Subaru's new "Compact Outback", the all-new 2011 Impreza XV, will go on sale in New Zealand next month
The Subaru Impreza XV features increased ride height, a new look and extra features.
The Impreza XV rides higher than other Impreza’s with 185mm ground clearance, similiar to its big brother, the Outback.
“In this case we have extended the “crossover” concept, using one of the most agile, dynamic hatchbacks on the market” said Graeme Woodlands, the Managing Director of Subaru of New Zealand.
Subaru says the Impreza XV is aimed at the “active and adventurous” audience, with handling and control suitable for all road conditions.
“By using the Impreza hatch as the platform car, Subaru has created a vehicle that enables people to mix five day a week commuting with an active weekend adventure lifestyle,” said Woodlands.
The Impreza XV features the core Impreza chassis, full-time symmetrical All Wheel Drive, low-slung Boxer engine, symmetrical drive train, an enhanced suspension setup and Bluetooth integration.
The Impreza XV is powered by a two litre 110 kW and 196 Nm fuel injected motor with variable valve timing. The automatic has a reported combined fuel consumption of 8.8 litres/100 kilometres and 8.9 litres/100 kilometres for the manual. Combined CO² emissions for the automatic are 208 grams/kilometre and 210 grams/kilometre for the manual.
The McPherson strut front and double wishbone rear suspension has been revised with the higher ground clearance and the Impreza XV sits on 16-inch alloy wheels with 205/60 R16 tyres.
With the choice of a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic gearbox, the Impreza XV will sell from $35,990. The manual gearbox model also has hill assist to aid starting on hills in either first or reverse gear.
On the outside, the Impreza XV comes with flared wheel arches, unique front and rear bumpers, front fog lights, and roof rails.
“The crossover type of vehicle appeals to Kiwis and the Impreza XV will suit people who don’t need a car as big as the Outback, but still want the versatility of a crossover,” said Woodlands.
Safety features include the maximum 5-star ANCAP rating, fulltime All Wheel Drive, VDC stability and traction control, four wheel disc ABS brakes with EBD and Brake Assist, six air bags, Subaru’s patented ring shaped reinforcement frame body construction technology, and anti intrusion beams in the doors. In a severe frontal impact the low-slung “Boxer” engine is designed to slide beneath the cabin floor.
The remote central locking includes an immobiliser security system. Security is enhanced by the fitting of unique DataDots to all major components.
Split folding rear seats provide an extended cargo area, which has its own security blind. The steering wheel and gear lever are leather wrapped and there is a fuel consumption trip computer.