Subaru’s crossover XV, first seen at the Frankfurt Auto Show for 2011, is coming to U.S. shores next year. The model will be rebranded the XV Crosstek for American buyers. The automaker will also expose its concept sports automobile made in cahoots with Toyota.
Setting it apart
Subaru’s Executive Vice President Tom Doll made the announcement at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show this week. Subaru XV is the name of the European edition which is on sale overseas. To be able to make it clear it isn’t the Impreza, the U.S. version will be called XV Crosstek. The Impreza platform is used for the vehicle. That is just the base of the vehicle though. The Crosstek will not be an added automobile to the lineup. It will replace the Impreza Outback Sport.
A lot of models come from Impreza
Subaru’s next generation WRX and WRX STI 2013 designs will even be built on the Impreza platform, featuring names that are also designed to distance them from their earlier versions.
Expect power in car
Although the U.S. edition of the XV is expected to be relatively the same as the one sold in Europe, it is slated to have a more powerful 2.0 liter engine and may utilize Subaru’s Lineartronic CVT gearless transmission.
Subaru and Toyota partner on BRZ
A prototype for the Subaru BRZ sports coupe was also shown at the 2011 LA Auto Show. The vehicle has rear-wheel-drive and a front motor. The automobile will come out next year with Toyota and Subaru’s model that seem almost the same. The Toyota version will be a next-generation Celica. The two Japanese auto giants developed the automobiles in a cooperative effort to conserve costs following the disastrous earthquakes that rocked the country earlier this year.
“Car and Driver” claims that Subaru did most of the work. The engineering and development work came mostly from Subaru. It is very important to remember what Toyota would say.
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