2017 Geneva Motor Show: Subaru XV

By CARSIFU | 9 March 2017

GENEVA: Subaru has unveiled the all-new XV at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show.

For the first re-design since launch in 2012, XV is built on Subaru’s completely revamped Subaru Global Platform architecture, significantly enhancing the body and chassis rigidity and strength.

Regarding the exterior, the wide and low stance provides a sporty impression and adds to the Subaru family look, from the hexagonal grille to the hawk-eye headlights.


The body-hugging seats have been revised for improved quality and feature grey trim to enhance XV’s character.

In the centre of the instrument panel is an 8.0-inch touchscreen display for the infotainment system, with smartphone connectivity.

The new platform dramatically increases rigidity throughout the body and chassis (70 to 100 per cent increase over present models).

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Body roll of the vehicle has been reduced by 50 per cent compared to present models.

The steering gear ratio has been modified from 14:1 to 13:1 compared to the previous model, offering superior drivability.

The new XV comes with Active Torque Vectoring to enhance turning and steering performance, Electronic parking brake for more convenience, and All-Wheel Drive control.


In addition to Subaru’s unique Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system, new XV is equipped with X-MODE.

X-MODE is designed to increase drivability by optimising integrated control of the engine, All-Wheel Drive system and brakes to provide additional control when tyres slip and lose traction on a slippery road surface, including when descending hills.

About 80 per cent of the parts on the FB series 2.0-litre Direct Injection Boxer engine have been revamped compared to previous naturally aspirated engines.

The new engine is lighter, delivering more power and improved fuel economy.


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The improved Lineartronic greatly enhances ratio coverage and lightness to boost acceleration performance and fuel economy.

As well as employing full auto-step shift control, the Subaru XV features a 7-speed manual mode function for a more engaging driving experience.

EyeSight, Subaru’s innovative and highly acclaimed driver assist technology, delivers extremely reliable preventive safety and assists drivers through features such as Pre-Collision Braking Control, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Lane Keep Assist function.

The new High Beam Assist employs a monocular camera, automatically switching from high to low beam as per road conditions.


Steering Responsive Headlights move the beam right or left whilst cornering or at junctions to illuminate the direction of travel.

The Subaru XV uses two headlight controls for the first time, dramatically improving night-time visibility and the recognition capabilities of EyeSight.

The Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection has been fitted, offering blind spot detection, lane change assistance and reversing assistance to enhance all-round preventive safety.