Last week, we mentioned that Mazda would debut a new compact SUV at the Frankfurt Auto Show, and now Subaru appears to be following suit with a production version of its XV concept. The automaker issued a press release today stating that the XV will be unveiled in Frankfurt on Sept. 13.
Inside Line reports that the XV concept shown in Shanghai featured a 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine and a continuously variable transmission, a drivetrain that will also be featured in the upcoming 2012 Subaru Impreza. However, the similarities don’t end there.
“The headlights appear to be identical to 2012 Impreza units, appearing in the teaser with less fanciful interior elements than on the show car,” writes Car and Driver. “And we like the wheels, which look a lot like the attractive black 17-inch rollers available on the new Ford Focus.”
While a European version of the XV is in the works, Subaru has not announced when it will be available for sale or if the XV will make it to the U.S. marketplace. CNET notes that if the XV does make its way stateside, “it could be a competitor to the Honda CR-V and Toyota Rav4.”
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