• Subaru's new XV is now on sale in South Africa.
• The crossover is powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine.
• The XV is priced from R445 000.
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The new Subaru XV is now available in South Africa. The crossover sports a fresh new look and new technologies. One of the big talking points is the addition of Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-Drive). Drivers can toggle between efficient ('I') and sportier ('S') driving modes.
The updated XV crossover features an updated lower grille design with added contours around the fog lamps and bumper trim elements. A choice of 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels are also on offer. The XV's fresh design and 220mm of ground clearance ensure it is equally capable and at home, whether on a slippery adventure trail or a busy city street, says Subaru. An update to the colour palette means that Sunshine Orange now makes way for a new Plasma Yellow Pearl, and Horizon Blue Pearl replaces the old Quartz Blue Pearl.
Also making its debut on the Subaru XV for advanced levels of safety and convenience is the Front View Monitor. With a camera integrated into the grille, it displays a view of the front of the car to assist with moving in tight spaces and avoid obstacles, making application even more useful in off-road situations. This forms part of Subaru's Vision Assist suite of technologies which also include Blind Spot Monitor (BSM), Reverse Automatic Braking (RAB), Lane Change Assist (LCA), and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA).
The Subaru XV remains a comprehensively specced vehicle in South Africa with a sunroof, X-Mode, eight-inch touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Voice-command, four USB ports, and EyeSight Driver Assist technology. New on the MY2021 models is a memory seat function for the driver.
The new XV also sports revised suspension and spring rates for improved steering response and a more comfortable drive. The XV range remains powered by the direct injection 2.0-litre Boxer engine delivering 115kW at 6000rpm and 196Nm of torque at 4200rpm. This engine is mated to a Lineartronic CVT that allows for a seven-speed manual mode from the shift paddles behind the steering wheel.
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Pricing and warranty
Subaru says that pricing for the new XV remains unchanged from the outgoing model.
- Subaru XV 2.0i CVT - R445 000
- Subaru XV 2.0i-S ES - R509 000
Subaru XV models are sold with a 3-year or 75 000km maintenance plan and a 5-year or 150 000km warranty. These can be optionally extended.