Exclusive – Subaru has no plans to bring Exiga Crossover 7 to Europe image

The Japanese automaker, a rising star in the United States, recently unveiled back home in its country the new Exiga Crossover 7, the production series model of the CROSSOVER 7 Concept that was showcased back in November 2013 during the Tokyo Motor Show.

Fuji Heavy Industries, the parent company of the Subaru brand has reason to celebrate – its deliveries are skyrocketing in the United States, the second largest auto market on the planet. The all-wheel drive oriented brand, although not without its fair share of fans on the continent, has never been a top player in Europe, which is also highlighted by the lack of interest to commercialize the full range of models it produces. The same case is with the recently unveiled Exiga Crossover 7 model, which has been confirmed not to jump across the continents and land in Europe. The model has just been unveiled back at home in Japan and is already scheduled to reach dealerships in May with a price starting from ¥2,550,000.

Featured in the rising “urban crossover” segment, the new Exiga variant has a prominent radiator grille, plastic body protections and the assorted LED daytime running lights. The adventure prone is also getting roof rails, a tailgate-mounted spoiler and 17-inch alloy wheels. While the overall design will see its fair share of fans or detractors, the interior will seek to win a numerous audience thanks to the leather wrapped seats, piano black trim and metallic accents. As the name suggests, the model has ample room, enough to accommodate seven persons. Under the hood sits the well-known 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 173 PS (127 kW) and 235 Nm (173 lb-ft) of torque, mated to a continuously variable transmission and the traditional symmetrical all-wheel drive system.