Subaru calls US version XV Crosstrek and unveils sports car concept

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The Subaru XV Crossover, which was unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, is finally coming to the U.S. as part of the automaker’s 2013 crop. It will be re-dubbed XV Crosstrek in American showrooms. The company also is debuting a concept sports car developed in partnership with Toyota at the show.

New badge for the U.S. version

Subaru’s Executive Vice President Tom Doll made the announcement at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show this week. The European version, currently on sale overseas, is called simply the Subaru XV. But the U.S. model will be called XV Crosstrek to further set it apart from the Impreza. The new car is built on the Impreza platform. The Crosstrek will be replacing the Impreza Outback Sport in Subaru’s U.S. lineup next year.

Other Impreza-inspired models

Subaru’s next generation WRX and WRX STI 2013 models will also be built on the Impreza platform, featuring names that areĀ  also designed to distance them from their earlier versions.

More power for the US version

Although the U.S. version of the XV is expected to be relatively the same as the one sold in Europe, it is slated to have a more powerful 2.0 liter engine and may utilize Subaru’s Lineartronic CVT gearless transmission.

Subaru and Toyota partner on BRZ

Subaru also unleashed a prototype for the front-engine, rear-wheel-drive Subaru BRZ sports coupe at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. The car will debut next year in the U.S., with Subaru and rival Toyota having nearly identical versions. The Toyota version will be a next-generation Celica. The two Japanese auto giants developed the vehicles in a cooperative effort to save costs following the disastrous earthquakes that rocked the country earlier this year.

According to “Car and Driver,” Subaru insists it did the bulk of the engineering and development work on the sports car. We wonder, what would Toyota have to say about that?


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