TC Subaru Sdn Bhd, the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles in Malaysia, has launched the all-new Subaru XV, which represents the first full model change since the original model was launched in 2012. It is also the second model to employ the revolutionary Subaru Global Platform that delivers less body roll and more driving fun.
Available in 2.0i and 2.0i-P variants, the new XV is powered by a revamped, lighter 2.0-liter boxer engine that produces 156 PS at 6,000 rpm. The Lineartronic CVT transmission is also 7.8 kg lighter than previous models and features auto-step shift control and 7-speed manual mode function which enables the driver with greater control.
In addition to the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system, the XV now comes equipped with X-Mode, which enhances driving performance on challenging terrain through optimised integrated control of the engine, all-wheel drive system, brakes and other functions. The Hill Descent Control setting gives drivers greater peace of mind by maintaining low speeds on downhill slopes.
The new platform is said to increase the XV’s rigidity by over 70% compared to previous models, thus reducing vibrations and body roll for a quiet and smooth ride. A quicker steering gear ratio and lower centre of gravity result in responsive steering and straight line stability.
The exterior features Subaru’s iconic hexagonal grille with C-shaped headlights, matte-black cladding on the front bumper and a new aluminium wheel design. It has a ground clearance of 220 mm. Inside, an 8.0-inch touchscreen offers integrated navigation and enables smartphone connectivity.
Passive safety in the XV has also been improved with enhanced body strength thanks to an increased use of high-tensile steel. This enables improved energy absorption in the event of collision by 40% over present models. Seven airbags now come standard with both variants.
Additionally, the 2.0i-P variant also gets Steering Responsive Headlights that enable the headlight beam to move according to the steering wheel angle, maximizing visibility in the dark.
The all-new Subaru XV ia available in a choice of six colours: Sunshine Orange, Dark Blue Pearl, Pure White, Ice Silver Metallic, Dark Grey Metallic and Crystal Black Silica. OTR price starts from RM118,819 inclusive of GST without insurance.