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There's no hood scoop on exclusive new Special Edition XV Crosstrek

Subaru announces an exclusive Special Edition Sunrise Yellow 2015 XV Crosstrek that will arrive this spring. This won’t be a performance model.


Subaru must have obtained a very special deal on Sunrise Yellow paint from their paint supplier. How many gallons of exterior paint does it take to spray 1000 XV Crosstreks? That’s likely the amount of paint the distributor had in the warehouse and gave Subaru of America one terrific deal. Subaru says only 1000 of these XV’s will be produced and shipped to the U.S. It won’t be a performance model with a hood scoop and a 2.0-liter turbo sitting underneath it.

The 1000 Special Edition Sunrise Yellow 2015 XV Crosstrek will be limited production and will begin arriving into U.S. showrooms this spring. Based on the well-equipped 2.0i Premium trim, the Special Edition is priced at $25,290 (plus $850 destination). There doesn’t seem to be anything else that’s really special about this “special edition” Sunrise Yellow 2015 XV Crosstrek other than the bright yellow exterior color. It looks like this special paint will cost an extra $995 over the standard cost of a 2.0i Premium trim XV with all the features this special edition comes with.

No new performance XV Crosstrek

When the press release from Subaru first came out on this special XV crossover, this writer’s first thought was that the Japanese automaker was announcing a new performance version of the XV with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. There have been rumors of this, and according to deputy general manager of Subaru’s engineering department, Yoichi Hori, the company has thought about that.

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In an interview with CarAdvice, Yoichi Hori told them it’s too close to the WRX with the 2.0-liter turbo engine and it would raise the cost too much for the XV. Hori said, “It’s a good point, technically we can install the 2.0-liter turbo to the XV model, but for marketing reasons, we have a WRX and STI, so if we sold the 2.0T for the XV, it’s very close to WRX. Also the price would go up, that’s why we didn’t decide on such a model.”

Special Edition XV Crosstrek

The new special edition XV Crosstrek is based on the 2.0i Premium trim and will come with STARLINK Multimedia audio system, 7-inch touch screen display with multi-touch control, 6-speaker audio plus voice-activated controls. It will also feature SiriusXM Satellite Radio (subscription required), a vehicle information display; SMS text messaging, iTunes Tagging capability and dual USB ports.

Additional features

Additional features on the XV Crosstrek Special Edition include power moonroof, and of course the exclusive new Sunrise Yellow exterior color with body-color foldable mirrors with integrated turn signals along with blackened headlight bezels. The Special Edition also offers Keyless Access with Push-button start as well as Pin Code Access, leather-wrapped shift lever handle and steering wheel.

There won’t be any special performance from the Sunrise Yellow XV as it will come powered by the same 2.0i Premium’s 2.0-liter boxer that produces 148 horsepower and 145 lb. ft of torque. It comes mated with Subaru’s Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with a 6-speed manual mode with steering wheel paddle shifters. It also features Subaru’s Active Torque Split version of Symmetrical AWD for all-weather capability. Look for the 1000 Special Edition Sunrise Yellow 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek limited production models to begin arriving in U.S. showrooms this spring.