New Subaru 'XV' Features Enhanced Safety, Driving Performance

Apr 20, 2017
Masahide Kimura
A front view
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A rear view
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Subaru President Yasuyuki Yoshinaga
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The interior
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The 1.6L engine
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The 2.0L direct-injection engine
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The CVT
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Subaru Corp announced April 6, 2017, that it will release a fully-remodeled "XV" compact SUV (sport utility vehicle) May 24, 2017.

This time, Subaru employed the "Subaru Global Platform (SGP)," which is used for the new "Impreza" sports sedan released in October 2016, to improve collision safety.

The previous XV comes in two models: a 2.0L gasoline vehicle and a hybrid vehicle (HEV). On the other hand, the new XV is available as 2.0L and 1.6L gasoline vehicles. With the 1.6L model, Subaru aims to make the SUV more accessible and attract a wider range of users, Subaru President Yasuyuki Yoshinaga said.

The price of the new XV starts from ¥2,138,400 (approx US$19,298). The company aims to sell 2,200 units of the vehicle per month.

In addition to the collision safety improved by the employment of the SGP, Subaru employed (1) airbags for pedestrian protection, (2) the "Eyesight ver.3" driving support system and (3) "Active Torque Pedaling," which prevents the rear part of the vehicle from moving outward by applying the brakes to inner wheels at the time of making a turn for all the models of the new XV as standard features.

As a result of those measures, the company won 199.7 points in the "JNCAP" assessment, which Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) and National Agency for Automotive Safety & Victims' Aid (NASVA) conducted for comparative evaluation of automobile safety performance. And it was awarded with the "Grand Prize of Collision Safety Performance Evaluation" for fiscal 2016.

The minimum ground clearance of the new XV is 200mm, which is 65mm higher than that of the Impreza using the same SGP. However, the SGP was designed so that it can be applied to tall SUVs. So, it has a small roll and an improved danger avoidance performance, Subaru said.

The new vehicle is the first XV vehicle equipped with the "X-Mode" control function, which enhances the capability to drive on rough roads. It is the same function used for the "Forester" mid-size SUV. It optimally controls the driving force of four wheels even on a slippery road, improving hill-climbing performance.

The power trains of the new XV is the same as those of the new Impreza: a 1.6L port-injection engine and a 2.0L direct-injection engine to be combined with a CVT (continuously variable transmission). The maximum output and maximum torque of the 1.6L engine are 85kW and 148N·m, respectively, while those of the 2.0L engine are 113kW and 196N·m, as in the case of the engines of the new Impreza. The fuel efficiencies of the 1.6L and 2.0L models are 16.2km/L (approx 38.1mpg in the US) and 16.0-16.4km/L, respectively, under the JC08 test mode.

The new XV measures 4,465 (L) x 1,800 (W) x 1,550mm (H, without roof rails), and its wheelbase is 2,670mm. Compared with the previous XV, the length, width and wheelbase increased by 15mm, 20mm and 30mm, respectively.