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Subaru Marks Outback Sport Replacement For 2013

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On: Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 12:47PM | By: Chris Salamone

Subaru Marks Outback Sport Replacement For 2013

When Subaru scrapped the 2012 model of the company’s Impreza Outback Sport, some Subaru lovers feared the Outback Sport version might disappear altogether. However, company representatives at the recent Frankfurt show have dispelled our greatest fears – showcasing the potential Outback Sport replacement, aka the XV. As of yesterday, Edmunds reports that Subaru has officially confirmed the XV will be headed our way sometime during 2012, as a 2013 model.

The XV looks to be a direct replacement for the outgoing Impreza Outback Sport, which met a recent demise in 2012. Yet, Subaru has not finalized the new vehicle’s name, using XV as a concept moniker.

Glancing at this bright orange beast, the XV appears to be a gussied up version of the recently recreated Impreza hatchback. Changes include a raised suspension, plastic molding serving as the vehicle’s exterior trim, a shorter wheelbase, increased width, and the model shown at Frankfurt includes fancy Euro-spec wheels and tires. Let’s hope the funky black wheels never make it to market.

If the new Impreza features a longer wheelbase, why must the XV have a shorter wheelbase (103.7 inches compared to 104.1)? Edmunds speculates that it may be “due to a slightly different positioning of the suspension arms” which is required to get that extra height.

The European version of Subaru’s XV will be offered with an available 2.0-liter diesel boxer four-cylinder engine. Patriots can expect the new 148 horsepower, 2.0-liter FB20 gasoline four-cylinder which is also mated to the company’s new Impreza model. Transmission options require choosing between a CVT or five-speed manual.

The XV’s success will ultimately hinge on whether or not Subaru can channel the old Outback Sport’s ability to bring outdoorsy smiles while improving the vehicle’s practicality. If highlighter orange paint and black wheels are a part of Subaru’s final production plan, perhaps they’re missing the mark. The Outback Sport was a car for eco-conscious adventure seekers, not urban commandos. While the Frankfurt XV does demand attention, perhaps the production version should at least appear as if it would look natural carrying a roof-mounted kayak.

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dwalter | 12:51PM (Tue, Oct 4, 2011)

Looks great. Seems production-ready too.

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