Inspired by the XV Concept shown last year, the production model comes with a toned down look all around, including the bumpers, grille, lighting units, and sides, while still maintaining a rugged feel.
In the centre of the instrument panel is an eight-inch touchscreen display for the infotainment system, with smartphone connectivity.
A 2.0-litre Direct Injection Boxer engine powers the XV and has been revamped compared to previous naturally aspirated engines. The new engine is lighter, delivering more power and improved fuel economy.
Beyond that, Subaru claims that with its lower centre of gravity and improved suspension system, the vehicle now offers outstanding hazard avoidance capabilities “on a level with a high-performance sports car.” Increased use of high-tensile steel plates, including materials formed by hot press forming also improved the XV’s impact energy absorption by as much as 40% over the outgoing model.
Market-specific details will be announced soon, with Japan and the US (where it will continue to be called the Crosstrek) first in line. It’s expected to arrive in Malaysia before the end of the year. So, what do you think of this new Subaru XV, folks?