstrek the ability to navigate fire roads as well as pavement.
The base gearbox is a five-speed manual with an included hill-holder feature, but a “Lineartronic” CVT is available for Crosstrek Premium and standard on Crosstrek Limited models. Unfortunately, a conventional automatic is not an available option, although the CVT does offer a manual mode with six simulated gears.
Inside, expect plenty of storage compartments and a generous amount of rear seat legroom, which Subaru says will rival some midsize cars. With rear seats folded, the Crosstrek XV will give owners a flat load surface with some 52 cubic feet of storage space. A standard cargo cover keeps valuables out of sight with the back seat in place.
The XV Crosstrek will come in Premium and Limited trim levels, with even Premium models getting a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls; Bluetooth phone integration and audio streaming; power doors, locks and windows; security system; iPod control and USB/auxiliary in jacks.
Opt for the Limited, and the content includes heated front seats; heated mirrors and a windshield wiper de-icer. Available for both trims are options like a power moonroof and a navigation system with a 6.1 inch touchscreen display that doubles as a rearview monitor.
Look for the 2013 XV Crosstrek to hit Subaru dealers in the U.S. this fall.