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2011 Subaru Impreza XV Mizuno Edition

Over on the other side of the world in the Land Down Under, Japanese automaker Subaru recently launched the special edition Impreza XV Mizuno Edition. The project, which was born from a collaboration between the Japanese automaker and the Japanese sports accessory brand Mizuno, features an Impreza XV SUV that has been dressed with a limited edition exterior paint finish and given a variety of extra features rounding up to more than $3,000.

On top of that, all models of the Impreza XV Mizuno will also come with a $500 voucher that owners can use to redeem premium running packs from Mizuno. The goodies include two pairs of shoes, drink bottles, caps, and bags.

All told, this special edition Subaru Impreza will only have 250 available units that will be exclusively sold in Australia beginning this March. The price tag for the five-speed manual variant will be AUD$29,990 ($29,763 at the current rates), with the four-speed automatic version priced at AUD$31,990 ($31,748 at the current rates).

Unfortunately, the car isn’t sold here, but it’s good to know that our buddies over in Australia have a pretty attractive piece of ride coming to their beaches in a couple of months.

Details on the 2011 Subaru Impreza XV Mizuno Edition after the jump.

Exterior and Interior

The XV Mizuno Edition SUV has been dressed in ‘Paprika Red’, a color that’s exclusive to this particular model. Other pertinent features include specially-designed grille and bumper, a thicker rear spoiler, roof cross bars with a carrier system for surfboard and skis, a new bonnet, headlamp protectors, and its very own Mizuno badging.

On the interior, the features include bucket seats dressed up in a two-tone color, audio controlled satellite switches, Bluetooth hands-free switches on the steering wheel, an information gauge that’s laid out along the top of the center panel, specially-designed carpet mats with Mizuno badging, and a Garmin GPS satellite system.

Performance

Since no performance upgrades were done on the Impreza XV, the special edition SUV retains the powertrain options available in the standard version. There’s a 2.0-liter gasoline engine that produces a total of 150 horsepower and 196 Nm of torque. The other available option will be a 2.0-liter diesel variant that delivers 150 horsepower and an impressive 350 Nm of torque. Both engine variants can be combined to two transmission options: a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission, both of which will be available with a Symmetrical All Wheel Drive System system.

Standard XV

Subaru Impreza XV

Pricing

This special edition Subaru Impreza XV Mizuno SUV will only have 250 models, which will be exclusively sold in Australia beginning this March. Anybody interested in the vehicle will have to pony up AUD$29,990 ($29,763 at the current rates) for the five-speed manual and AUD$31,990 ($31,748 at the current rates) for the four-speed automatic variant.

Competition

Over in Australia, the Impreza XV’s most direct competition is the Nissan Dualis. Similar to its rival, the Dualis infuses characteristics of a hatchback with the driving dynamics of a crossover. Both cars can be had for about the same price - AUD$29,990 - but given the special edition nature of the Impreza XV Mizuno Edition, it has a significant leg up over the Dualis.

LOVE IT
  • That ’Paprika Red’ color looks spicy and delicious
  • Carrier system on the roof is perfect for Australians
  • Gift vouchers are always nice
LEAVE IT
  • The SUV will only be sold in Australia, leaving us with little chance of owning one
  • Apart from the badges, there’s very little reference made to Mizuno
  • If you live in Australia, the limited number - 250 units - makes it a crapshoot to get one



20 comments:

I can’t imagine how great minds created Subaru Impeza. For me, simplicity can still look elegant and stylish too. Well, XV Mizuno proved it.

It is normal to see a hatchback SUV, but the system used is unique to me. Too bad that it will only be sold in Australia. I hope that when time goes by, they will allow it in US market.

The limited production of Subaru Impreza is too bad for it, Its good to know if its available not only in Australia.

I love the model that seems to be a perfect edge for taking its the right road. In a very effecient and effective way.

It seems that Carrier system is perfect for the Aussie. But it’s kind of disappointing that there is no upgrade for the engine has been made.

The leather packed Impreza R is a proper limited edition with only 1,000 headed to Australia (arriving in April). The choices will include five-speed manual or four-speed automatic available in both sedan and hatch body-types.

The production version of Toyota’s FT-86 will likely debut by year’s end but, given Subaru’s version is still labeled a concept, don’t expect the Subaru coupe to debut in production form until sometime in 2012.

For the interior, customers will get to choose between all black or red and black sports seats which boast additional side support..

on the other hand, riding with a good performance engine is such a great experience. not only for fun but also you can gain Confidence on high speed driving.

aside from the exterior this impreza is not AWD and its engine is not that powerful as the impreza WRX. if I’m going to chose an MPV I would rather take the Kia Borrego/Carens instead.

I didn’t imagine that Subaru will make such thing like this. i bet there are Subaru enthusiast has turned their back to this one. it looks ugly with those fins, even my wife said that it would be better if they remove the fins.

Over on the other side of the world in the Land Down Under, Japanese automaker.
Unfortunately, the car isn’t sold here, but it’s good to know that our buddies over in Australia have a pretty attractive piece of ride.Japanese automaker is the one who give the name of this model and eventually known.

well i guess this car is really build for dirt and mud, and no road for the luxury and comfort for the driver. in this instance, the evo wins my heart.

I like the exterior of the Impreza R Hatch but the interior is SO BAD. I went in it at the motor show and it was really plain and high up and weird…

haha that looks great. specially the body paint and the fenders. I wonder why the engine’s displacement too low for the Impreza? it should be more than 250 ponies right?

it looks more like a wagon to me, and it looks delicious to drive because of its name. mizuno is one of my favorite japanese food specially when it’s pungent or spicy.

smiley $31.000 for this car? What does it do? Can it drive underwater? Can it fly?

This has the shape of a cartoon car more than a real life car!

Too bad of the awesome platform of the Subaru cars. I think they will be Lotus2 smiley

Uhh, I think I’m gonna call this one the ugly black frog!

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