All-New Subaru XV Crossover Debuts With Evolutionary Styling, More Powerful 2.0L Boxer Engine

Everyone has something new for the Geneva Motor Show, and Subaru makes no exception

Based on Subaru's new Global Platform, the second-generation Subaru XV (sold as the Crosstrek in the US) sports evolutionary styling, as well as significantly improved 2.0-liter Direct Injection Boxer engine.

As before, the XV combines a compact body with SUV capability (it has a ground clearance of 220 mm), with all models featuring the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system as standard. The new platform gives the second-generation XV a more rigid body and chassis, as well as "more responsive handling and ride comfort," according to Subaru.

The first-generation Subaru XV has been criticized for the harsh ride quality, so this should be a welcome improvement.

The new power plant is lighter but delivers more power and improved fuel economy. It produces 154 hp (+6 hp) and 196 Nm (145 lb-ft) of torque (the same as before). The automaker also says 80 percent of the parts on the FB series 2.0-liter Direct Injection Boxer engine have been revamped compared to previous naturally aspirated engines.

The 2.0-liter unit is linked to an improved Lineartronic CVT that features a 7-speed manual mode function.

A new feature is the X-Mode system, which is aimed at providing additional control when tires slip and lose traction on a slippery road surface (including when descending hills). It does that by optimizing integrated control of the engine, All-Wheel Drive system, and brakes.

Drivability is also enhanced by an improved suspension and a 5-mm lower center of gravity, resulting in a better straight line stability and cornering performance. Subaru also says body roll has been reduced by 50 percent compared to the previous XV.

Key exterior design highlights include the hexagonal grille, "hawk-eye" headlights, matte black plastic body cladding, and the roof spoiler. The model brings new exterior colors (Cool Grey Khaki and Sunshine Orange).

Inside, the XV gains an 8-inch touchscreen display for the infotainment system, revised seats, and detailed orange stitching on the instrument panel. Without providing figures, Subaru says the new XV features "excellent all-round visibility, spacious cabin, and cargo room."

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