Sorry if I missed it earlier, but isn't the XV simply a spirtual successor of the Impreza Outback Sport (and not Legacy Outback nor Forester)?
And while on that, I noted in all the car mags and online sources that Subaru sneakily avoids re-hashing the "Outback" nomenclature on the XV. Anyone know why?
Yes, it is the spiritual successor to the discontinued Outback Sport...it is an Impreza hatchback with all the bells and whistles with a slight lift. However, as time goes on, cars get bigger. In fact, modern compact cars are larger than older mid-size cars. For example, I once drove a late 80s/early 90s Camry that was a lot smaller than an 09 Corolla. My 95 Civic was roughly the same size as the 93 Accord.
All that to say, the new Impreza is larger than the older ones, just as the new Legacy and Outback are larger than the older Legacies and Outbacks. Pair that with a bigger lift than the Outback Sport, and when you analyze the dimensions, it's closer to a Gen 3 OB than the OBS we used to know. So idea-wise, it's the successor to the OBS, but in actuality, it's also a spiritual successor to the Gen 3 OB.
As for ditching the OB nomenclature, it's probably to ease confusion. The Outback and Outback Sport were two entirely different things, hardly related. I'm still not sold on the name (I'm kinda guessing they'll drop the XV part like they dropped the B9 from Tribeca), but oh well. The point is that it is unlikely that it will be confused with the Outback.