Subaru debuts production-ready XV at Frankfurt motor show

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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As the Frankfurt motor show continues in Germany, Subaru was in attendance to show off one of its latest new models, the XV. Subaru says that the new XV takes the company into the compact crossover segment for the very first time.

The 5-seat XV places an emphasis on interior packaging with large door openings and seating positions that allow for easy entry and exit. Subaru claims that the cabin and the cargo area provide spacious accommodations and that there is ample storage for small items at ideal locations throughout the interior. Up front, drivers benefit from a Multi-Function Display (MFD) and a modern dashboard design.

The XV's power specifications are for European versions only. They include a 1.6-litre or 2.0-litre horizontally opposed "boxer" engine and a Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). If Subaru launches the XV in Canada (which is expected), then it will most likely only be equipped with the larger 2.0-litre powerplant. The XV also features a new engine stop-start system, which can restart the engine from a stop in as little as 0.2 seconds.

On the outside, the XV employs a hexagonal grille design and "hawk eye headlights," as Subaru puts it.
The black alloy wheels are particularly eye-catching, striking a sharp contrast to the sculpted, bright orange bodywork.

Safety features include all the usual airbags, plus a standard driver's knee airbag. Subaru's VDC (Vehicle Dynamics Control) is also standard on the XV and features a brake assist function for added safety.

Though no Canadian release date has been announced for the new XV, it is expected to debut sometime in the coming year.

©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Crossover, Subaru, 2012, XV, Compact,

Organizations: Subaru

Geographic location: Frankfurt

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