Just two months after its world premiere at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, the all-new Subaru XV is available in South Africa.
Subaru claims the new interior design of the XV is a leap forward in design, ergonomics and functionality. Niceties include an 8-inch LCD screen (available on ES model), which allows access to a host of connectivity and media options and applications. SatNav is one of these applications, loaded with TomTom navigation software and functionality too.
It’s a large, clear screen that is touch, swipe, pinch and pull-controlled, making it easy-to-use and very intuitive, much like most Smartphones. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard while Google Now or Siri Eyes Free allows the driver to direct functions using their voice. The tilt/telescopically-adjustable leather wheel itself features the audio, cruise control and mobile phone controls.
The redesigned 2l petrol engine now delivers 115kW @ 6000rpm and 196Nm of torque @ 4200rpm. All SA-spec vehicles will be offered with a full auto-step shift control Lineartronic CVT gearbox that allows for a 7-speed manual mode of driving accessed from the shift paddles behind the steering wheel.
In addition an all-wheel drive system, new XV is now equipped with X-Mode technology. Previously only offered on the larger SUV’s (Subaru Outback and Subaru Forester), this is the first time that X-MODE has been introduced into the small crossover.
X-Mode has been designed to increase drivability on varying terrain by optimising integrated control of the engine, all-wheel drive and braking systems to provide additional control when tyres slip and lose traction on slippery road surfaces. As part of X-Mode, the XV is equipped with a Hill Descent Control feature specifically for use when descending steep and possibly slippery hills.
The Subaru XV is the first model in South Africa on which the EyeSight Driver Assistance System is offered. The system offers four different types of driver assistance functions that are designed to reduce or circumvent crashes caused by driver error and to reduce or circumvent collisions caused by driver fatigue. The system does this by detecting the presence of vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and other potential hazards up to 110 metres in front of the vehicle. Using data from the stereo cameras, the engine, brakes and transmission, the system has the following functions: Pre-Collision Braking; Pre-Collision Throttle Management; Lane Departure & Sway Warning; and Adaptive Cruise Control. Also fitted to EyeSight equipped vehicles is another new safety technology called Reverse Automatic Braking which scans the rear of the vehicle when reversing and if necessary, will automatically stop the vehicle if an obstacle is detected and there is no action taken from the driver.
The launch model for South Africa is available with a choice of nine exterior colours: Crystal White Pearl; Ice Silver Metallic; Dark Gray Metallic; Crystal Black Silica; Quartz Blue Pearl; Dark Blue Pearl; Pure Red, Cool Grey Khaki and Sunshine Orange.
The new XV is now available in South in two derivatives:
Standard Spec Subaru XV 2.0i CVT for R385 000.
Premium Spec Subaru XV 2.0i-S ES CVT for R439 000.
The car is offered through the Subaru dealer network in Southern Africa with a 5-yr/150 000km Warranty (upgraded from the previous 3-yr/100 000km) as well as a 3-yr/75 000km Full Maintenance Plan which can be further extended to a 5-yr/150 000km Maintenance at an additional cost.