Is mystery Subaru hatch prototype the refreshed 2016 XV Crosstrek?
A mystery Subaru has been seen here in the U.S. and it could be the new 2016 Subaru XV Crosstrek. We originally thought it could be the WRX/STI hatchback, but the Subaru that’s been seen is clearly a crossover with higher ground clearance. The XV Crosstrek that came out in 2012 is due for a mild refresh and this is likely the model change that’s been expected. You can see the images here.
Performance fans want a XV turbo model
Of course XV fans would like to see a new XV come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter powerplant and more power. The XV in the photos from World Car Fans shows a significant hood scoop which would suggest a turbo engine under the hood. A source close to Subaru told us that XV fans, dealers and Subaru of America want a turbo model, but nothing has been officially confirmed.
If XV Crosstrek does get a turbocharged engine, it would likely come with the WRX-sourced 2.0-liter turbo boxer from the Forester XT that produces 250 horsepower and 258 lb. ft of torque. The sporty XV would be a good model for Subaru to give more hp and driving enthusiasts would respond well to the new performance model. Currently the XV’s 2.0-liter naturally aspirated engine produces only 148 hp and 145 lb ft of torque.
When the Subaru XV Crosstrek arrived in the U.S. in the fall of 2012 as a 2013 model, it received instant success. XV Crosstrek arrived as a five-door crossover that is based on the Impreza hatchback, but comes with an expanded capability chassis with 8.7 inches of ground clearance, larger tires with 17-inch alloy wheels, larger front brakes, a larger fuel tank and special black wheel arch and rocker panel cladding.
XV Crosstrek is the ideal platform for a performance model
XV is the ideal platform to get a turbo engine with more power. At the launch, Subaru said, "The car clearly expresses "Fun to Drive", an integral part of automobiles' essential value, in its attractive, straightforward design. It boasts a new type of crossover design with larger, unique tires and wheels highlighting a good balance with the body's sharp, stable looks, which gives this new model distinctive product appeal. It's an excellent design that showcases Subaru brand's characteristics."
It’s not like Subaru needs to prop up sales of the XV in North America, but the XV Crosstrek is due for a refresh. January was the best ever month for XV Crosstrek in the U.S. and it saw a 36 percent increase in sales over the same month last year. In Canada, XV had its best January ever with 486 units retailed, an increase of 66.4 percent. Our source told us the 2016 XV Crosstrek will get a mid-model refresh and the newly-updated XV will arrive at U.S. dealers this summer. Will it come with a 2.0-liter turbo engine? Stay tuned.