First new Subaru XV since 2012 on the way…
The Subaru XV has enjoyed mixed fortunes in Australia, popular at first, a flood of quality small SUVs and crossovers in recent times have worked to push it down the sales charts.
But Subaru is hoping this new-generation model will get the Subaru XV back on the agenda.
Unveiled just now at the Geneva Motor Show, the new XV features not entirely different styling to the soon to be superseded model, but it is very different underneath.
Built on the Japanese car companies new Global Platform architecture, Subaru tell us this helps to significantly enhance the body and chassis rigidity and strength.
A lower centre of gravity is said to also assist handling and steering control.
Ground clearance of 220mm carries through from the old model though, while buyers will once again have just the one engine offer – an updated version of the 2.0 litre boxer engine.
Lighter and more economical than the current engine, the updated engine is also more powerful (up 5kW to 115kW/196Nm), the engine will again be mated exclusively to a CVT auto transmission (with seven-speed ‘manual’ mode).
No surprise, all-wheel drive will come as standard on the new XV.
While the cabin of the new 2018 Subaru XV boasts a larger 8.0” touchscreen and updated seats.
Lastly, new exterior colours ‘Cool Grey Khaki’ and ‘Sunshine Orange’ have also been added.