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Old 04-04-2012, 03:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm not sure if this is the right subforum for this kind of post, but have you guys heard about the new model called a xv crosstrek? it's based off the impreza platform but is a compact crossover vehicle. It's supposed to debut at the new york auto show. I think it looks like it's going to be a pretty neat car. I'm excited to read more about it. What do you guys think?
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there are a coupla fun Youtube ads/videos on it.


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The general consensus is that it's the spiritual successor to the Gen 3 OB. Sure, it's Impreza based, but it's basically the same dimensions (except the rear is a foot shorter), a little less power, but more fuel efficient. I love my Gen 3 and don't plan on ditching her any time soon, but the XV would be on my short list of possible replacements.
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The general consensus is that it's the spiritual successor to the Gen 3 OB. Sure, it's Impreza based, but it's basically the same dimensions (except the rear is a foot shorter), a little less power, but more fuel efficient. I love my Gen 3 and don't plan on ditching her any time soon, but the XV would be on my short list of possible replacements.
+1.... I looked it up and worked it out that the XV is about 0.75" narrower and 1" shorter (wheelbase) than the 3rd gen outback, with a bit less cargo room in the back. I don't know how much lighter they are, but with a smaller engine, smaller trunk and less glass in the greenhouse I bet it's substantial.

I'll be watching it as well, very excited about this car.
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You might say it has been a popular discussion topic.

See also:
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Subaru XV Concept to Debut at Shanghai Auto Show, Previewing High-Riding Impreza
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I also think it's a very cool vehicle As long as it's a second vehicle, the smaller amount of cargo area wouldn't be a big deal for me. I just wish they had more power! Maybe they'll make an XV XT, or an XV-T in the future . Even if it's a light vehicle, I just don't like seeing sub-200 HP figures as the only option.

I'll gladly trade MPG for a power increase any day...hence my Gen2 H6.
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I think there is not much distinction between XV and Forrester and I am afraid one will cannibalize the other. Any insight?
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I think there is not much distinction between XV and Forrester and I am afraid one will cannibalize the other. Any insight?
I think there's plenty... the forester is a small SUV, the XV is a hatchback on a tall suspension.

Beyond that, there are the marketing angles. By now, the Forester has found a niche as a reliable compact 4-wheeler. Lots of people who subscribe to consumer reports and buy medicine through AARP love the Forester. (OK this is a very broad generalization but work with me)

Meanwhile, the XV is wild and new and fresh... which can be a tough sell to anyone other than the youth market.

I would expect marketing & styling efforts to help differentiate these two models. We'll see wilder colors & wheels on the XV, and not so much on the fozzies. Subaru can keep these cars distinct for a long time without too much effort.
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I think there's plenty... the forester is a small SUV, the XV is a hatchback on a tall suspension.
I agree. It was the same difference that drove me to the Outback over the Forester (I was looking at the 2005-2007 model years). Nowadays, the Forester (even though it's based on the Impreza platform) competes with things like the Escape. The XV will fill the spot of small/mid car with a hatchback and ground clearance. It'll still feel and drive like a car, but it's more capable. The Forester can't do that. In fact, I'm not really sure what other vehicles *can*.
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Nowadays, the Forester (even though it's based on the Impreza platform) competes with things like the Escape.
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I think there's plenty... the forester is a small SUV, the XV is a hatchback on a tall suspension.

Beyond that, there are the marketing angles. By now, the Forester has found a niche as a reliable compact 4-wheeler. Lots of people who subscribe to consumer reports and buy medicine through AARP love the Forester. (OK this is a very broad generalization but work with me)

Meanwhile, the XV is wild and new and fresh... which can be a tough sell to anyone other than the youth market.

I would expect marketing & styling efforts to help differentiate these two models. We'll see wilder colors & wheels on the XV, and not so much on the fozzies. Subaru can keep these cars distinct for a long time without too much effort.
Funny you say that. Cuz I notice most of the Foresters I see are driven by AARP types I think its high (accessible) roofline, seating position, huge greenhouse and "modest" exterior dimensions, plus its reasonable fuel consumption, reliability and price, makes it very appealing to retirees. Think of the Forester as the Camry of small crossovers


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 ?
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