Subaru XV and BRZ for Frankfurt

* XV SUV * BRZ coupe will make its debut * New Boxer engine...

Subaru XV and BRZ for Frankfurt

Subaru has confirmed that the production version of its new XV SUV will make its debut at the Frankfurt motor show later this month. A concept version of its new BRZ coupe will also be on display.

The XV SUV is a rival for the Nissan Qashqai and Volkswagen Tiguan and Subaru has confirmed that its dimensions closely match those two. Unlike the Qashqai and Tiguan, the XV will be four-wheel-drive only.

The engine line-up will include a 1.6-litre petrol and a 2.0-litre diesel, while a CVT gearbox will be available as an option.?An XV concept car was unveiled at the Shanghai motor show in April and the latest image released by Subaru reveals that the production version will change little.

The XV is due on sale early next year, but Subaru is yet to reveal prices for the car. Subarus British importer, the IM Group, has said that the XVs pricing needs to be competitive with the Nissan Qashqais.

Details of the BRZ are limited, but the BRZ Prologue concept car that will be unveiled at Frankfurt will give a strong idea of how the production version will look. The sporty, rear-wheel-drive coupe has been jointly developed with Toyota, which has shown concept versions of its version, called FT-86.

The B part of the BRZ name comes from 'Boxer', which is the configuration of Subaru's lightweight, horizontally opposed engine where the pistons lie flat, punching out like boxers.?A new 2.0-litre direct-injection version has been developed specifically for the BRZ.

The BRZ is due to go on sale in spring 2012.