2012 NY auto show: 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek adds a rugged model to the Impreza line

Subaru is set to unveil a new addition to its line up, the 2013 XV Crosstrek, at the upcoming New York International Auto Show. This new "crossover" takes the role previously filled by the last-generation Impreza Outback Sport, providing a more rugged interpretation of the Impreza hatchback.

Like other models in the current Impreza lineup, the XV will use a 148-hp, 2.0-liter version of Subaru's "boxer" four-cylinder engine, mated to a five-speed manual or continuously variable automatic transmission. We found the latter combination to be quite fuel efficient, especially for an all-wheel-drive car. Compared to the current Impreza, the XV is jacked up to provide 8.7 inches of ground clearance--more than most SUVs.

Subaru estimates the Crosstrek will deliver 25 mpg city, 33 mpg highway, compared against 27/36 for the Impreza hatchback. The 15.9-gallon fuel tank in the Subaru XV Crosstrek is 1.4 gallons greater than the Impreza models.

Subaru will offer two trim lines: Premium and Limited. Standard features in the Premium include a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio and Bluetooth controls; multi-function display with fuel economy information; security system with engine immobilizer; and outside temperature gauge.

The Limited adds leather-trimmed interior, steering wheel, and shift handle as well as a 4.3-inch display screen to support the standard backup camera and HD Radio. The Limited also includes heated front seats and exterior mirrors and a wiper de-icer, features that are optional on the Premium. A power moon roof and 6.1-inch navigation system with text messaging, XM radio, and iTunes tagging are optional on both trims.

The Impreza has scored well in our tests, impressing us enough for it to be named the 2012 Small Car Top Pick. We look forward to seeing how this taller, tougher-looking version does in our tests. The new XV Crosstrek hits dealerships this fall.

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