The ST-X has a number of innovative features.

 

Subaru ST-X Concept Vehicle

 

ST-X

 

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The ST-X Concept was introduced at the Los Angeles International Auto Show on January 6, 2000. The front end was from the Legacy, and the cabin was based on the Forester and Outback.

 

 

The ST-X Concept was custom-built from behind the rear door to the rear bumper.

 

 

Innovative exterior highlights include the Switchback, which extends the truck bed by lowering the rear seat. A removable “bucket” for storing wet items fills the tire well.

 

 

The ST-X Concept’s orange-and-black interior was custom-built.

 

 

Specialized Vehicles, Inc. in Troy, Michigan, modified the engine with a supercharger and intercooling to produce 230 horsepower.

 

 

A special Subaru of America team designed and developed the ST-X with technical support from Subaru in Japan, and Specialized Vehicles, Inc. (SVI) of Troy, Michigan, built the ST-X concept. The ST-X Team worked with SVI to develop the vehicle over the Internet, cutting development and construction time by about three months. Engineers and designers used a secure Web site to collaborate on ideas and construction methods.

The Subaru ST-X resulted from the work of a team of marketing and product planning personnel at Subaru of America, Inc. Introduced at the Los Angeles International Auto Show on January 6, 2000, the ST-X was the forerunner of the Baja.

 

The front end was from the Legacy, and the cabin was based on the Forester and Outback. It was custom-built from behind the rear door to the rear bumper.

 

The foundation for the engine was a 2.5-liter four-cylinder from a WRX STi. Specialized Vehicles, Inc. in Troy, Michigan, modified the engine with a supercharger and intercooling to produce 230 horsepower. It drives through a five-speed transmission that offers four-wheel drive in high or low range.

 

 

Innovative exterior highlights include the Switchback, which extends the truck bed by lowering the rear seat. The tailgate lowers hydraulically, and the bed includes an extender. A removable “bucket” for storing wet items fills the tire well. On the roof, between the custom rails, is a soft, fold-back top. The rails have turn signals incorporated in their leading edges. The light bar across the top is custom-made. There are two sets of bumper-mounted lamps – one used for running lamps and the other for fog.

 

Called “Solar Flare,” the custom orange paint was developed by Sherwin-Williams. Cladding paint is called “Moondust.” These are patented by Subaru.

 

The orange and black interior was custom- built. Features include a two-tone steering wheel, 650-watt McIntosh Audio system, and satin chrome trim.

 

 

 

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