Second-Gen Subaru XV Launched

THE popular Subaru XV might have been around for only seven years, having been first introduced in 2012, but the second-generation is already here. Subaru has retained a similar styling outline but make no mistake, the latest XV is categorised as an ‘all-new’ model.
It sits on a brand new Subaru Global Platform that is said to deliver less shake and body roll to be way more fun to drive. This is the result of the body and chassis rigidity being improved by more than 70 per cent compared to the previous model.

The horizontally opposed 2.0-litre Boxer engine is also revamped and equipped with direct fuel injection; it has become about 12kg lighter than the power unit in the previous model. It is undersquare in configuration with 84.0mm bore and 90.0mm stroke to displace an exact 1995cc. Power output is rated at 115kW (156PS) at 6000rpm and 196Nm at 4000rpm.

A complementary development is the seven-speed Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) that is also lighter (by 7.8kg) over the transmission in the previous model. To support its Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive System is the X-MODE that is said to enhance driving performance on challenging terrain through optimised integrated control of the engine, all-wheel drive system, brakes and other functions.

For a vehicle that tips the scales at under 1600kg (kerb weight), its performance is reasonably good. Subaru says the new XV accelerates from standstill to 100km/h in 10.4 seconds and would do a 194km/h to speed (please smile for the speed cameras!). The combined fuel consumption is rated at 13.7km/l (7.3 1/100km).

Subaru says the rugged and sporty body profile of the XV incorporates the company’s new ‘Dynamic and Solid’ design philosophy. The exterior features include Subaru’s iconic hexagonal grille with C-shaped headlamps, matte black cladding on the front bumper and a new aluminium wheel design. It sits on a wide and low stance to underline its rugged character while retaining the high ground clearance of 220mm.

Stepping inside the new XV, an 8.0-inch touchscreen display takes central pride of place on the dashboard while functionalities such as all-round visibility, cabin space and cargo room are all improved. Motor Image Malaysia has made available two variants, one with a higher level of trim and specification, to cater the respective tastes.

In safety, Subaru says the all-new XV recently won the Grand Prix Award in Japan New Car Assessment Program (JNCAP) Collision Safety Performance Assessment with the highest score ever. It was also awarded a five-star rating in the 2017 Euro NCAP Safety Test along with the Impreza.

The XV’s achievement is contributed to by the improved level of passive safety that is the result of the new Subaru Global Platform’s frame structure, which is beefed up through the higher use of high-tensile steel. The energy absorption in a collision is improved by 40 per cent over the previous model. Both XV variants get seven airbags; front, side, curtain (two each) and knee.

The higher-spec XV 2,0i-P comes with Steering Responsive Headlights that allow the beam to move according to the direction of the car is steered, maximising visibility during night driving. Likewise, it also gets the LED (light emitting diode) daytime running light and Pop-up Type Headlamp washers as standard.

Price-wise, the latest Subaru XV remains as attractively listed as before. Motor Image is making the lower-spec XV 2.0i available at RM118,819, on the road without insurance, while the higher-spec XV 2.0i-P is about RM6000 more. There is a choice of six colours; Sunshine Orange, Dark Blue Pearl, Pure White, Ice Silver Metallic, Dark Grey Metallic and Crystal Black Silica.