All-new 2018 Subaru XV unveiled

Despite looking very similar to its predecessor, Subaru says the latest XV crossover is a clean-sheet design.

Underpinning the car is the brand’s new ‘Global Platform’ which is claimed to have improved torsional rigidity by 70%. Consequently, the suspension mounts have been made stiffer and the steering ratio reduced, so driving dynamics and refinement should be better than before.

Subaru XV (2018) Front Side

Naturally, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive continues to be part of the XV’s standard specification. Now, though, enhanced all-surface ability is promised thanks to X-Mode. This system adjusts the power delivery and may even apply the brakes when a loss of traction is detected. Ground clearance meanwhile is a useful 220 mm (8.7”).

Subaru XV (2018) Rear Side

The normally-aspirated 2.0 litre FB-series petrol engine has been thoroughly revamped, too. Indeed, Subaru reckons that 80% of this four-cylinder boxer unit’s components are revised. Output is up slightly to 154 bhp (115 kW / 156 PS), but peak torque remains at 196 Nm (145 lb/ft).

There’s no word yet on a diesel alternative, but expect one to still be offered.

Similarly, neither pricing nor an on-sale date have been confirmed.

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