All-new Subaru XV launched in Taiwan

By JAY WONG | 8 June 2017

TAIPEI: Regional Subaru distributor Motor Image has launched the new generation XV here.

The company indicated that Malaysia is due to receive the new XV — in entry-level 2.0i and range-topping 2.0i-S variants — by year-end with deliveries beginning after the start of 2018.

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The all-new Subaru XV is a unique crossover vehicle that combines practicality with aesthetics and performance. It is a bold car suited for drivers to Unpark their lives and go on activities that they love,” said Tan Chong International Ltd executive director Glenn Tan.

The XV has been enhanced with a chassis that's 70% more rigid over its predecessor, while sporting wheelbase of 2,665mm (+30mm) and measuring 4,465mm-long (+15mm), 1,800mm-wide (+20mm) and 1,615mm-tall (+45mm).

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Both variants use a 63-litre (+13-litre) fuel tank to feed the revamped 2.0-litre (1,995cc) naturally aspirated direct fuel-injected four-cylinder boxer engine that's now 12kg lighter.

Power has been rated at 156PS (+6PS) at 6,000rpm (-200rpm) and 196Nm of torque at 4,000rpm (-200rpm), while being managed by a 7.8kg-lightened Lineartronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) with paddle-shifters.

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The gearbox also features auto-step shift and a seven-speed manual mode for the symmetrical all-wheel drive system with X-Mode.

As standard, the XV has 220mm of ground clearance, 17-inch wheels with 225/60 series tyres, disc brakes all-round, front MacPherson struts, rear double wishbones, front and rear fog lamps, roof rails and a roof spoiler.

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Cabin convenience comes in the form of keyless-entry with push-start button, electronic parking brake, idle-stop system, one-touch turn signal, PIN code access and a retractable cover for the boot.

A 6.5-inch audio touchscreen display takes care of entertainment and comes equipped with a USB port, AUX-jack, voice recognition, Bluetooth connectivity and a reverse camera.

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For safety, there are seven airbags, four-channel anti-lock braking system, brake assist, brake override, safety pedal system, vehicle dynamics control system, hill holder, hill-start assist and ISOFIX anchor points at the 60:40 split rear folding seats.

As for the 2.0i-S, it gets up-sized 18-inch wheels with 225/55 series tyres along with with headlamp washers, automatic LED steering responsive headlamps, power-folding external mirrors with integrated turn-signals and a glass sunroof.

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Motor Image is the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles across nine countries in Asia.

Additional kit includes aluminium pedals, auto-dimming rear view mirror, multi-function steering wheel, multi-function cruise control, power-adjustable driver's seat, automatic wipers and an 8.0-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay.

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Lastly, safety gets bolstered by the addition of blind-spot detection, highbeam assist, lane-change assist and rear cross-traffic alert.

"We are thrilled to launch this new vehicle built on the new Subaru Global Platform, with improved interior and exterior styling. With this, we are confident that the All-New Subaru XV will exceed expectations and deliver a driving experience that is second to none,” said Tan

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