2012 Subaru XV Australian pricing announced

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 29, 2011

The new Subaru XV has a starting price of AUD32,000, according to Subaru’s official website in Australia. This price makes this compact crossover considerably cheaper than the base Forester. The new Subaru XV, which debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show, will go on sale this January.

The top-of-the-range 2.0i-S, which comes with leather upholstery and sportier pedals, is priced at around $38,000.

Powering this model is a 2.0-liter boxer with 150hp, enabling the car to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62mph) in 10.5 seconds.

It can reach a top speed of 187km/h (116mph) and offers a combined fuel efficiency of 6.9 liters per 100 km (36.2mpg). The new Subaru XV is offered in Europe with a 114hp base 1.6-liter and a 5-speed manual as standard.

But buyers may also opt for the CVT. It is powered by a 2.0-liter diesel that produces 147 hp and is quicker than the petrol, with an acceleration time to 100 km/h of 9.3 seconds and with a maximum speed of 198 km/h (123mph). In addition, it offers a combined economy of 5.6 liters per 100 km (42mpg).

The crossover design of the new Subaru XV is something new as it blends a high body and side cladding with a stylish, flowing form. Its dynamic yet elegant silhouette is defined by stunning wheels and cut-away cladding, as well as a number of elements that lend the Subaru XV with an easy-going character. These features and elements gave the XV an appealing and sporty look.

Moreover, it is fairly easy to identify the XV as a classical Subaru, thanks to hallmark design cues from the brand’s other vehicles like the hexagonal grille and hawk eye-style headlights.

The hexagonal grille of the next-generation Subaru crossover features a larger design and new plating that do not only identify the XV as part of the carmaker’s lineup but also convey a strong impression of strength. Its hawk-eye headlights, meanwhile, are designed to illuminate a wide area up front and feature an array of functional enhancements. Its fog lamps, on the other hand, have been designed to blend seamlessly into the XV’s front bumper.

New Subaru XV rides on aluminum wheels that convey both style and depth, while the contrast between the silver spokes and black surrounds creates an impression of movement even when the crossover is at a halt. For this crossover, Subaru decided to get rid of the characteristic side cladding – all for the sake of an enhanced sense of dynamism and improved comfort.

Subaru also developed a new grain that boosts the effect of light and shadow. These modifications have made the tires appear larger than they actually are, resulting in a strong impression of reliability, sportiness and safety.

To further improve the crossover’s aerodynamics and its fuel efficiency, Subaru provided special edges to the corners of the front and rear bumpers. Diesel versions of the crossover now feature a turbo intercooler duct integrated under the hood, rather than inside an opening above its engine.

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