Motor Image Pilipinas invites drivers to ‘Unpark their Life’ with the arrival of the all-new Subaru XV. The compact crossover vehicle now boasts of an all-new look, improved driving dynamics and a revised powertrain, the 2018 XV aims to deliver practicality and functionality in one crossover.
It owes much of these changes to the new Subaru Global Platform which underpins the vehicle. It is also uses in the new Impreza. The Subaru Global Platform is more rigid and reduces vibrations and body roll better than the old platform.The XV also has improved body strength thanks to the increased use of high-tensile steel. This makes the XV also safer with a 40-percent improvement in energy absorption in an event of a collision.
The new XV is designed around Subaru’s new design language called ‘Dynamic x Solid’. It’s characterized by headlights with integrated C-shaped daytime running lamps. The new hexagonal grille now protrudes further forward. Behind, it’s capped off by broader taillights also with C-shaped brake lights.
The XV has been designed to handle both street and off-road driving. This is evident in the new 18-inch aluminum alloys that lift it 220mm off the ground. The XV’s more rugged character is highlighted by matte body cladding in the wheel arches, front bumper, rear bumper and side sills.
Inside, the XV has also been revised with a cabin bearing a sportier design. The dashboard has orange contrast stitching.Its sculpted steering wheel integrates mounted controls for the stereo and cruise control. Over in the center, entertainment is provided by a eight-inch touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay. Trip details and vehicle status readouts are displayed in a separate information screen just above it. Other standard in-car features available in the XV include: automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, electronic parking brake, paddle shifters, cruise control and automatic headlights.
Powering it is a 2.0-liter flat four boxer engine.It generates 156 PS at 6000 rpm along with 196 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm. The engine itself is 12kg lighter than before and now includes direct injection. It is then paired with an updated Lineartronic CVT that comes with a seven-speed manual mode. Power is sent to all four wheels courtesy of Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.
When tackling rougher roads, the XV’s X-Mode optimizes the engine, transmission, all-wheel-drive system, vehicle dynamics control and brakes automatically to better handle slippery terrain.
The XV also comes with several handy aids like High Beam Assist (which automatically switches between high beam and low beam when it detects oncoming vehicles), Steering Responsive Headlights (that move to the direction of the steering wheel), and Rear View Detection that helps in safer lane changing and reversing.
The XV’s safety package includes anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist, engine immobilizer, vehicle dynamics control, ISOFIX child seat anchors and seven airbags.
“The all-new Subaru XV is a bold statement that will cater to Filipinos who require the practical and functional features of a crossover SUV for their everyday activities. We are thrilled to launch this new generation XV built on the new Subaru Global Platform. The first generation XV was very well received and we are confident that the all-new Subaru will be the perfect driving partner for Filipinos, whether it be in daily traffic or out-of-town escapades,” said Reza Mutalib, Head of Regional Marketing, Motor Image Enterprises Pte. Ltd.
The all-new Subaru XV has retained the pricing of the model it replaces. The XV 2.0i is priced at P1,348,000, and the XV 2.0i-S is priced at P1,538,000.
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