Subaru has revealed the replacement for its XV SUV, with a sportier look, higher-tech inside, and a brand new identify.

Dubbed the Subaru Crosstrek (because it has lengthy been referred to as overseas), the small SUV will go on sale first in Japan. Subaru unusually says the launch there may be “scheduled for 2023 or later”.

“The newest international reveal from Subaru Corporation could be very thrilling! Details for the Australian market to return quickly,” a spokesperson instructed CarExpert.

Subaru has solely detailed an AWD hybrid model of the Crosstrek for its home market, however the full drivetrain line-up isn’t but clear.

The powertrain seems to be a model of the model’s present 2.0-litre e-Boxer powertrain, which mates a 110kW and 196Nm petrol engine with an electrical motor packing 12.3kW and 66Nm, linked to a lithium-ion battery.

Outputs within the new Crosstrek haven’t been confirmed, however Subaru says “enhancements to cut back vibrations and noise within the engine and Lineartronic CVT have additionally been made”.

Under the pores and skin, the automotive rides on a model of the Subaru Global Platform underpinning the most recent Levorg and WRX. The model says the up to date automotive ought to provide higher noise and vibration suppression than the present XV, and helps a smoother trip by being extra inflexible than earlier than.

Measuring 4480mm (-5mm) lengthy, 1800mm (unchanged) vast, and 1580mm (-35mm) tall with a 2670mm (+5mm) wheelbase, the brand new automotive is smaller on the surface than the outgoing XV – though its longer wheelbase ought to assist release extra inside area.

The cabin mirrors these of the Levorg and WRX carefully, with an 11.6-inch infotainment system dominating the dashboard.

Subaru says the cabin “stays simply as roomy as in earlier fashions” regardless of the smaller exterior, and guarantees “loads of cargo carrying area inside”. It’s confirmed the rear seats will fold 60:40, however hasn’t confirmed how a lot baggage area it’s going to provide.

The outgoing XV Hybrid has simply 310 litres of area with the rear seats in place.

The newest model of Subaru’s EyeSight security system will characteristic, and positive aspects a wide-angle mono digital camera to again the color stereo cameras.

Subaru says its stereo digital camera has a broader vary of imaginative and prescient than earlier than, and its software program has been up to date to raised recognise objects in its periphery.

Expect the Crosstrek to supply a refined model of the adaptive cruise, autonomous emergency braking, lane-keeping help, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-change help programs that characteristic on the present Subaru vary.

The XV is at the moment the third-best promoting Subaru in Australia behind the Outback and Forester.

It trails the MG ZS, Hyundai Kona, Kia Seltos, and Mitsubishi ASX on the small SUV gross sales charts to this point in 2022.

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