While Subaru has built a reputation for building rally replicas like the Impreza WRX STI, it's still volume sellers like the XV that drive sales inside showrooms. Like its Forester stablemate, the XV combines the versatility and ruggedness of an SUV with the coolness of a compact hatch. It's a formula that, simply put, works.
Looking to increase the popularity of its compact crossover, the Japanese carmaker is set to unveil the new Subaru XV Hybrid tS in its home market.
From the outside, the vehicle looks pretty much like your regular, good-looking XV. This one, though, gets the Subaru Tecnica International treatment via touches like the STI-designed front and side under-spoilers with orange accents, a dark gray-accented front grille, front foglamps with the STI logo, black side-view mirrors, STI front and rear badging, tS ornament, and a rear spoiler with orange highlighting.
The exterior styling cues are complemented by a cabin with some equally cool niceties. The seats, for instance, bear the STI logo and have seatback heaters. They are covered in Ultrasuede and boast orange/beige highlights with orange stitching. The instrument panel is enhanced with piano-black touches, while the door panels are covered in beige trims with orange accents and armrests. Finally, the front side sills have the STI badge embossed on them.
Powering the XV Hybrid tS is the same 2.0-liter FB20 boxer engine found on every other XV we see on the road. This one, however, adds an electric motor for better efficiency and environment-friendliness. Still, it is paired with the smooth Lineartronic CVT and that patented Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.
Being tuned by STI, the chassis gets STI-designed goodies like the front strut, the rear dampers, the draw stiffener, and the flexible tower bar. This is capped off by 17-inch alloy wheels with the signature orange highlights.
Subaru's Japanese dealerships are now accepting preorders for the XV Hybrid tS, which will be delivered by the last quarter of the year. Admittedly, we would’ve wanted a fire-breathing turbo motor to go with the STI moniker. Still, everything we see makes this crossover even cooler than it already is.