FOLLOWING the success of Subaru’s new Impreza, the Japanese brand has launched its second car to be built on the Subaru Global Platform, the second-generation XV.
Impreza sales are up 127.3 per cent year-to-date with 5161 units since its launch in December. Subaru is confident XV will share in the success of the new platform.
The XV is Subaru’s compact crossover, first launched in 2012. With the launch of the 2018 XV, the brand believes it will become one of the more serious players in the small SUV market with a sales target of 1,000 units per month.
This would see the XV vying for third place in the segment behind the Mitsubishi ASX and Mazda CX-3 and in hot contention with Nissan Qashqai and Honda HR-V for the bronze medal in the segment that accounts for around 7,700 sales per month.
It’s also the fourth model in the Subaru range which the brand believes is capable of exceeding 1,000 per month, joining the Impreza, Forester and Outback.
According to Subaru Australia managing director, Colin Christie, there are high hopes riding on this new model.
“In December, we talked about the new Impreza launch as potentially the most important in the brand’s history. With the XV, we not only have the opportunity to capitalise on this, we have the opportunity for the next leap forward,” Christie said.
“We are even more excited about XV than we were with Impreza. XV arrives at a pivotal time for Subaru, with our sales growing to a whole new level. XV is in a segment, that has future growth potential, so this creates a real platform for sustained growth.
Pricing for the 2018 XV starts at $27,990 for the entry level 2.0i, $30,340 for the 2.0i-L, $32,140 for the 2.0i Premium and $35,240 for the top shelf 2.0i-S.
The XV is powered by a 2.0L horizontally opposed Boxer engine producing 115kW and 196Nm. The four-cylinder is mated to a seven-step CVT across all models, with no manual option at all, and a symmetrical all-wheel drive set up.
The new model is claimed to be 95 per cent new compared to the previous rendition of the XV, with a focus on safety, comfort and a more enjoyable driving experience. The chassis has been redesigned to be more rigid and to have a 5mm lower centre of gravity, while the suspension tune has targeted comfort, with a 50 per cent reduction in vibrations compared to the outgoing model.
The top of the range 2.0i-S is also the first on the Australian market to receive automatic emergency braking in reverse in addition to Subaru’s ‘Eyesight’ technology – which uses cameras to detect potential hazards ahead, lane assist, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring and high beam assist.
The XV also gets ‘X-Mode’ across all its price points – a torque management system for more challenging terrain under 40km/h. The X-Mode ensures the vehicle maintains its momentum. There is also descent control which can be used independently of X-Mode.
“Features like X-Mode show XV is no pretender in the small SUV stakes. Ride height and full-time All-Wheel Drive also distinguish XV from the pack and I think we’re safe in saying that its genuine SUV credentials are unmatched in its class on dirt roads and trails, while offering equally impressive ability around town as a fun-themed and stylish wagon,” Christie added.
The 2018 XV comes with a three-year/unlimited km warranty, but Subaru is throwing in an extra two years cover for orders placed before the end of the month. Service intervals are 12 months/12,500km and there is capped price servicing for the first three years/37,500km.
The colour range is a mix of vibrant and striking colours, along with a few more conservative choices: Cool Grey, Crystal Black Silica, Crystal White Pearl, Dark Grey Metallic, Ice Silver Metallic, Pure Red, Quartz Blue and Sunshine Orange.