Subaru XV* delivers fun in Frankfurt

Tue, 13/09/2011

 

Subaru’s long-awaited All-Wheel Drive XV crossover vehicle is thrilling Frankfurt after being unveiled in production form at the German city’s 2011 motor show.

A new standalone model in Subaru’s international line-up, the XV is targeted at the sub-compact Sports Utility Vehicle category.

Drawing on the theme of "urban adventure" Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI), the maker of Subaru vehicles, has focused the XV on fun, producing an exciting, lively car with stand-out, sleek design and smart style.


XV highlights include:

  • New generation Subaru design including hawk-eye headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels with pattern unique to the model, and classic hexagonal grille
  • Advanced easy-to-operate Multi-Function Displays - information and entertainment systems offer great driver interaction and encourage economical driving, with extensive efficiency updates available
  • Excellent fuel efficiency and low emissions from the new generation 2.0 litre horizontally-opposed Boxer engine – light, smooth and compact, with great torque from low speed
  • New super-efficient and smooth transmissions – choice of Lineartronic™Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with paddle shift and frugal six-speed manual
  • Spacious, convenient cabin with excellent ride comfort and quality – attention to detail in soft finishes, switch gear, seating and instruments
  • Full Subaru safety suite:
    • Seven SRS airbags, including driver’s knee airbag
    • Fantastic field of vision – A-pillars and wing mirrors specifically positioned to minimize blind spots
    • Significant engineering advances in structural strength - latest application of Subaru’s Dynamic Chassis Control Concept
    • High tensile steel plate means reduced weight - body one of lightest in class, but strength and bending stiffness optimized for crashworthiness

Nick Senior, Managing Director, Subaru Australia, said: “XV offers a clear indication of Subaru’s design direction from now on.

“There’s lots of great new Subaru technology in this sub compact SUV, making it a real fun machine.

“It delivers the driving feel and handling that only the latest Subaru symmetrical All-Wheel Drive platform can, as well as the latest  Boxer engine, offering significant fuel efficiency and emission improvements.

“XV also has the newest manual and auto transmission technology, and there’s a new approach to cabin finishes, with incredible attention to detail on soft-touch surfaces, switch gear and instruments.

“Combine that with our customers’ favourite Subaru qualities of All-Wheel Drive, durability, safety and retained value, and XV represents a formidable package.

“We’ll look forward to bringing more XV news to Australia very soon.”

FHI designers have produced an attractive, aerodynamic and sporty exterior while inside, the extended wheelbase - in combination with A-pillars positioned further forward - produces a significant sense of space.

There’s great room for rear-seat occupants, who also benefit from large open foot areas beneath the front seats.

Shoulder and legroom are also maximized by compact internal door structure design.

Seats are designed to mold themselves securely to the occupant’s body and feature supportive flat-mat springs. Low resilience urethane cushioning also helps absorb driving vibrations.

Child seat anchor points are built into the rear seat backs, with zero intrusion into the cargo area.

Large door openings make for easy entry and exit.


All XVs feature Multi-Function Displays, with range-topping versions adding a larger screen and comprehensive information suite.

MFDs across the range include a fuel efficiency indicator to aid economic driving.

 

* PLEASE NOTE: All information is based on FHI European specifications

XV SPECIFICATIONS

Type

Cylinders

Displacement

Bore x stroke

Compression ratio

Cam-train system

Fuel system

Maximum power

Maximum torque

Horizontally opposed, naturally aspirated

Four

1995 cc

90 x 84

10.5

DOHC 16 valve

Multi Point Sequential Injection

110 kW/6200 rpm

196 Nm/4200 rpm

Transmission – NA six-speed manual

First

3.545

Second

1.888

Third

1.296

Fourth

0.972

Fifth

0.780

Sixth

0.695

Reverse

3.636

Final reduction

4.444

Exterior dimensions and weight

Overall length mm

4450

Overall width mm

1780

Overall height mm

1570

Wheelbase mm

2635

Tread – front mm

1525

Tread – rear mm

1525

Min. ground clearance mm

 

220

Kerb weight kg:

XV 2.0i manual

XV 2.0i Lineartronic™ CVT

 

1370

1400

Fuel

Fuel consumption (L/100km) combined:

XV 2.0i manual

XV 2.0i Lineartronic™ CVT

6.9

6.6

Carbondioxide (g/km):

XV 2.0i manual

XV 2.0i Lineartronic™ CVT

160

153

Fuel tank capacity

60 litres

Steering, brakes, tyres & towing

Steering

Pinion assist type electric power

Turning circle (metres)

5.3

Suspension:

Front

Rear

MacPherson strut-type

Double wishbone-type

Brakes (mm):

Front

Rear

Ventilated discs

Discs

Tyres:

225/55 R17 x 7 J

Rim:

17-inch alloy

Towing capacity (kg):

1600 (manual)
1200 (auto)

ABOUT SUBARU

Every Subaru sold in Australia features Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and a horizontally opposed Boxer engine, standard Vehicle Dynamics Control electronic stability program, and a five-star rating for occupant safety from the independent Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). The result - driving confidence.