As with the previous XV the new generation owes much of its existence to the regular Impreza hatch, but with taller ride height, and more burly looking styling features, including black plastic-clad bumpers and wheel arches to give it some SUV cred.
The new XV is the second vehicle, after Impreza, to utilise the brand’s Subaru Global Platform chassis architecture, which has allowed for a 70 per cent more rigid chassis, with a lower centre of gravity, whilst still maintaining 220mm of ground clearance.
Handling also benefits from the change, with optimised suspension specifications and new, faster steering gear ratio. For adventure seekers X-Mode all-wheel drive allows optimised control of engine, braking and all-wheel drive for greater control on loose or slippery surfaces, while Active Torque Vectoring enhances steering and handling on-road.
Power for the new XV comes from a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder ‘boxer’ engine, producing 115kW and 196Nm, matched to Subaru’s Lineartronic continuously variable transmission which delivers power to all four wheels.
On the safety front, the move to high-strength steel construction contributes to a 40 per cent improvement in crash energy absorption, while pre-collision braking control, adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist - all functions of the Subaru EyeSight dual-camera system - are also available.
The interior benefits from the same changes as the Impreza, with a new 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system including smartphone connectivity and orange contrast stitching used throughout the interior.
At present Subaru has only detailed specifications for the European market, where the XV arrives ahead of the new Impreza range. Australian details are set to be released ahead of the XV’s local launch, which is expected in mid 2017.
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