Subaru’s newest generation vehicle, the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive XV, is shaking the sub-compact Sports Utility Vehicle market with a formidable fun-themed package built on quality, high technology, efficiency and sporty design.
XV is a new addition to Subaru’s recreational range and offers frugal fuel economy and low emissions from the new third-generation four-cylinder 2.0 litre FB horizontally-opposed Boxer engine.
The combination of low centre of gravity and high ride height make it a handling delight in its class. There’s the choice of a new smooth and compact Lineartronic™ Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), or an efficient short-shift six-speed manual gearbox.
XV is the first Subaru to offer fuel-saving Auto Start Stop – the engine stops when the car is stationary, contributing to greater fuel efficiency and lower emissions. Also encouraging economical driving is the state-of-the-art Multi-Function Display (MFD) in the dashboard, from which drivers can gauge their efficiency.
The information-packed MFD in every XV takes driver information to a whole new level in a Subaru.
XV’s ability goes way beyond good looks – including advanced entertainment options, with Bluetooth wireless technology compatibility* across the range and carefully textured, soft-touch interior materials.
XV is priced from $38,990 for the XV 2.0i manual up to the $46,990 range topping XV 2.0i-S.
High level safety continues to be standard on Subaru – all XVs have a five star rating for occupant safety from the respected Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).
Every model has seven airbags, including a driver’s knee SRS airbag, plus reversing camera.
XV’s body and chassis structure are strengthened at critical points to reduce the likelihood of occupant injury in heavy impacts. Together with precise steering, this delivers a sense of stability, despite the added ride height.
XV’s sporty presence is underlined by its unique 17-inch alloy wheel design, shared across the range. The alloys combine with the stylish hexagonal grille and hawk eye-style headlights to offer great on-road presence.
Subaru’s new design direction, reflected in XV, includes excellent field of vision from the cabin, aided by pillars located far forward and door mounted wing mirrors, reducing blind spots.
XV highlights include a stop start – fuel saving feature with the engine restarting in as little as 0.2 seconds. It has a fuel efficient and clean new petrol engine with consumption of 7.0 litres per 100 kilometres and 162 grams of CO2 per km on the combined cycle.
The Lineartronic™ CVT – paddle shift transmission is smoother and 10 per cent more fuel efficient than superseded four-speed automatic and the six-speed manual has a short stroke, easy shift, producing greater efficiency
The new third generation FB Boxer engine has 110 Kilowatts/6200 rpm and 196 Newton metres/4200 rpm with significant fuel efficiency benefits – long-stroke design delivers approximately 10 per cent improvement due to engine changes alone.
The Dual Active Valve Control System (AVCS) provides performance and efficiency gains with an 18 per cent reduction in piston weight; 20 per cent reduction in connecting rod weight for major low and mid-range torque improvements. It is Euro 5 compliant making it the cleanest current Subaru petrol engine
The body is approximately 10 kg lighter with bending stiffness increased by around 25 per cent. The Stylish hawk eye headlights offer great light spread and Eye-catching 17-inch alloy wheels are unique to XV.
XV has a spacious, wide body cabin thanks to its extended wheelbase with a Multi-Function Display to provide a wealth of driver information.
Ultra low Noise, Vibration and Harshness enhances passenger comfort with High quality materials – fine dashboard and door trim texture. There is a great field of vision for significant safety benefit. Child restraints attach to rear seat backs, with no intrusion into the huge cargo area.
SatNav – includes SMS text to speech and voice commands, and multiple entertainment options are standard on the 2.0 Si.
The XV has a five star ANCAP rating with seven airbags – including driver’s knee SRS airbag and reversing cameras on all variants.
The XV line-up comprises the 2.0i, 2.0i-L and range-topping 2.0i-S, all available with the automatic Lineartronic™ CVT. The six-speed manual transmission is only fitted to the 2.0i model.
“Just as our Forester and Outback pioneered new segments for Subaru in New Zealand, XV will do the same,” said Wallis Dumper, the Managing Director of Subaru of New Zealand.
“It’s engineered to be tough, yet economical; sporty, yet comfortable; stylish, yet fun and it’s got genuine Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive credentials, which sets it apart from many faux wheel drives that offer promise but no punch when it comes to real handling ability and grip.
“XV cleverly offers both nimble driving and impressive environmental credentials. Fuji Heavy Industries have also paid close attention to some critical areas including interior quality, efficiency and exterior design. They’ve clearly scored in each category.”
“Overlay that with Subaru’s undoubted safety credentials and you’ve got a truly formidable package that is about to give the market segment a major shake-up. XV is a clear indicator of what’s to come from Subaru in terms of new technology and design, so it’s fair to say we’re very excited about our future.”
The new generation XV line-up comprises the XV 2.0i – with the choice of Lineartronic CVT or six-speed manual transmission. The XV 2.0i-L adds dual zone air conditioning, factory-fitted satellite navigation, electric sunroof, leather steering wheel and gear knob, sliding centre console and rear privacy glass.
The top of the range XV 2.0i-S – Adds leather upholstery, eight-way electronic adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, alloy pedals, HID headlights and washers, rear illumination speedometer, wing mirror indicators, chrome insert door handles and silver roof rails
Every Subaru sold in New Zealand features Symmetrical All Wheel Drive, a horizontally opposed Boxer engine and Vehicle Dynamics Control electronic stability programme as standard. Regarded by many industry commentators as a company run by passionate engineers, technological development by Subaru has revealed them pioneering five star crash safety ratings into the popular SUV class of cars so many Kiwi’s drive today. Despite their history of World Rally Championship results, which has provided a strong performance platform, Subaru advancements in fuel efficiency technology has also seen them emerge as AA Energywise Rally class winners, in complete contrast to their sporty image.