UPDATED SUBARU XV RANGE FOR 2016

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KEY TALKING POINTS

  • Revised front and rear design give the new XV a more enhanced and sporty appearance.
  • Updated cabin enhancements bring the model more in line with the rest of the new product range.
  • Paddle Shifters make a return on the CVT models.
  • New Smart Technology features added including Siri Eyes-Free integration.
  • Now with a launch Maintenance Plan Extension offer to 5 years / 120 000km.
  • Two new colours added to the range, Hyper Blue and Dark Blue Pearl.

In 2012 the Subaru XV was launched in South Africa boldly adding it’s own adventurous and cheeky take on the Crossover segment. The car has enjoyed great success for Subaru Southern Africa delivering on its promise of superior driving performance, practicality and safety. This hasn’t changed, with the introduction of the 2016 XV model to South Africa.

NEW EXTERIOR ENHANCEMENTS EMPHASISE THE CROSSOVER CHARACTER

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One of the Hallmarks of the Subaru XV is its athletic, confident and bold styling. At the front of the car, the hexagonal front grille has now been tweaked with a larger chrome split wing. The shape of the front bumper has also been revised to include accented chrome plating that now surrounds the fog lamps and gives the car a more modern look. The Subaru common motif has also been slightly extended and the HID headlamps now include white indicator bulbs, bringing the XV more in line with the rest of the Subaru line-up.

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A standout trait of the XV is the 17-inch dual-tone alloy wheels with black inlays and silver spokes that have now been slightly turned to convey a sense of movement to the overall design. The centre hub of the wheel now boasts the Subaru Six-Star emblem in a clear cap. The wheel designs alone, leave you in no doubt as to the to the XV’s all-terrain capability.

At the rear of the car, the rear headlamps now make use of LED lamps as seen in the XV Hybrid that is available in overseas markets. The shapely roof end spoiler has also been extended adding to its sporty character.

Subaru has smartly blended robust body-cladding that surrounds the entire vehicle leaving you more confident to go wherever the adventure takes you.

Who can forget the Tangerine Orange Pearl colour that has been one of the most popular customer choices? The originally introduced colour palette remains but with two new colours added to the mix: Hyper Blue and Dark Blue Pearl (featured on the press images attached).

INTERIOR ENHANCEMENTS

The XV now boasts interior appointments more in line with its larger and more expensive siblings. The steering wheel has changed to to match the one found on Legacy and Outback models with satellite controls for audio, voice recognition, cruise control and use of the Multi-mode trip computer. A new visual tweak of the wheel is the addition of bold orange stitching that is also carried into the rest of the cabin. This youthful touch extends to the seat and headrest sides, the central and door armrests as well as the gear shifter boot giving the roomy cabin a fresh appeal.

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Silver paddle shifters on the steering wheel have now been re-introduced on the CVT models for easier use of the manual transmission mode.

To enhance the previously silver palette on the doors, instrument panel and dashboard, the new XV is finished in high gloss black panels also more in line with other newer models in the range.

Also awaiting Subaru XV drivers is a revised Entertainment interface. Offered as standard on the new XV is a variety of connectivity options including BlueTooth integration, USB and auxiliary ports. An all-new feature that is now standard across the range of Subaru models is Siri Eyes-Free, a technology that works in conjunction with the already standard voice recognition system. Link a compatible Siri device to the Subaru XV, and easily make use of Siri as you would in any other circumstance: to search the web; to make a call; to play music etc. For those drivers without Apple devices, the XV still allows hands-free interaction using the normal voice recognition to control the telephone, audio and climate control systems.

SUPERIOR GROUND CLEARANCE, AWARD-WINNING BOXER ENGINE AND SYMMETRICAL ALL-WHEEL-DRIVE REMAINS UNCHANGED

The Subaru XV remains an overachieving crossover. The new XV retains the same award-winning 2.0-litre Boxer® 4-cylinder DOHC petrol engine. This economical yet responsive unit boasts 110kW of power at 6,200 r/min and 196 Nm of torque at 4,200r/min. Mated to a 6-speed manual transmission or a LineartronicTM Continuously Variable Transmission, the XV is capable of achieving 8.0l/100km or 7.9l/100km respectively. A class-leading 220mm ground clearance, Constant Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive and advanced Subaru Dynamic Chassis Control leave you in no doubt that this Crossover is more capable than any of its city slicker 2WD segment competitors. It’s a car built to give you confidence and peace of mind on the road.whatever that road might be.

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COMMITTED TO SAFETY

At Subaru, safety is of utmost importance. Active safety features include a full complements of seven SRS airbags; Subaru Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) with ABS, BAS and EBD. Passive safety features include a number of reinforced areas such as the toe board to protect against the rearward movement of the pedal in a case of collision as well as at the base of the A-pillar to strengthen the joint between the pillar and the upper frame ensuring that impact energy produced by a frontal collision is efficiently passed from the frame to the pillar.

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A full complement of seven airbags including a driver’s seat knee airbag are standard on the Subaru XV.

The XV is 5* Euro NCAP and ANCAP safety-rated and has also received the IIHS Top Safety Pick, making it one of the safest vehicles in the world.

The new XV is now on sale countrywide, with Subaru Southern Africa offering the XV with a 5 year / 120 000km full Maintenance Plan Extension, as a special launch offer until 31 March 2016.