The second-generation XV sits on the brand’s new Global Platform that is also used in the Impreza hatch. The styling is new too, a more muscular look based on Subaru’s latest ‘Dynamic x Solid’ design language. Highlights of the design include a wide and low profile, a hexagonal grille with hawk-eye headlights and matt black cladding on the bumper to emphasise the off-road ability of the XV.
Power comes from Subaru’s 2-litre flat-four 156hp diesel engine, which has been upgraded to improve performance, economy and weight – Subaru says 80 per cent of the parts have been changed. A 2-litre petrol version of the car is also likely to be offered and both will be matched to a seven-speed CVT transmission.
The symmetrical all-wheel-drive fitted to virtually all Subarus is retained, but gains a new electronic aid, dubbed X-Mode. This increases the off-road ability of the XV – integrating control of the engine, transmission and brakes to maintain control when tyres slip and lose traction on a slippery road surface, including when descending hills.
A wide-ranging safety package will include several preventative features, including the EyeSight driver assist technology that includes a pre-collision braking control, adaptive cruise control, and lane keep assist.
Among new technologies, the High Beam Assist function uses a camera to automatically switch from high to low beam as per road conditions, and steering responsive headlights to highlight the road ahead when the car is cornering and improve visibility at night.