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Subaru of America, Inc. today introduced the 2003 Baja, a new type of crossover vehicle that blends the utility and rugged appeal of a compact four-door pickup truck with the driving dynamics, safety and comfort of a passenger car. Based on the Legacy/Outback platform, the unique All-Wheel Drive Baja arrives in Subaru dealerships in fall 2002. Subaru has established a dedicated consumer web site for the new model,

Subaru previewed the design and features of the Baja with the ST-X concept vehicle, first shown in 2000. The ST-X introduced a key to the Baja model's versatility -- the Subaru-designed Switchback(TM) system, which provides the ability to reconfigure the rear seating area, as well as the cargo bed, to meet a variety of needs when transporting people and cargo. The practical size of the Baja makes it easy to maneuver, while still offering cargo-carrying capability not possible in a sedan or wagon.

The expandable pickup bed can handle a variety of outdoors equipment, such as mountain bikes, surfboards or scuba gear -- even a go-kart. Lowering the tailgate and attaching the Subaru accessory bed extender lengthens the bed to nearly 7.5 feet. An integrated bed liner offers easy cleaning and durability, and other useful features include bed sport bars, a bed light and four tie- down hooks. The Baja also comes standard with roof rails and cross bars, and Subaru will offer attachments for skis, kayaks and snowboards.

Like the ST-X concept vehicle that inspired it, the Baja is configured strictly as a four-passenger vehicle. The rear seating area provides each passenger with the feeling of personal space and comfort, further distinguishing the Baja from more utility-oriented offerings.

The Subaru Baja incorporates Subaru Core Technology, which consists of standard full-time All-Wheel Drive, a lightweight, horizontally opposed engine and a simple, symmetric drivetrain layout. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine produces 165 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 166 lb.-ft. peak torque at 4,000 rpm. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, and a four-speed electronic automatic is available as an option.

Heavy-duty raised four-wheel independent suspension permits off-road trail driving while preserving a smooth on-road ride. A standard viscous limited- slip rear differential directs power to the rear wheel with the best traction. Four-wheel disc brakes with four-wheel, four-channel ABS provide all-road, all-weather confidence. Standard 16 x 6.5-inch alloy wheels and 225/60R-16 all-season tires lend a sporty, rugged appearance.

The Subaru Baja shares a family resemblance with the Outback, including the enlarged front fenders, large foldable body-color mirrors and integrated foglights. Exclusive Baja design elements include Silver Stone lower body and tailgate cladding, a unique grill and a stylized alloy fuel door similar to that of the ST-X concept vehicle. A Silver Stone monochromatic model includes matching body and bumper color for a distinctive appearance.

The Baja builds on the content level of the Outback, adding luxury amenities and exclusive interior design features. Highlights of Baja standard features include air conditioning, AM/FM stereo with single-disc CD player, cruise control, keyless entry system, outside temperature gauge, perforated leather trimmed upholstery, power moonroof, power windows, mirrors and door locks and a six-way power driver's seat.

Safety technology in the Baja includes a unitized Ring-Shaped Reinforcement body structure, de-powered dual front airbags, a dual-stage passenger front airbag three-point seatbelts for all seating positions and front seatbelts with pretensioners, force limiters and height-adjustable anchors.

Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered near Philadelphia, the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of nearly 600 franchised dealers across the United States.

SOURCE: Subaru of America, Inc.

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If anyone has read my profile they will know that besides Fords I am also into Subaru's and AWD's. If Ford don't anounce the go-ahead for the R5 soon I might just get one of these things.

Bloody crook name - what was wrong with ST/X which they used for the concept car?

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