Subaru has slashed prices on new XV models and boosted equipment levels
The new Subaru XV will be cheaper, more capable off-road and smarter than the model replaces when it goes on sale in mid-June. The range opens with the XV 2.0i, which is priced from $27,990, $1,290 less than the previous 2.0i fitted with Subaru’s CVT transmission.
There are other savings to be had across the range too, with the 2.0i Premium priced at $32,190 – a $600 saving and the 2.0i-S is now $300 cheaper with a recommended retail price of $35,240.
All models are powered by a new direct injection version of Subaru’s 2.0 litre petrol Boxer engine, which develops 115kW @6,000rpm and 196Nm @ 4,000rpm. Subaru’s CVT is the only transmission offered, and the XV being Subaru, power is sent to all four wheels.
Subaru has worked to give the new XV considerable off-road ability, raising the ride height to 220 millimetres and equipping all models with what Subaru calls X-Mode.
X-Mode combines engine power, the AWD system, brakes and the hill descent system where necessary to provide the best grip on slippery terrain.
The new Subaru XV will be clever too, with 2.0i-L models and above fitted with Subaru’s EyeSight system, a safety feature that includes Lane Keep Assist, a feature that stops drivers from wandering out of their lane.
Opt for the flagship Subaru XV 2.0i-S and you get Reverse Automatic Braking, High Beam Assist, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
Apple Car Play and Android Auto are also available. Higher-end models also benefit from satellite navigation.
The new Subaru XV is based on the new Subaru Impreza, which means that the cabin is wider and more comfortable, there is increased body rigidity and cabin vibrations have been reduced by 50 per cent.
Subaru Australia Managing Director, Colin Christie, said: “With almost 50,000 XVs sold since it launched in 2012, we have high hopes for this second generation, particularly given the addition of rough road kit like X-Mode.
“Extending EyeSight to the majority of Australian XVs will likely mean more than 70% of new Subarus sold locally this year will include the driver assist system – greater uptake of such technology than any other mainstream brand.
“We’ve had a fantastic response to the new generation Impreza extended service schedule, which was enabled by the efficiencies of the Subaru Global Platform, and we’re now delighted to extend this to new XV too, making it an even more compelling package.”
Prices for the new Subaru XV range are below:
|XV 2.0i||$27,990, -$1250|
|XV 2.0i-L||$30,340, +$100|
|XV 2.0i Premium||$32,140, -$600|
|XV 2.0i-S||$35,240, -$300|