The Russian Subaru XV has a different name than it’s U.S. counterpart, the Crosstrek, it also gets two fuel-saving features not found on U.S. models. The new 2016 Subaru XV arrives in Russian showrooms starting next month. It will come with the same 2.0-liter horizontally-opposed Subaru Boxer gas engine as U.S. models, but gets extras U.S. consumers won’t find on their Crosstrek models.
Stop-start engine feature
LLC "Subaru Motor", the official distributor of Subaru vehicles in Russia imports Subarus into the country and the XV in Russia gets a stop-start feature on the engine that saves fuel. It comes on the U.S. spec Crosstrek Hybrid model, but not on the gas-only variant. Russians do get this feature on their Subaru XVs with the 2.0-liter gas engine.
We aren’t sure why Subaru doesn’t put this feature on U.S. Crosstreks. It works well in stop and go traffic and auto-stops and starts in these situations and also at stop lights. Many people don’t like the feature thinking it’s annoying for the engine to keep shutting off. It does save fuel and it’s why Subaru does put it on the Crosstrek Hybrid models. What else is not found on U.S. Crosstreks?
6-speed manual gearbox
Another feature the Russian spec Subaru XV gets that U.S. consumers won’t see on the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek is a 6-speed manual gearbox. Yep, the Russians get this too while their U.S. counterparts only get a 5-speed manual transmission option. With the taller gear, this will also save fuel on the highway. Russians will find their XV models with these features next month as they begin arriving in Russian Subaru showrooms. U.S. consumers can only look and not touch.
Source: Subaru Russia