2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek: Urban, Stylish Design with Exceptional SUV Capability
-- The 2014 XV Crosstrek compact crossover offers best-in-class fuel efficiency. -- The fun-to-drive XV Crosstrek offers 220 mm of ground clearance, which is higher than most crossovers, plus a 680-kg towing capacity for enhanced versatility.
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 9, 2013 /CNW/ – Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is
pleased to announce the release of the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek. This versatile, fun-to-drive XV Crosstrek remains the most
fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive crossover utility in North America,
delivering fuel economy figures of 8.2 L/100 km city / 6.0 L/100 km
highway / 7.2 L/100 km combined (with CVT), making it comparable to
many front-wheel-drive competitors. Combining efficiency with a bold
five-door design and highly capable chassis, the sporty XV Crosstrek
offers not only best-in-class fuel economy, but everyday comfort,
exceptional safety standards and the most in-demand convenience and
entertainment features. The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek delivers a highly
capable crossover package with standard Subaru symmetrical full-time
All-Wheel Drive, 220 mm of ground clearance, 17-inch distinctive alloy
wheels and ample room for passengers and cargo.
DOHC 2.0-litre SUBARU BOXER Engine, Choice of Transmission
All 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek models are powered by a 148-horsepower
2.0-litre SUBARU BOXER engine, teamed to Subaru symmetrical full-time
All-Wheel Drive via a five-speed manual transmission or an available
second-generation Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission
(CVT). Electric power steering reduces the draw on engine power, while
the dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) configuration features a Dual Active
Valve Control System (DAVCS) variable valve control for both intake and
exhaust valves, optimizing torque delivery.
Built for Everyday Driving and Rugged Action
The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek incorporates numerous body and chassis
characteristics designed for its extended capabilities. Black side- and
wheel-arch cladding, rocker spoiler and roof rails provide a rugged
contrast to the body colour. The high ride height, body-colour roof
spoiler and uniquely designed 17-inch wheels bolster the Subaru XV
Crosstrek model’s go-anywhere stance and attitude. Front and rear
bumpers as well as the front grille are unique to the Subaru XV
Crosstrek and dark-tint privacy glass is standard.
The rugged styling is backed up by function, as the four-wheel fully
independent suspension features a raised configuration in the Subaru XV
Crosstrek. The XV Crosstrek’s 220 mm of ground clearance is higher than
most other crossovers and even some dedicated SUVs. High-strength
suspension components enhance agility, while liquid (hydraulic) engine
mounts (with CVT) help to dampen vibration. The double-wishbone rear
suspension features pillow ball bushings for an optimal blend of ride
comfort, straight-line stability, handling agility and vehicle
The Subaru XV Crosstrek uses standard 17-inch alloy wheels with 225/55
R17 all-season tires to provide all-weather traction and performance.
The 4-wheel disc brake system features large front rotors and the XV
Crosstrek comes with a 60-litre fuel tank.
Both the standard 5-speed manual transmission and the CVT include the
Subaru Hill Holder system, which will briefly hold the vehicle while
the driver pulls away from a stop on a hill. The Subaru Lineartronic
CVT provides infinite variability between the highest and lowest
available ratios with no discernable steps or shifts. With either
transmission choice, a standard ECO gauge helps the driver to operate
the vehicle as economically as possible.
The CVT continuously and smoothly adapts to performance demand, helping
to keep the engine in its most efficient operating range. A 6-speed
manual mode with steering wheel paddle shifters allows the driver to
control the transmission via six pre-set ratios. The transmission also
allows “second gear” starts in order to limit the likelihood of wheel
spin on slippery surfaces.
A 2,635-mm wheelbase yields impressive interior roominess in the 2014
Subaru XV Crosstrek. Rear-seat legroom of 900 mm is close to that of
some mid-size cars. With the standard 60/40-split rear seatbacks
folded, this versatile 5-door crossover provides a completely flat load
floor with up to 1,470 L of carrying space (632 L with the seats up).
Achieving a large trunk or cargo area is significant by itself, since
the vehicle’s AWD layout requires packaging a rear differential and
drive axles yet the XV Crosstrek easily accommodates three golf bags or
a large baby stroller.
The cargo area is equipped with a standard cover that can be pulled into
place or removed, along with tie-down and grocery bag hooks. Subaru
dealers will offer a number of accessories for the standard roof rails
in order to carry items such as bicycles and kayaks. A 680-kilogram
towing capacity not only enhances its versatility even further, but is
a unique advantage over competitors in this segment.
Subaru will offer the 2014 XV Crosstrek in three well-equipped trim
levels: the XV Crosstrek Touring, Sport Package and Limited Package.
Among the standard features in the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Touring are
a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio and Bluetooth control
switches, power windows, door locks and body coloured side mirrors,
4.3-inch colour multi-function display with fuel economy information,
auto on/off headlights, outside temperature display and carpeted floor
mats. The standard audio system in the well-equipped entry model
features Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity and audio streaming, Radio
Data System, iPod control capability, USB port, 3.5 mm auxiliary input
jack and six speakers. Additional standard creature comforts include
heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors and a windshield wiper
de-icer. The Sport Package adds a rear roofline spoiler, power tilting
and sliding sunroof, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and
High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights.
The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited Package adds leather-trimmed
upholstery, a dual-zone automatic climate control system, chrome door
handles and body-colour door mirrors with LED-integrated turn signals.
Inside, a wide array of user-friendly technologies abound: the in-dash
navigation system features a 6.1-inch touchscreen LCD display with
back-up camera integration.
Standard Subaru Symmetrical Full-time All-Wheel Drive
Subaru offers two different symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive
systems in the 2014 XV Crosstrek. With the 5-speed manual transmission,
the AWD system uses a viscous-coupling limited-slip centre differential
to distribute power 50/50 front to rear.
Models equipped with the Lineartronic CVT feature an electronically
controlled multi-plate transfer clutch AWD system, which actively
manages power distribution based on acceleration, deceleration, and
available traction. This system can transfer more power to the rear
wheels under acceleration, but power is distributed 60/40 front to rear
under normal driving conditions.
Vehicle Dynamics Control
Standard on every Subaru, the Vehicle Dynamics Control system monitors
and analyzes if the vehicle is following the driver’s intended course
via an array of smart sensors. If the vehicle approaches the limits of
stability, the AWD torque distribution, engine output and brakes at
each wheel adjust automatically to assist in keeping the vehicle on
course. A Vehicle Dynamics Control ‘off’ switch is useful for driving
out of slushy roads, deep snow or very loose gravel. The ‘off’ position
deactivates the system’s torque-reduction control, while the ABS and
traction control remain active.
Like all Subaru models, the XV Crosstrek has achieved the Insurance
Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) TOP SAFEFY PICK for 2013. In
fact, all Subaru models have been recognized as IIHS TOP SAFETY PICKS
for four consecutive years.
In terms of safety features, the Subaru ring-shaped reinforcement frame
body structure has been proven in more than a decade of use. The
ring-shaped reinforcement frame forms a series of “rings” around the
passenger compartment. This design provides excellent protection in a
variety of collision types, with the structure increasing cabin
rigidity and able to absorb impact energy from any direction.
High-strength members are used on the front of the vehicle, where there
are few crushable zones. This design helps to minimize deformation of
the body in the event of a frontal collision, providing added
protection for occupants.
A reinforcing member at the base of the A-pillar strengthens the joint
between the pillar and the upper frame and helps to ensure that impact
energy produced by a frontal collision is cleanly passed from the frame
to the pillar. With high-strength members added to the critical front
rails and the tops of the centre pillars, and a number of other
reinforcements also made, the roof is strong enough to bear at least
four times the vehicle’s own weight.
Subaru engineered the rear of the vehicle structure so that the energy
of an off-centre rear collision would be evenly distributed left and
right by the rear bumper beams and diagonal members. This design helps
to minimize chassis deformation, as the energy of such a collision does
not now have to be absorbed only on the side of the impact. Front-end
structural details help to bolster safety for pedestrians, in
particular the impact absorbing structures at the cowling at the rear
of the hood and the bottom of the windshield.
Inside, the Subaru XV Crosstrek fills out its safety roster with a
driver’s knee airbag, standard front side pelvis/torso airbags and side
curtain airbags with rollover sensor that offer front and rear outboard
seat coverage. The passenger-seat front airbag features a shell-type
design with a centre groove, thus exposing the passenger to less impact
force upon deployment.
Brake Assist and Brake Override
The 4-channel / 4-sensor Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) incorporates
Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD). The EBD system enhances
braking performance and stability by actively optimizing braking force
between the front and rear wheels according to how the vehicle is
loaded with passengers and cargo.
The Subaru Brake Assist safety system detects how quickly the driver has
pressed the pedal, and if pedal velocity exceeds a certain threshold,
Brake Assist immediately applies pressure up to the ABS limit to help
increase braking effectiveness. In emergency or “panic” braking,
drivers usually apply less pedal force than needed despite pressing the
pedal quickly. The new Brake Override system ensures that the engine
power will be cut when the brake pedal and accelerator are pressed
The 2014 XV Crosstrek features Subaru’s Advanced Frontal Airbag System.
This intelligent air bag system employs dual-stage-deployment driver
and front passenger airbags. A seat position sensor on the driver’s
seat track detects if the driver is sitting too close to the airbag, in
which case the system would delay deployment of the airbag’s second
stage. The passenger side front seat incorporates an occupant detection
module that detects seat occupancy and passenger weight to control
All new Subaru models incorporate electrically triggered pre-tensioners
and force limiters in the front 3-point seatbelts. The seatbelt
mechanism also absorbs energy through internal deformation. There is a
LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) for securing
specially equipped child seats in the rear seat.
About Subaru Canada, Inc.
Subaru Canada, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy
Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the
company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories
through a network of over 85 authorized dealers across Canada. For
additional information, please visit www.pr.subaru.ca or www.subaru.ca.
SOURCE Subaru Canada Inc.
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