2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek SE Subaru has kicked started the year with the announcement of the 2015 XV Crosstrek Special Edition. The Subaru XV Crosstrek SE, limited to only 1,000 units for the U.S. market, has updated exterior and interior trimmings and is the fifth version in the XV Compact SUV line-up, which include the 2.0l base, 2.0l premium, 2.0l limited and Crosstrek Hybrid. The XV range also happens to be Subaru’s third best selling variant.

The XV Crosstrek SE looks the part of a rugged crossover and backs up its appearance with proven Subaru capability. Black side- and wheel-arch cladding, rocker spoiler and roof rails provide a rugged contrast to the body color. The raised ride height (8.7-inch ground clearance), body-color roof spoiler and unique-design 17-inch wheels bolster the Subaru XV Crosstrek variant’s go-anywhere stance and attitude. Dark-tint privacy glass is standard.

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Additional features on the XV Crosstrek SE include Power Moonroof, exclusive Sunrise Yellow exterior with body color foldable mirrors with integrated turn signals along with blackened headlight bezels.

As standard, the XV SE offers Keyless Access with Push-Button Start as well as Pin Code Access, leather-wrapped shift lever handle and steering. Based from the 2.0i Premium trim, the XV SE takes up the StarLink Multimedia audio system, with a 7-inch touch screen display and multi-touch control. This system offers 6-speaker audio and all of the features of the base system plus voice-activated controls. Interior highlights also include a sporty instrument panel, 3-spoke steering, multi-function display with trip computer, and soft-touch materials for the dashboard, door trim and center console armrest.

Front seats are optimized for a rear-end collision and feature tilt-adjustable head restraints for comfort. Large door pockets are included to hold plastic drink bottles and maps. Numerous compartments located in and around the center console hold all manner of today’s personal items, such as phones, USB drives and MP3 players.

A 2,633 mm (103.7-inch) wheelbase yields impressive interior roominess in the Subaru XV Crosstrek, including 899 mm (35.4 inches) of rear seat legroom. With the standard 60/40 split rear seatbacks folded, this versatile five-door crossover provides a flat load floor and up to 1,469 liters (51.9 cubic feet) boot space; equivalent to three golf bags or a large baby stroller.

2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Special Edition is improved over the XV 2.0l Premium

Fitted with a 2.0-liter Subaru BOXER DOHC wih DAVCS engine and paired to a adaptive CVT transmission, the XV SE punches 148 hp at 6,200 rpm and 196 Nm (145 lb/ft.) of peak torque at 4,200 rpm. While, an electric power steering reduces draw on engine power and for 2015 features a quicker steering ratio for 2.8 turns lock to lock. A 6-speed manual mode with steering wheel paddle shifters allows the driver to control the transmission via six pre-set ratios. The transmission also allows “second gear” starts in order to limit the likelihood of wheel spin on slippery surfaces.

Available exclusively with Subaru’s Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), Special Editions include the Subaru Incline Start Assist feature. New transmission logic for 2015 includes stepped shifting under heavy throttle conditions. A standard ECO gauge helps the driver to operate the vehicle as economically as possible. All-Weather Package (heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors and windshield wiper) is also included as standard.

In the suspension department, high-strength suspension components improve agility and hydraulic engine mounts help to damp out vibration. The double-wishbone rear suspension helps to enhance the blend of ride comfort, straight-line stability, handling agility and vehicle response.

The 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek SE is equipped with the Lineartronic CVT feature the Active Torque Split version of Symmetrical AWD and Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) with Traction control, just to name a few.

The Subaru XV Crosstrek Special Edition is slated to reach dealerships in second quarter of the year, with a starting price of $25,290.