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The all-new Subaru XV has finally arrived. With new looks, an all-new platform and improved performance and handling, the Japanese crossover certainly makes for a very interesting proposition. But the best bit though has to be the price--it hasn't changed.

Yes, you read that correct: The second-generation model is priced the same as its predecessor. It's available in two variants, both running on 2.0-liter naturally aspirated Subaru Boxer engines capable of 154hp at 6,000rpm and 196Nm at 4,000rpm, and both with Lineartronic transmissions. That's a 6hp uptick compared to the previous model, and the engine's build and transmission is considerably lighter, too.

Oh, right. The prices:

* Subaru XV 2.0i – P1,348,000

* Subaru XV 2.0i-S – P1,538,000

Subaru's also added to the XV's AWD versatility by equipping the all-new iteration with X-Mode (as seen in the crossover's bigger brother, the Forester), which essentially provides extra performance on rough terrain by optimizing different vehicle functions such as the brakes, engine, and aforementioned AWD system. As for the new platform, it's 70% more rigid than its predecessor, providing a more comfortable drive with less vibration and body roll, according to the Japanese carmaker.

Cabin quality has improved considerably. The crossover is now roomier, and features better materials and an updated dashboard. There's also a new 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Our executive editor Dinzo Tabamo absolutely loved the XV's interior and said so in last month's cover story. Now we can see why.

The all-new XV is already available for reservation at all Subaru dealerships nationwide. You can check out more of this versatile crossover in the photos below. Will you be placing the second-gen XV on your shortlist?



Drei Laurel
Staff Writer
Drei's passion for driving began not behind the wheel of a car, but in front of a keyboard and computer screen, playing 'Need For Speed' for hours on end with his twin brother.
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