Fresh from its international reveal at the Geneva Motorshow 2017, Australian pricing and specifications for the 2017 Subaru XV have been revealed ahead of the car’s local arrival in June. Subaru Australia are promising big improvements to the new car, with every aspect from interior comfort to off-road ability being targeted by the Japanese company.
The 2017 Subaru XV range mirrors that of the new Subaru Impreza and while equipment levels across the range have increased, pricing has fallen as much as $1,250 – even taking into consideration the standard fitment of a CVT automatic transmission.
Subaru Australia Managing Director, Colin Christie, said: “With almost 50,000 XVs sold since it launched in 2012, we have high hopes for this second generation, particularly given the addition of rough road kit like X-Mode.
“Just like new Impreza, new XV is a game changer – design, styling, safety, road dynamics, infotainment, quality, performance and innovation are stand-outs.”
Subaru Australia is also talking up the new XV’s added practicality, with more interior and boot space, availability of Subaru’s EyeSight active safety equipment, the addition of Subaru’s X-Mode off-road system with hill descent control and 220mm ground clearance, as well as a 50% stiffer chassis thanks to Subaru’s new Global Platform.
The new XV also costs much less to run, with Subaru also boasting about the new car’s service costs. Under their capped price servicing arrangement and with longer 12,500km/12-month intervals, the new XV costs $1,298.18 to service over three years, a massive 39% decrease.
Like the Impreza on which it’s based, the Subaru XV is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder Boxer engine, producing 115kW of power and 196Nm of torque, and unlike the previous model, is only mated to a CVT automatic. There are no diesel or turbo petrol options, and Australia is unlikely to receive the rumoured hybrid version either.
Subaru doesn’t quote acceleration times for the new model, but with the lighter Impreza clocking an 11.1 second 0-100km/h time, we can imagine that the XV will be less accelerative.
Pricing for the 2017 Subaru XV starts at $27,990 (plus on-road costs) for the entry XV 2.0i. The equipment levels mirror the Impreza 2.0i, which means standard equipment of 17-inch alloy wheels, a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, a reversing camera, climate control air-conditioning, front foglamps, daytime running lights, a tyre pressure monitor and roof rails.
Like the Impreza 2.0i-L, the second tier $30,340 XV 2.0i-L is expected to be the highest-selling XV in Australia. The 2.0i-L adds dual-zone climate control, electric-folding mirrors, a leather steering wheel and gearknob, a larger eight-inch infotainment system and Subaru’s EyeSight active safety system, which includes autonomous emergency braking, radar cruise control and lane keep assist.
Above this sits the $32,140 XV 2.0i-Premium, which adds a sunroof and integrated satellite navigation and the $35,240 XV 2.0i-S. The 2.0i-S, like the Impreza 2.0i-S, adds 18-inch alloy wheels, steering responsive LED headlights, leather trim with an electric driver’s seat, heated front seats, heated mirrors, automatic headlights and wipers and the full suite of EyeSight, which includes blind spot monitoring, rear traffic alert, automatic high beam headlights, reverse automatic braking and lane change assist.
With the first-generation XV selling so strongly in Australia, Subaru will no doubt be banking on the much improved second generation model to keep the sales momentum going. In just ten years, Subaru Australia has improved its sales figures by over 10,000 units to 47,018 sales in 2016, thanks to local importer Inchcape, whom has just taken over the local distribution of Peugeot and Citroen.
Chasing Cars will be in attendance at the local launch of the 2017 Subaru XV, so stay tuned for our first drive review of this crucial car for Subaru in Australia over the coming weeks.