Subaru Impreza XV

The Subaru Impreza XV launched in Frankfurt

Frankfurt Motorshow 2011 Dispatch: Subaru Impreza XV Launched!

Subaru officially launched the Subaru XV at the Frankfurt Motorshow and it’s nothing short of amazing! The new Impreza brings style and engineering together wonderfully in the compact crossover segment. This is actually Subaru’s first step into this category.

With the new Impreza XV, Subaru is hyping the following features: interiors, driving dynamics, high-level functionality, and most importantly in this day and age — fuel efficiency. It has a Subaru Boxer engine that’s either a 1.6L or 2.0L model.

As usual check out the photos below and the full presser afterwards for more details.

Press release:


Subaru’s new XV brings style and engineering excellence to compact crossover segment.

  • Final design stays true to concept study
  • Interior focus on quality and spaciousness
  • New generation Boxer petrol and diesel engines feature
  • CVT and all new Auto Start-Stop system both available

Subaru Automobiles today announced the world premiere of the new Subaru XV (European specifications) at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The launch of the XV takes Subaru into the compact crossover segment for the first time, where combining style but with functionality is key. In this highly competitive segment, the XV will offer something different, and will bring a new level of engineering excellence.

In the XV, Subaru has achieved its aim of providing a stylish and distinctive crossover with trademark Subaru driving dynamics, but combined with high level of functionality and fuel efficiency.


The XV’s interior provides:

  • A spacious and roomy passenger compartment
  • A cargo area that is both spacious and convenient to use
  • The door opening dimensions which have been enlarged and a seating position which allows much easier ingress and egress
  • Ample storage space for small objects provided at ideal locations
  • Large Multi-Function Display (MFD) which is highly visible in the upper middle section of the instrument panel for comfortable driving

Exterior design

The XV is a new type of crossover design that combines a stylish, dynamic form with a high body and side cladding to enhance the sense of functionality associated with an SUV.

Equipped with a hexagonal grille and hawk eye headlights, these design features emphasise the unique identity of the newest Subaru cars, while the striking and innovatively designed alloy wheels and cut-away cladding give the XV its sporting appearance.

The corners of the front and rear bumpers were designed with special edges that enhance the aerodynamic performance of the vehicle and also contribute to better fuel efficiency.

Interior design

Subaru’s designers worked hard on the XV’s interior to bring out the best qualities of the chosen materials and to give passengers a feeling of quality as well as spaciousness. Specifically:

An upmarket interior was created by balancing and combining the different tactile and emotional qualities of leather, metal, and cloth

The Multi-Function Display is highly visible in the upper middle section of the instrument panel and provides the driver and passengers with all the necessary information necessary in a highly intuitive format. Higher specification models will get a large 4.3 inch full-colour screen equipped with advanced infotainment such as eco-driving display and vehicle information display

Engines and transmissions

The new, 3rd generation Subaru Boxer engine, introduced this year with a totally new design, is installed in 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre petrol models.Along with the usual merits that horizontally-opposed engines inherently possess, this engine has improved fuel efficiency and exhaust performance. Together with the adoption of the new Lineartronic (CVT), a newly developed “Auto Start System”, the fuel efficiency was further improved.

A heavily revised version of Subaru’s Boxer Diesel, which was specially developed for the European market, is also featured in the XV line-up.

Making use of the inherent advantages of Chain-driven CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) such as lightness, compactness, superior fuel efficiency and wide ratio coverage, Subaru successfully developed a new CVT for the XV for improved environmental friendliness and drivability.

Fuel efficiency will be further improved through Subaru’s advanced new stop-start system

which features a newly developed “change of mind control”* function to enable smooth restart within only 0.2 seconds of stopping.


A number of key features will take the XV to top of the class for safety.

By integrating the partition windows into the front doors and positioning the door mirrors on the door panels, class-leading forward visibility was achieved, and blind spots reduced. A stylish profile with a more streamlined rear roof edge was designed without impairing the rear field of view

In addition to SRS driver’s/passenger’s airbags, SRS side airbags and SRS curtain airbags, SRS driver’s knee airbag are installed as standard in all models

VDC (Vehicle Dynamics Control) is installed in all models as standard. Its ‘intervention timing’ has been optimised while a brake assist function is also incorporated into the VDC system


  • Overall Length x Width x Height (mm): 4,450 x 1,780 x 1,570
  • Wheelbase (mm): 2,645
  • Track Front/Rear(mm): 1,525 /1,525
  • Minimum road clearance (at kerb weight)(mm): 220
  • Seating Capacity: 5

Carlo Ople

Carlo is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of During daytime he’s the Managing Director and Partner of a Digital Marketing Agency in the Philippines and by nighttime he’s living out his passion as a gadget enthusiast and story teller through Unbox.

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One Comment

  1. With those dimensions, that thing looks more like a crossover vehicle in line with Mitsubishi’s ASX. Would be interesting how this fares in the local market. Particularly for those looking for the practicality of an SUV with the price range of the Impreza Hatchback.

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