A most of know the XV and the Impreza have A LOT of things in common. Also, these two models share a lot of things with the other Subaru models as well.
It looks like that's going to continue with the use of Subaru's Global Platform across all models (except for the BRZ). Here's a nice article on what we can expect to see in the new Global Platform and how it translated to the Impreza which I'm assuming will more or less move to the XV as well!
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Some quotes from the article -
- That platform will underpin every one of the brand’s new models for the next 10 years. That means XV, WRX, Forester, Liberty, Outback, hybrid models and even fully electric cars. So, swapping out parts from one model to the next should be able to continue
- The Impreza is 95 per cent new, from its 2.0-litre direct-injection boxer engine and CVT transmission down to the instruments. So most of the XV will probably follow this as well.
- the new car is 10mm lower, 35mm longer and has a 25mm longer wheelbase that provides an extra 26mm of rear legroom. The boot is also bigger by five litres.
- It’s the same with the chassis, which is far more rigid and has even been engineered to survive the world’s toughest new crash test — an American invention that slams a 2.5-tonne SUV into the nose of the Impreza at 90km/h.
- The best thing to say about the new Impreza is that it does not remotely feel like a Subaru. It’s quiet, calm and plush, more like something upscale-ish — call it an Audi A4. It’s completely lost the feel of a tin can on wheels, and the chassis is so good that the basic Impreza feels significantly underpowered. That means the next WRX should really be a stonker.
- I’m still not a fan of the CVT transmission, though it is much quieter in all conditions and is almost free of flaring at full throttle.
- It needs air vents for the back seats and there is no space in the tail for a full-sized spare
- The seats are well shaped and supportive, the dash looks good and displays all the information without being confusing, and even the visibility in all directions is good.