Style comes to fore­front with Subaru’s new-gen­er­a­tion com­pact SUV

Pilbara News - - Motoring - Ewan Kennedy

Subaru is renowned for mak­ing solid, sen­si­ble ve­hi­cles, with styling tak­ing a rel­a­tively mi­nor place.

The ob­vi­ous ex­cep­tion is the sleek BRZ coupe, but the prob­lem is it’s not what you would call a fam­ily road hauler.

Back at the start of 2012, Subaru sur­prised us with a new model called XV, a com­pact SUV with a bit of style.

The pub­lic took to it im­me­di­ately and sales were strong from day one.

A new-gen­er­a­tion 2017 Subaru XV went on dis­play at the Geneva Mo­tor Show and is based around the same Subaru Global Plat­form first seen in the Subaru Im­preza that landed here in De­cem­ber.

The SGP pro­vides greater body and chas­sis rigid­ity. Op­ti­mised frame struc­ture and stronger joints be­tween parts al­low the new plat­form to im­prove over­all tor­sional rigid­ity by 70 per cent over the about-to-be-su­per­seded XV.

This dis­trib­utes res­o­nance and dis­tor­tion through­out the body, re­duc­ing vi­bra­tions from the steer­ing wheel, floor, and seats, there­fore achiev­ing bet­ter noise sup­pres­sion.

Im­pres­sive tech­nol­ogy. We will test these claims when we at­tend the me­dia launch of the new XV.

In the mean­time, our tests of the Subaru Im­preza cer­tainly show it’s quiet, smooth and lux­u­ri­ous, so there’s lit­tle doubt the XV will be good.

The new Subaru XV isn’t aimed at the rough and tough 4WD buyer, but the in­tro­duc­tion of an ad­vanced X-Mode trac­tion sys­tem will add to its rough road ca­pa­bil­ity.

It has 220mm of ground clear­ance; a lot more than in many so­called SUVs on the Aus­tralian mar­ket that are re­ally just hatch­backs with a few mil­lime­tres more clear­ance than cars. Subaru’s lat­est Eye­Sight Driver As­sist sys­tem de­buts on the XV and is joined by rear ve­hi­cle de­tec­tion, lane change and re­vers­ing as­sis­tance.

The XV has an 8.0-inch touch­screen dis­play for the in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, which can con­nect with smart­phones.

Most of the com­po­nents of the XV’s FB 2.0-litre di­rect-in­jec­tion Boxer en­gine have been com­pletely re­vamped, mak­ing it lighter and able to pro­duce more power while us­ing less fuel.

The new gen­er­a­tion Subaru XV has a wider, lower look to give it a semi-sporty theme.

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