Should Subaru PH expand the Evoltis range with this Onyx Edition variant?

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by Leandre Grecia | Jun 15, 2021
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It’s only been a few months since Motor Image Pilipinas (MIP) launched the Subaru Evoltis here in our market, but we’re already out here thinking it should expand the lineup a bit further.

Specifically, with this: the Onyx Edition variant. This special-edition trim was just launched in the US for the Ascent—that’s what they call the Evoltis there—and we’re digging it.

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To put it simply, it’s a blacked-out Evoltis. The chrome trim on the grille and the foglamp housings have all been covered in black. The 20-inch alloy wheels sport a sleek dark finish, too. Also, this SUV is adorned by unique Onyx Edition badges.

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Inside, it gets unique dark accents as well. Here, you’ll also find Subaru’s StarTex water-repellant seats fitted as standard, but for the most part, the cabin remains the same.

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The aesthetic upgrades comprise most of the changes, though. Under the hood, it’s still got the same powertrain as PH-spec Evoltis units—a 2.4-liter turbocharged gasoline boxer engine churning out 256hp and 375Nm mated to a Lineartronic CVT.

What it does get are niceties such as reverse automatic braking, a power liftgate, a heated steering wheel, and keyless entry with push-to-start ignition. These are features unavailable in the Premium variant that sits below the Onyx Edition in the lineup.

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The Onyx Edition can also be specced with a panoramic moonroof, upgraded navigation, and a retractable cargo cover. A different package adds a Starlink eight-inch multimedia navigation system with a 14-speaker Harman Kardon setup.

Seeing as we only have a single Evoltis variant available here in our market, do you reckon this special Onyx Edition trim would be a good addition to the roster? You can check out more photos of it below, and tell us what you think in the comments.

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