Unique Legacy For Rural Use

May 1st, 2012 by Karen Joy Provo

Subaru has unveiled a new New Zealand-bound Legacy variant at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition.

The Model Year 2013 car features a new grille, front bumpers, and sporty sills with chrome-type highlights, exclusive 18-inch wheels and ride height raised 60 mm.

Interior detail changes include black metal-type centre panel, centre console and steering switch panel, while the electronic park brake and SI-Drive switches are relocated for easier use.

“This new Legacy variant will be ideal for kiwi rural roads,” said Wallis Dumper, the Managing Director of Subaru of New Zealand. “We have a huge percentage of unsealed surfaces and the extra ride height adds to its capability in regional and rural areas.

“Another key aspect of this new Legacy variant is that the hip point is 70 mm higher than the current sedan, making entry and exit easier, which should really suit some of those traditional Calais and Fairmont drivers who you witness climbing out of their “gravel-rashed” vehicles in most rural communities.”

“Only three markets in the world – Australia, China and New Zealand – are getting this new variant, recognising some of the unique road conditions experienced in these countries.”

“It is still an enlightening statistic that a lot of our rural roads are unsealed, about a third in fact”.

“Obviously our All Wheel Drive Legacy is a great choice for these conditions and the new variant with its extra ground clearance makes an even stronger case, plus it provides a suitable environment for the farming executive of today”.

“We see its main market to be in rural areas, but it will also be ideal for those with tricky driveways, those who travel with trailers, boats and caravans, or just those who want a sedan where you can sit a bit higher.

“The new variant will initially be available in New Zealand with a 3.6 litre engine with potential for the smaller 2.5-litre engine at a later date.”

Pricing and release dates will be advised later.

Mr Dumper added: “While other Legacy in the range will retain their existing ride height, some of the other enhancements in the new variant will be shared by other Legacy in the MY13 line-up when it goes on sale later this year.

“This new variant gives us another opportunity to bring something different to market and judging by the success of our other recent offerings, including XV and Impreza; we can see a lot of potential.”

Subaru plans to release four new models by 2016

July 11th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Subaru is going big and has announced plans to build and release four new models over the next five years. The biggest launch will be the much-anticipated sports coupe that’s in development in conjunction with Toyota. A new hybrid model is also expected.

Subaru has also revealed what it calls the ‘Motion-V plan’, which aims to generate global sales of 900,000 units per year by 2016. This will be a huge increase on the 633,000 sales the Japanese company has forecast for the current fiscal year.

Subaru’s new range will be lead out in the second quarter of 2012 with the global launch of the as-yet unnamed sports coupe, that’s nicknamed the Toyobaru. Toyota has released images and more details for its own ‘FT-86’ version of the vehicle, while Subaru has revealed very few details or photos of its concept. Continue reading “Subaru plans to release four new models by 2016” »

Subaru breaks out XV concept vehicle at Shanghai show

April 20th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

For any Subaru fans out there wanting a glimpse of the future for their favoured brand – here’s the new XV Concept. The covers have just been pulled off this latest crossover concept at the Auto Shanghai 2011 motor show.

What exactly is it? It’s a compact crossover vehicle based on the same platform as the upcoming 2012 Subaru Impreza. Keen enthusiasts will already know that a high-riding Impreza XV variant already sells in some markets globally.

Features of the concept vehicle’s design include popped out wheel arches, full length glass roof, integrated roof rails and lower body cladding – all features that suggest a focus on practicality and off road ability. Flashing it up is Subaru’s latest hexagonal grille, hawk-eye headlights, 19-inch light alloy rims with clear blue centre caps and a matte ‘Electro Yellowgreen’ finish.

No surprises under the XV’s bonnet with Subaru’s 2.0-litre horizontally opposed Boxer engine turning all four wheels through a symmetrical AWD system. Power is shifted through a CVT transmission.

In the cabin, light leather treatment contrasts with the darker tones of other cabin features. There’s a large touch panel multi-function display in the center console for easy navigation and audio control while displaying vehicle information. Continue reading “Subaru breaks out XV concept vehicle at Shanghai show” »

Subaru gives sneak peak of XV Concept

April 12th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Next week is a busy one for Subaru with the scheduled debut of two new vehicles for the Japanese carmaker.

At the Auto Shanghai 2011 show, Subaru is ready to drop the covers off its XV crossover concept car that has been teased in a single, darkened image this week.

While the silhouette image leaves some mystery, the XV is a preview of the 2012 Impreza XV,  the high-riding version of the Impreza Hatchback already sold in some markets in the current generation. While Subaru are staying tight-lipped at this stage the XV will feature Subaru’s symmetrical All Wheel Drive system and likely a boxer engine. This will allow the XV genuine crossover ability.

In terms of design there’s four doors, highly styled headlamps, big concept car wheels and the overall  shape of a crossover, albeit one with a raked back profile. Continue reading “Subaru gives sneak peak of XV Concept” »

Subaru Impreza XV arriving in NZ mid year

March 5th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Subaru’s newest model, the Impreza XV, which has just been launched at the Geneva Motor Show, will be available in New Zealand towards the middle of the year.

The Impreza XV isn’t a totally street-focussed machine and will apparently combine road performance with recreational styling.

Only one engine will be available a two-litre model with the choice of manual or automatic transmission and naturally symmetrical All Wheel Drive will be standard.

Among the features unique to Impreza XV are wheel arch extensions, roof rails, grille, and interior trim. Black wheel arch flares and side sills give the Impreza XV an off-road look. A large rear spoiler extends down both sides of the rear window, while black aluminium roof rails feature up top.

Suspension spring and damper rates are slightly firmer than the standard Impreza models, while retaining a quality ride. The Impreza XV sits on 16-inch alloy wheels with 205/55R16 tyres.

New Zealand versions will be optimized for local conditions by having a greater ride height than the European specification cars shown in Geneva

Standard safety features will include Vehicle Dynamics Control with ABS brakes, Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Brake Assist. There are six air bags and Subaru’s patented ring shaped reinforcement frame body shell.

Complete specification details and pricing will be announced at the time of the Impreza XV’s launch in New Zealand.

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