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2016-02-29 11:33

NEW XV IN SA: Subaru South Africa has refreshed its 2016 XV range with a host of interior and exterior upgrades, as well as new smart technology. Image: Quickpic

 • Revised front, rear design
 • Updated cabin
 • Paddle-shifts return on CVT models
 • Siri Eyes-Free integration
 • Maintenance plan extension

Cape Town - Subaru updates its XV crossover, first launched locally in 2012, with design tweaks and enhanced technology.

At the front, the hexagonal grille gains a large chromed split-wing while the shape of the bumper has also been revised to include accented chromed plating that now surrounds the fog lights.

The Subaru common motif has also been slightly extended and the HID headlights now include white indicator bulbs, bringing the XV more in line with the rest of the Subaru line-up.

Crossover character

The crossover’s 17” dual-tone alloy wheels, with black inlays and silver spokes, have now been modified. The centre hub of the wheel now boasts the Subaru Six-Star emblem in a clear cap.

Image gallery: 2016 Subaru XV 

At the rear, the taillights now uses LEDs, as seen in the XV Hybrid that is available in overseas markets. The spoiler has also been extended.

The XV now boasts interior appointments more in line with its larger and more expensive siblings. The steering wheel has changed to match the one found on Legacy and Outback models with controls for audio, voice recognition, cruise control and use of the Multi-mode trip computer. A new visual tweak is the addition of bold orange stitching that is also carried into the rest of the cabin.

Silver paddle-shifts on the steering wheel have now been re-introduced on the CVT models.

To enhance the previously silver palette on the doors, instrument panel and dashboard, the new XV is finished in gloss black panels.

At the rear, the taillights now uses LEDs, as seen in the XV Hybrid that is available in overseas markets. The spoiler has also been extended.

Silver paddle shifters on the steering wheel have now been re-introduced on the CVT models.

To enhance the previously silver palette on the doors, instrument panel and dashboard, the new XV is finished in gloss black panels.

New entertainment system

The XV sports a new entertainment interface. Offered as standard on the new XV is a variety of connectivity options including BlueTooth, USB and auxiliary ports. An all-new feature is Siri Eyes-Free, a technology that works in conjunction with the already standard voice recognition system.

Power

Powering the XV is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol capable of 110kW/196Nm mated to either a six-speed manual or a Lineartronic CVT, with fuel consumption rated at a claimed 8.0 litre/100km or 7.9 litres/100km respectively.

It has 220mm ground clearance, constant symmetrical all-wheel-drive and advanced Subaru Dynamic Chassis Control.

Safety

The XV is equipped with seven SRS airbags, vehicle dynamics control with ABS, BAS and EBD. 

The XV has achieved a 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating. The new XV is sold with a five-year/120 000km full Maintenance Plan Extension, as a special launch offer until 31 March 2016.

Prices

2.0i - R341 000
2.0i CVT - R361 000
2.0i CVT High Spec - R399 000



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