Much of the discussion about the all-new Subaru XV, the successor to the Japanese carmaker’s 2012 hit model, was whether it looked new enough. At first glance it just seems like a facelift—and the orange launch color, same as the signature hue of the first-gen XV, doesn’t help.
But we assure you that this is a new generation, and in the metal it’s distinct enough from its predecessor. We’re here in Taipei, Taiwan, thanks to official distributor Motor Image Pilipinas, for the introduction of Subaru’s popular crossover, and we like what we see so far.
As a whole, the XV is sleeker and looks a little more aggressive. From the friendly headlights of the first generation, they are now narrower and more swept-back. A pair of black trim now frames the lower bumper, and the feature line swoops up more compared to before. The wheel design is similar, but it looks an artist spun them and blurred the ‘star’ a little.
Perhaps the biggest sign of the XV’s newness is what we can’t see. Under the body is a brand-new Subaru Global Platform, which is 70% more rigid for less shake and body roll. This strengthened body has already given the XV a Grand Prix award from the Japan New Car Assessment Program for its good safety score.
Subaru also says the 2.0-liter boxer engine (of course) has been revamped so that it has more power and better fuel economy. Power rises from 148hp to 154hp, and the powerplant is 12kg lighter. Paired to this mill is a Lineartronic automatic transmission that has a manual mode with seven gears.
With a quicker steering ratio, a lower center of gravity, and the symmetrical all-wheel drive system with X-Mode, expect a better driving experience from the new XV. Since this is a crossover, it also benefits from a higher than average ground clearance; the XV’s height from street to body is 220mm.
The cabin is roomier, and there’s lovely orange stitching to be found on the black leather seats. The cargo area is also more spacious, with a wider opening for better accessibility.
Through an 8-inch infotainment display, the XV now gets Apple CarPlay as well. Other convenience and safety features are steering responsive headlights, high beam assist (automatic switching between high and low beams), and rear vehicle detection when backing up.
Expect this new crossover be available for reservation by early September in our market, and sales to follow soon after.
Are you excited about the new Subaru XV?