Subaru announced that it will introduce the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Special Edition in the United States and if you want one, you’d better know only 1,000 units will be available.
Carrying a price tag of $25,290 (plus $850 delivery charge), the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Special Edition is based on the 2.0i Premium trim and comes as standard with the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system, a high ground clearance (8.7 inches), 17-inch alloy wheels as well as a 2.0-liter Boxer engine that produces 148 hp of max output at 6,200 rpm and 145 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,200 rpm.
Furthermore, the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Special Edition comes with Power Moonroof, an exclusive Sunrise Yellow exterior with body color foldable mirrors featuring integrated turn signals, Keyless Access with Push-Button Start and Pin Code Access, as well as a steering wheel wrapped in leather, just like the shift lever.
As we said, the new 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Special Edition is based on the 2.0i Premium trim and adds Starlink Multimedia audio system, which works through 7-inch touch screen display with multi-touch control that offers swipe and scrolling gesture control.
Same system offers 6-speaker audio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio (subscription required), a vehicle information display, SMS text messaging, iTunes Tagging capability and dual USB ports.
According to the Japanese carmaker, the new 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Special Edition is available only with its Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) as well as with the Subaru Incline Start Assist feature and the All-Weather Package, which includes heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors and windshield wiper de-icer.
In December, we reported that Fuji Heavy Industries has dropped a plan to shift production of the new Subaru XV Crosstrek from Japan to its Lafayette site in Indiana. Instead, Subaru will still produce the SUV in Gunma, Japan, a person privy with the matter told Reuters.
According to the source, Fuji Heavy decided to produce the Subaru XV Crosstrek in Japan due to capacity limitations in Indiana. Furthermore, the decision to produce the new XV Crosstrek due to the relatively high price of the model, which means that building the vehicle in Japan would be better for the company.
Fuji Heavy had initially planned to build around 65,000 XV Crosstrek annually in the US, where it logged a 25-percent jump in sales in the first 11 months of 2014. Such decision to build the Crosstrek XV in Japan is similar to the decisions made by local rivals to shift some output back home due to the Japanese yen, which weakness makes exports more profitable.