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Subaru XV Crossover Debuts In Frankfurt, Australian Launch Likely Photo:
 
 
Mike Stevens | Sep, 14 2011 | 0 Comments

Subaru's high-riding XV crossover has made its production debut at Frankfurt this week, following its unveiling in concept form at April's Shanghai Auto Show.

Based on the new 2012 Impreza, the new jacked-up small Subaru has yet to be confirmed for Australia - although a local launch appears likely.

"XV offers a clear indication of Subaru’s design direction from now on. There’s lots of great new Subaru technology in this sub compact SUV, making it a real fun machine," Subaru Australia MD Nick Senior said.

“We’ll look forward to bringing more XV news to Australia very soon.”

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Among the XV-specific features are an unpainted black lower bumper and black wheel arch guards - but the concept's chrome roof rails look to have fallen off.

A new third-generation 2.0 litre boxer-engine sits under the bonnet of the XV, sending 110kW and 196Nm of torque through Subaru's 'symmetical' all-wheel-drive system.

Internationally, the XV will be offered with either a CVT automatic transmission with paddle shifts, or a traditional six-speed manual.

Fuel consumption with the manual transmission is listed at 6.9 l/100km for the manual, and 6.6 l/100km for the CVT.

Watch for news on an Australian debut to come in the following months.

 
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