Subaru’s new generation XV crossover has made its global debut at the Geneva motor show, showing off a sporty new style, advanced infotainment and technology.
Underpinned by the same Subaru Global Platform (SGP) used in the new Impreza, the new platform boasts increased rigidity throughout the body and chassis – a 70% to 100% increase over present XV- and incorporates substantial improvements to the suspension system, while achieving a lower centre of gravity.
Optimised frame structure and stronger joints between parts allow the new platform to improve overall torsional rigidity by 70%. The new platform increases suspension mounting rigidity, improving absorption without warping the body, and providing a smooth and comfortable drive. By mounting the rear stabilizer directly to the body, the new platform is claimed to reduce body roll by 50%.
Elsewhere the steering gear ratio is modified from 14:1 to 13:1, offering better drivability, while Active Torque Vectoring enhances turning and steering performance. An electronic parking brake is added for more convenience.
In addition to Subaru’s renown Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system, new XV is equipped with X-MODE which the company claims is capable of enhancing driving performance on poor roads through optimised integrated control of engine, AWD, braking, and other functions on slippery surfaces.
Power comes from an updated 2.0-litre direct-injection four-cylinder boxer engine delivering 115kW and 196Nm. It’s paired with a 7-stepped Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).
A suit of safety features comes standard in the XV including EyeSight, Subaru’s innovative and highly acclaimed driver assist technology, delivering reliable preventive safety and reduces driver burdens through features such as Pre-Collision Braking Control, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Lane Keep Assist.
The next-generation Subaru XV is expected to launch in Australia later this year.