2013 Subaru XV Crosstek U.S. Debut at NY Auto Show
It appears from the Subaru announcement that the Subaru XV Crosstrek is only going to have one engine choice: a 2.0 liter horizontally-opposed Boxer engine mated to a Lineartronic (continuously variable transmission) that achieves a highway fuel economy of 33 mpg based on Subaru estimates because it has not received testing from the EPA. Subaru says that makes it the most fuel-efficient all-wheel drive crossover vehicle in the U.S.
Two grades, “Premium” and “Limited”, will be available in the U.S. The “Limited” model employs comprehensive infotainment equipment such as the multi-function navigation system with a 6.1-inch touch screen display.
The XV Crosstek will have the following dimensions in the U.S. based on information released at the Frankfurt Show:
Overall Length: 175 inches
Width: 70 inches
Height: 61 inches
Wheelbase: 103 inches
Minimum road clearance: 8.7 inches
Seating Capacity: 5
That makes the XV Crosstek about 13 inches shorter than the Outback. It puts it more inline with the size of the Subaru Forrester, which it seems to compete directly against. Subaru does call it a crossover but the Forrester started life as a station wagon and should still be considered one. The Forrester has slightly better ground clearance at 8.9 inches vs. 8.7 inches for the XV Crosstek. (Put me down as an early adopter of hating the name – look for it eventually be called just the Crosstek.)