If it ain’t broke...
The XV is so successful, Subaru ain’t messing with it.
Under the bright lights of the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, Subaru finally unveiled the all-new XV. And just like the Impreza compact sedan it’s based on, the high-riding crossover hatchback has taken the same evolutionary styling route.
It retains its distinctive profile, but is now longer, lower and wider for a more performance-oriented stance. Up front is a larger version of the brand’s hexagonal honeycomb-pattern grille, flanked by the familiar hawk-eye headlamps. This being a crossover, it gets a healthy dose of matte-black trim on the lower grille surrounds, foglight housings, wheel-arch extensions, and sills for a tough, outdoorsy appearance. Handsome two-tone 18in alloys complete the exterior design. The roomier and tech-filled interior, meanwhile, is pretty much identical to that of the Impreza, save for some orange contrast stitching on the dashboard and the center console.
Riding on Subaru’s new global platform, the latest XV features a more rigid structure for improved NVH levels. Its lower center of gravity, revised suspension, quicker steering ratio, and Active Torque Vectoring ensure improved handling and maneuverability. The engineers of Fuji Heavy Industries didn’t forget the main brief for this crossover hatchback: They managed to maintain the impressive 220mm of ground clearance of its predecessor. That betters the ground clearance of some compact SUVs on the market today.
Powering the XV is a revamped version of Subaru’s naturally aspirated 2.0-liter boxer-four engine, which now produces 154hp and 196Nm of torque. This is mated to the new seven-speed Lineartronic CVT with a manual shift function. Compared with their older counterparts, the new engine and CVT are 12kg and 7.8kg lighter, respectively. As expected, the Japanese carmaker’s Symmetrical AWD system comes as standard, and now features X-Mode to control engine output, torque split, braking, and other drivetrain settings to optimize grip on rough surfaces and slippery conditions.
The all-new XV has been improved in virtually every way, and it definitely looks like Subaru has another potential winner in its hands. If you have your eyes set on this new crossover, it’s expected to reach our shores as early as the third quarter of 2017.