Today, the Subaru XV crossover was finally and officially debuted in Tokyo, where the much-discussed trucklet will go on sale on October 5. After the car was shown at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in orange, appeared in Consumer Reports, in orange, and even appeared at lesser venues, in orange, it finally arrived in Tokyo. In orange, of course.
The unveiling took place in Tokyo’s fashionable Harajuku district, a place where one usually would go on weekends, wearing a Lolita outfit, or to look for people wearing one. Today, we looked at the new Subaru XV, which proudly took the stage, wearing orange, of course.
In comparison to the austere launch party for the Toyota eQ yesterday, this was a gala event, complete with dancing girls. Unveiling the XV was a bit like taking the wraps off the Venus of Milo: we’ve seen here in the buff before.
“What it really is is a Subaru Impreza hatchback up on stilts,” Consumer Reports says about the Subaru XV. As a target group for this vehicle, “urban adventurists” have been identified. I guess these are people who wake up in their brick loft on W 4th, and then decide they would drive to the end of the universe, say, 116th Street, “let’s get a wiggle on, we want to be back after dark. Oh, did I say something bad?”
It is assumed that after all the hoopla about that orange crossover, sufficient knowledge of its specs does exist. The JDM specs won’t do you any good anyway if you are not in Japan. Japan gets three trims, all with the 2 Liter boxer engines, all with AWD and CVT, costing in Japan between ¥2,184,500 and ¥2,467,500 ($28,000 and $32,000) before tax. The pricey one has the fabled EyeSight. They come in 9 colors, including orange.