Posts Tagged ‘xv crosstrek’

Subaru XV Design Concept Debuted at 2016 Geneva Show

Posted by Stephen On Friday, March 4th, 2016

Whether it’s speed or performance boundaries that you’re looking to see redefined or it’s innovative technology and luxury that you’re looking to get your fill on, the Geneva Motor Show is where you’ll find all of the above in one exciting place. This is where leaders of the car industry come to show off their latest and greatest concepts in automobiles and every big car company highlights this week on the calendar as the time to present the most advanced vehicles to the world. Among the featured cars for this year’s March Madness, Subaru had a little something to earn bragging rights.

Subaru XV Concept Geneva 2016

For those who don’t remember, Subaru debuted a couple of Impreza concepts at the Tokyo, and Los Angeles car shows last year. The first car was one was a five-door hatch, and the second car was a sedan. However, the Impreza collection also includes the elevated Crosstrek, known as the XV in most other markets. So now at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, Subaru presents the first certified preview at the high-riding, next-generation Impreza, by way of this XV Concept.

While the specifics were few, what you see is what you get here. The XV certainly has a more powerful take on the sedan and hatchback models that came before it, in keeping with the Crosstrek’s character. The new concept rides on 19-inch wheels which definitely won’t make it to production, and you can anticipate some sort of boxer four-cylinder engine to drive power to all four wheels.

All in all, the XV Concept does look pretty decent. However, Subaru has a very long history of making eye-catching concept cars that don’t exactly carry their attractiveness over to production. Nonetheless, the existing Crosstrek has a bit of a rugged handsomeness to it, so let’s hope something parallel occurs when this concept ultimately transforms into a production model in the upcoming year.

Subaru Levorg S Concept & Legacy B4 Blitzen Shown in Tokyo

Posted by Stephen On Friday, January 16th, 2015

The 2015 Detroit Motor Show isn’t the only newsworthy events going on this week. For many automakers, the Tokyo Auto Salon is just as important. As it happens, Subaru is one of those automakers; they don’t have anything to show in Detroit, but they do have two brand-new concepts on stage in Tokyo.

Subaru Levorg S Concept

Subaru Levorg S Concept

Subaru showed us a new Levorg ‘Concept’ at the Tokyo Motor Show late last year, which is a sporty station wagon that Subaru fans everywhere have been requesting for years. We say ‘concept’ in quotes because, while it was officially dubbed a concept, it was and is really a production-ready vehicle. In fact, Subaru has already started taking orders for their new model, which are set to ship in May or June of this year.

While the Levorg has already garnered a heap of praise for its sporty throwback appeal to the good ol’ days of Subie, the Japanese automaker is bringing things up a notch at the Tokyo Auto Salon with the new Levorg S Concept. This can basically be seen as a Levorg STI model, even though Subaru isn’t officially calling it an STI. However, the STI badging that can clearly be seen on the car itself and the booth around it, and it bears the blue and orange color-scheme typical of other STI models.

Subaru Levorg S Concept STI

In addition, Subaru has completely overhauled the front fascia with extra-large air vents, a carbon fiber front spoiler, a new tightknit mesh grille and carbon fiber side-mirror caps for an extra bit of flair. You’ll also find new sculpted side skirts, and a matching carbon fiber rear diffuser with a carbon fiber roof and rear roof spoiler, along with two extra-large exhaust pipes for good measure. The exterior design is capped off with a set of 19-inch BBS alloys with Michelin’s PSS tires.

As you’d expect with any STI, a number of performance enhancements have been made to match the sportier design. From what we know right now, those include a new STI-tuned suspension, a six-speed sports manual transmission with AWD, and a tuned-up 2.0L boxer turbo to seal the deal, although specific performance specs haven’t been released.

Subaru Levorg S Concept interior

The performance feel continues inside with new Alcantara and leather bucket seats, aluminum pedals, a partially Alcantara wrapped steering wheel, and a bright red push-button ignition to match the STI color scheme inside.

Unfortunately, no word on when the Levorg STI will make it to production, although it does seem very likely that it eventually will. There’s a chance it’ll start shipping with the normal Levorg this summer, but our bet is that we’ll see it later this year as a 2016MY.

Subaru Legacy B4 Blitzen Concept

Subaru Legacy Blitzen Concept

Unlike the Levorg S Concept, the revised Legacy Blitzen doesn’t seem to have any ties to the STI sub-brand. Instead, it’s simply a sportier version of the admittedly rather plain-looking Subaru Legacy sedan. However, like the Levorg S, this new Legacy gets a host of exterior modifications, predominantly in the front and rear bumpers.

Subaru Legacy B4 Blitzen Study

Noteworthy additions include a new front lip spoiler, a glossy black grille, an eye-catching “Premium Red” paintjob, a new split rear spoiler, low-riding side skirts, and plenty of carbon fiber trim to go around. Plus, you’ll notice new 19-inch alloys with Bridgestone tires.

Subaru Legacy B4 Blitzen Interior

Inside, the upgrades continue with a totally overhauled interior that bears a striking resemblance to the Levorg S’ interior, albeit in a tamer black-and-beige color-scheme. The only thing missing are the Levorg’s new bucket seats, but they won’t be missed with the quilted leather and Alcantara seats in the Legacy.

Subaru XV Sport Concept

It should be noted that Subaru also showed a similarly revised version of the XV Crosstrek called the Subaru XV Sport Concept, pictured above, but you can see that the revisions are largely the same as those for the Legacy B4 Blitzen, albeit in yellow instead of red. Front lip spoiler, matte black roof, rear spoiler, rich black alloys and a sporty interior (below)… You get the idea.

Subaru XV Sport Concept Interior

Japan Car Auction Finds: Subaru Impreza XV Hybrid

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

To give you an idea of just how quickly newly launched models start appearing at the auctions, check this out: It wasn’t but a few weeks back that we posted here about Subaru’s first hybrid car, the Crosstrek XV Hybrid.

Inside Japan, this car is known as the Impreza XV Hybrid, and here is a grade S (brand new) one with just 10KM on the clock at auction in Japan on Thursday. Yes, the auctions in Japan are a great source for any kinds of cars ancient to brand new. Just what you would expect considering that 7.2 million used vehicles passed through the auctions in 2012.

Here’s the link to see this car in our online system —

Impreza XV Hybrid Front

Impreza XV Hybrid Rear

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid – Official Specs & Pricing Finally Unveiled

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

After seeing the official production model of the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid at the 2013 New York Auto Show earlier this year, we’ve been awaiting a full rundown on the Japanese brand’s first-ever hybrid vehicle. With the AWD compact crossover slated to go on sale later this year, we knew full specs would be coming soon. Well, soon is finally here… We now know almost everything that can be known about the XV Crosstrek Hybrid without actually getting behind the wheel and driving it.

The most crucial previously unknown information about the Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid is the pricing. According to Subaru’s official press release, there will be two separate trim levels available. The regular XV Crosstrek Hybrid will start at $25,995 in the US plus up to $825 as a destination charge (varies by state, $945 in Alaska). The more upscale Hybrid Touring trim level will start at $29,295, surpassing $30,000 when you include the full destination charge.

The extra $4,000 or so between the regular XV Crosstrek and the XV Crosstrek Hybrid buys you a 148hp 2.0L four-cylinder boxer engine (in typical Subaru style) with a 13.4hp electric motor, both paired to a Lineatronic CVT. The hybrid powertrain adds approximately 5mpg city and 4mpg highway to the Crosstrek’s EPA rating, coming out to an improved 28mpg/34mpg respectively. Although, note that the US EPA hasn’t actually rated the Crosstrek Hybrid’s fuel economy; these numbers are put forth by Subaru only.

As you may have noticed, the electric motor that accompanies the boxer engine is quite small.  This means there likely won’t be any electric-only mode available, since a larger vehicle like the XV Crosstrek simply requires too much power to move any real distance.  Instead, the press release tells us that, “the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid builds upon the utility and versatility of the gas model, while offering enhanced handling.” The electric motor is there to conserve fuel and energy during both acceleration and deceleration, and to help the XV Crosstrek make the most of its Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system.

As far as features, both of the Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid trim levels get some pretty significant upgrades.  There is a new 4.3” full-color multi-function display built into the front dashboard. This LCD screen can show anything from power flow to driving conditions, to rear vision from the backup camera, to entertainment info. The Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Touring trim also gets a 6.1” navigation touch-screen and extra goodies like iTunes tagging, text messaging, and satellite radio and navigation, as well as Aha Infotainment smartphone integration.

The 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid is intended to retain the utility of the original Crosstrek, which was nothing short of a homerun for Subaru, selling over 45,000 units its first year. Towards that end, both trim levels will get adventurer-friendly features such as a removable waterproof cargo tray in the back, tie-down hooks, and standard roof rails fitted with accessories for kayakers, bikers and skiers.

Subaru has always been most appealing to an environmentally conscious demographic, so it’s hard to imagine a hybrid version of their uber-popular compact crossover be anything less than a blockbuster success.  Either way, we’ll know for sure when the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid goes on sale later this year – stay tuned.

Subaru Unveils WRX Concept and XV Hybrid at 2013 New York Motor Show

Posted by Stephen On Friday, March 29th, 2013

The 2013 New York Motor Show is finally upon us, and with it a plethora of new and revised Japanese cars to ogle at. To kick things off, we thought we’d start with two of the most highly anticipated vehicles, Japanese or otherwise, to be unveiled in New York – the Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid and the Subaru WRX Concept. As you continue reading, you’re going to get everything we now know about these two vehicles.

Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

You probably know that the Subaru XV is not a new car… It’s been selling well for about a year now. However, the XV Crosstrek Hybrid is a big deal because it’s Subaru’s first ever hybrid vehicle.

The new XV Crosstrek Hybrid features the same 2.0L 148hp boxer engine that we’ve enjoyed in the standard version, but it’s been tied to a 13.4bhp electric motor and 100V nickel hydride battery. The whole configuration adds about 200 lbs to the XV’s weight, but it apparently has virtually no impact on the car’s storage capacity since it’s been carefully fitted into the rear of the car.

Subaru XV Hybrid

The hybrid configuration allows the Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid to manage 31 mpg city and 34 mpg on the highway. This is actually better fuel economy than a non-hybrid 2013 Honda Accord, by point of comparison. Additionally, Subaru tells us that the hybridized Crosstrek is capable of an electric-only mode at low speeds, although we don’t know very much about it.

Other than the hybrid powertrain, there are very few differences between the current Subaru XV and the hybrid version we’ve seen in New York. The dashboard panel has been improved and updated to give the driver information about the car’s power consumption, but other than that the biggest difference is a new paint job – Plasma Green Pearl. Subaru says their hybrid will go on sale in the US later this year.

Subaru WRX / STi Concept

As happy as we are to see a hybrid from Subaru, the car that really gets our heart pumping is the new Subaru WRX Concept. This is a car we can get giddy about… I mean just look at it!

Subaru WRX Concept


The new WRX Concept comes after much begging from Subaru fans for an updated version of the Subaru Impreza WRX. The Impreza has always been a great car, but the WRX and WRX STi performance editions have always felt… Forced. Like Subaru took the Impreza and simply jammed on some pronounced lips and a powerbulge. It just felt unnatural.

The Subaru WRX Concept, on the other hand, is enough to make you forget all about the Impreza’s past woes. You can tell that this concept was built from the ground up with performance in mind. Aggressive styling, massive 20 inch alloy wheels, a huge hexagonal grille, a rear diffuser and a powerbulge that actually looks needed all contribute to a performance concept that we can’t wait to see more of. Plus, the electric blue paint job with lime green accents is very appealing.

And did you see the carbon fiber roof? So sleek! And functional too – It allows the WRX to maintain a lower center of gravity.

Subaru is keeping quiet about when we can actually expect to see a production model of the new WRX…. apparently they want to see how customers react before they move forward. Well, I hope that you’re reading this Subaru, because I would love nothing more than to see this car on the road! Internet, you know what to do: Call your local Subaru dealer now!

As for you, my dear reader, I hope you’ll take some time to look through the available photos of the Subaru WRX Concept and XV Crosstrek Hybrid. Both cars look great, although they cater to two very different demographics. Either way, thank you for reading, and stay tuned tomorrow for more coverage of the 2013 New York Motor Show.

Sources: Carscoops, Carscoops

Japanese Cars in the 2013 New York Motor Show Previewed

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

We’re less than 48 hours away from the 2013 New York Motor Show, so it’s time to take stock of our previews. Below you will get an overview of all the Japanese cars you can expect to see unveiled over the next few days in New York. I’m sure you’ll find a few on this list to keep an eye on.

New York International Auto Show 2013

We’ve got a lot to cover, so let’s jump right in:

Acura MDX

We’ve already talked about the Acura MDX, so I’m not going to say too much about it here. Basically, the MDX will get a facelift and some minor updates, including a V6 engine and some slight interior tweaks.

Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid

The 2013 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid has already been on sale in a select few states, including New York. The 2014 version we’ll see at the motor show will have an improved fuel economy that’s been rated by the EPA at 115 MPGe. Impressive.

Honda Fit EV

The Honda Fit, or Jazz depending on your market, will get a new electric motor allowing for an 82 mile drive range. This will be Honda’s answer to the Nissan Leaf.

Honda Odyssey

Again, this isn’t a major update, but more like a refresh. You’ll see a few new safety features and possibly a new, more powerful powertrain with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Moving along…

Infiniti QX60 Hybrid

Set to replace the FX50, the QX60 3-row SUV will feature a brand new 2.5L 4-cylinder hybrid powertrain. We don’t know much more than that.

Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid

Okay, I know that I’m breaking from alphabetic order here, but since the Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid and the Infiniti QX60 will share the same new powertrain, I thought it appropriate. It will be interesting to see how Nissan/Infiniti differentiates between these two very similar vehicles. I’m guessing they’re going to get a lot of flack from critics for showing these two SUVs together.

Mitsubishi Mirage

This new hyper efficient, light-weight supermini will emit less than 100g/km of CO2. That’s right around the Toyota Prius, by point of comparison. Affordably priced, the Mirage will replace the Colt in Mitsubishi’s line up.

Subaru XV Hybrid

This is the car we know the least about… Subaru hasn’t told us anything at all about their first hybrid vehicle. All we have is one photo. If I had to pick one, this is probably the car that I’m most excited to learn more about, if only because it’s the biggest mystery.

Toyota Highlander

Not much to say here as, again, we’ve already talked about the new Highlander. From what we’ve seen in spy shots, the new Highlander should be reminiscent of the RAV4 we saw earlier this year. Toyota might tweak the powertrain for improved efficiency, but don’t count on it.

As you can see, there are quite a few Japanese cars to keep an eye on at the 2013 New York Motor Show. That being said, I can’t say that I’m incredibly excited about any of them… Hopefully I’ll be surprised though. Either way, stay tuned later this week for coverage!

Sources: The Truth About Cars, Autocar

Subaru Revealing Hybrid and Performance Cars at the 2013 New York Auto Show

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, March 21st, 2013

The next big automotive event of 2013 is right around the corner. The New York International Auto Show opens to the press next week. As you might expect, we’ve had a deluge of new previews and promises from many of the most popular automotive brands over this past week.

Today, we’re going to talk about Subaru and which two cars they plan on bringing to New York.

XV Crosstrek Hybrid

First up, Subaru plans to unveil their first ever production-ready hybrid vehicle at the 2013 New York Auto Show. As you might guess from the subtitle, the specific car to receive hybrid treatment is the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek.

This is big news and, honestly, it’s about time! This is all part of Subaru’s ambitious emissions targets for its fleet over the next few years.

Although Subaru has remained tight-lipped on the specifics of their new hybrid XV Crosstrek, they released a semi-informative video along with the news which should give you a bit more information. Check it out below:

And in case you’re not much for videos, the specifics include:

* Subaru BOXER Engine
* Lowest emissions of any AWD crossover hybrid in America
* Manufactured in a zero-landfill plant
* Features 8.7 inches of ground clearance

Subaru also confirms that the 2014MY XV Crosstrek Hybrid will arrive later this Fall. You could be driving a hybrid Subaru by Christmas time!

Subaru XV Crosstrk Hybrid

So, that’s all we know about the new Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid, but there was another car, remember?

“Performance Concept” – Possibly Previewing the New Impreza WRX / WRX STi

Subaru also ambiguously told us that we would see a brand-new “Performance Concept” at the 2013 New York International Auto Show. If you thought they were tight-lipped about the hybrid Crosstrek, then their stance on this new Performance Concept is downright tight-lipped. We know literally nothing.

The only speculation – and remember, it really is speculation – is that this new performance concept could be a preview for the next Subaru Impreza WRX (and WRX STi). If so, then this is probably a lot more exciting to some of you than the Crosstrek Hybrid.

Of course, we also know that Subaru has firmly dedicated themselves to keeping the Subaru BRZ regularly updated since it sells so well. So, the Performance Concept could be that, too.

No matter what the “performance concept” exactly ends up previewing, I’m definitely excited to find out. I’m sure that you are too. And, while I think we all know the XV Crosstrek Hybrid will be impressive, it’ll be nice to finally see the full specs on this new Japanese crossover. Stay tuned next week for coverage of these two Subaru vehicles and more.

Thanks for reading!

Source: Carscoops