The compact SUV segment has certainly been heating up. Last month, we told you that new models like the Mazda CX-5 and Subaru XV would debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Now, Subaru has confirmed that like Mazda, its newest SUV is headed for U.S. soil.
“Subaru has confirmed that its new XV crossover will be heading to the United States in 2013, according to a report from Motor Authority,” writes Autoblog. “The XV, which made its production debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show earlier this month, is a high-riding version of the new-for-2012 Impreza which goes on sale in the U.S. in just a few weeks.”
Pricing, release date and official U.S. specs have yet to be announced, and Motor Authority reports that the XV will likely carry a different name when it hits the showroom floor. “In discussions last night with Michael McHale, director of corporate communications for Subaru of America, he revealed that the company will add the XV to the Impreza lineup for the 2013 model year,” notes Motor Authority.
While the XV is based on the upcoming redesigned Impreza, its introduction means we’ll be saying goodbye to the Impreza Outback Sport. Still the XV’s rugged looks and high ground clearance will likely make it a more capable replacement.
“The XV will essentially act as the spiritual a successor to the Impreza Outback Sport, but like the latest Legacy-based Outback it skews ever further towards the SUV end of the spectrum, at least in terms of looks,” says Left Lane News. “Outside, the design of XV is quite similar to the Impreza hatchback on which it is based, but is distinguished by a high body and side cladding that is suggestive of an SUV. Subaru says ground clearance is up to a respectable 8.6 inches.”
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