Well, here's my contribution. This post copied and pasted from one of my previous posts on another forum.
cars101.com at http://www.cars101.c...sstrek2013.html
Subaru Digital Brochure at http://dbrochure.sub...tm_campaign=rab
Subaru Global specs list (overseas models) at http://www.subaru-gl...xv_rr_spec.html
My own common sense and general knowledge about Subaru vehicles.
Engine in the XV Crosstrek is the FB20, a DOHC timing belt non-turbo engine with no known differences from the regular Impreza (most likely none).
Possible the cooling system may be upgraded, but unconfirmed.
Subaru Symmetrical AWD types:
As always manual uses Continuous AWD (50:50 F:R torque distribution), while the automatic option, the Lineartronic CVT, uses the Active AWD (60:40 F:R torque distribution). As far as I know, there may not be a viscous LSD (limited-slip differential) in the rear, although I would expect it to be standard.
All-Weather Package is standard in North America, as there is no official "base model" available here.
One odd fact is that even though the North American models are rated with a max towing capacity of 1500 lbs,
the lowest towing capacity of overseas models available is at 2645.55 lbs (equipped with the weakest engine, the FB16 and Lineartronic CVT), which is quite baffling,
as the FB20 overseas model (with a 6-speed manual instead, we don't get the 6-speed) can tow up to 3527.4 lbs.
Off-road specs include
Ground clearance: 8.7 inches
Angle of approach: 18 degrees
Breakover angle: 21.1 degrees
Angle of departure: 27.7 degrees
Fording depth: no official number, but most likely about the same as the ground clearance (8.7 inches) since Subarus tend to list the max wading depth just below the level of the undercarriage.
4 wheel anti-lock disc brakes, front vented, solid rear with brake pad return springs with EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution) and brake assist (applies max braking force if panic stop is detected).
Discs measured are:
front 11.6" ventilated disc
rear 10.8" solid discDifferences between Impreza hatch and XV Crosstrek
(plus speculation), the XV Crosstrek has:
* Increased ground clearance due to suspension changes (8.7 inches versus 5.7 for regular Impreza, 5.9 for Impreza Sport), also results in improved approach, departure, and breakover angles for off-road use.
* Larger wheels and tires (17 x 7.0 inch wheels for XV, Sport/Limited Impreza hatch use same-size, lower trim levels use smaller; 225/55R17 tires XV, 205/50R17 tires Sport/Limited Impreza hatch), results in improved overall ground clearance and ability to drive over obstacles.
* Shorter wheelbase (103.7 inches versus 104.1 for regular Impreza), results in improved breakover angle compared to simply lifting suspension (and possibly due to packaging concerns).
* Revised gear ratios (manual transmission final drive ratio is 4.444 versus 4.111 for regular Impreza, other ratios have been modified as well for the XV's manual transmission; Lineartronic CVT gets lower final drive ratio as well), to compensate for extra weight, and for heavy-duty uses such as towing.
* Plastic body cladding protects paint throughout various portions of the body for off-road use.
* Length, width, and height have all grown (175.2 inches for XV, 173.8 inches for hatch; 70.1 for XV, 68.5 for hatch; 63.6 inches for XV, 57.7 inches for hatch)
* Increased weight (XV is roughly 200 lbs heavier than regular Impreza counterpart)
* Larger fuel-tank (15.9 gallons for XV, 14.5 gallons for regular Impreza), likely done for increased weight and for the possibility of heavy-duty use (or should I say heavier use).
* Larger brakes, likely done for increased weight and for the possibility of heavy-duty use (or should I say heavier use).
* Marginally-less cargo space with seats up (22.3 cf XV, 22.4 cf Impreza hatch), I do not know how the XV has less.
* Slightly-larger cargo space with seats down (51.9 cf XV, 49.7 cf Impreza hatch), I do not know how the XV has more.
* Darker window tint (unknown tint values), results in improved privacy for changing clothes, especially useful for outdoor adventurers.