TC Subaru Sdn Bhd has launched the Subaru XV facelift, now with refreshed aesthetics as well as improved EyeSight, SI-Drive and X-Mode features. The XV range has now been streamlined into just 2 variants i.e. Subaru XV 2.0i-P and Subaru XV GT.
First introduced in the Subaru Forester here, the XV now joins it in the advanced safety department with the inclusion of the EyeSight Advanced Driver Assist Technology. As its name suggests, EyeSight utilises a pair of cameras that acts like human eyes for image recognition. It can detect and recognise objects such as vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians. Instead of pairing a camera with a millimeter wave radar, Subaru believes the EyeSight concept is more useful in real-world driving situations.
The EyeSight assistance suite includes:
- Pre-Collision Braking
- When EyeSight senses the risk of collision, it alerts the driver with audible and visual warnings. If the driver doesn’t take action, the car will activate braking control
- Pre-Collision Throttle Management
- This helps prevent drivers from unintentionally accelerating forward into a stopped vehicle or another obstacle. There will be audible and visual warnings, after which it reduces engine power to avoid or reduce frontal impact.
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- This maintains the vehicle’s speed and also automatically follows the speed of the car in front at a safe distance, and is able to come to a stop if needed.
- Lead Vehicle Start Alert
- This notifies you when the vehicle in front has started driving off and is at least 3 metres from you.
- Lane Departure Warning
- This is an alert that warns you if you have strayed from your lane (when the turn signal isn’t activated). The audible and visual warnings start working beyond 50 km/h.
- Lane Sway Warning
- From 60 km/h onward, this senses repetitive or unusual side-to-side vehicle movement or swaying within the lane, which could indicate inattentive driving.
The combination of these features are meant to provide a safer driving experience that is also less stressful. “Now with EyeSight, I am confident that the new XV will secure its place as the popular choice of Malaysian crossover fans, especially those looking for a safe, trusted and reliable vehicle,” said Glenn Tan, Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of Tan Chong International Ltd.
Besides EyeSight, the updated Subaru XV also gets Subaru’s SI-Drive as well as a Dual Function X-Mode. SI-Drive is Subaru’s power management system that allows you to choose between Sport (S), and Intelligent (I) modes.
Meanwhile, X-Mode, which is also a feature available in the Forester, comes with 2 settings in the XV i.e. Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud. This mode works along with Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system to tackle more challenging terrain or conditions.
Other than these additions, the refreshed Subaru XV also gains a reworked suspension, with coils and dampers optimised for a smoother ride and comfort. The driver also gains an 8-way powered seat adjustment with memory function, for added comfort.
Other updates include a redesigned front bumper and smaller grille with less chrome trim, as well as redesigned 17″ wheels.
If you want a sportier look, the XV GT Edition is dressed in a bodykit created with the assistance of Mr Masahiko “Jack” Kobayashi and Giken Co Ltd, an engineering company. When Kobayashi-san was Chief Designer at Subaru, he was responsible for the exterior design of over 12 Subaru production models, including the legendary WRX STI.
Powering the XV is the 2.0L boxer engine that has 156 PS and 196 Nm of torque, distributed by the 7-speed Lineartronic CVT through the all-wheel-drive system.
The Subaru XV will be a 2022 model. The XV 2.0i-P EyeSight has a retail price of RM139,788 while the XV 2.0i-P EyeSight GT Edition is RM146,788 (on the road without insurance in Pen. Malaysia). Exterior colour choices are Crystal Black Silica, Magnetite Grey Metallic, Ice Silver Metallic, Dark Blue Pearl, Pure White and Cool Grey Khaki.