2012 Subaru XV To Arrive In Malaysia This October
Malaysians will be getting another C-segment SUV option come October 2012, and it is the Subaru XV, the Japanese firm's debut foray into the compact crossover segment. More importantly, the XV will be competitively priced because it will be the first Subaru to be locally-assembled for the ASEAN region. Motor Image, the official regional Subaru distributor owned by the Tan Chong Group, will begin local assembly of the XV at Tan Chong Motor Assemblies in Segambut, KL, targeting an annual sales target of 5000 units.
Essentially a crossover version of the Impreza hatchback repackaged in a reworked SUV body, the Subaru XV's front and rear styling is unique. In particular, its front end features a hexagonal grille and hawk eye headlamps—both likely to appear on the latest crop of Subaru cars. Tangerine Orange Pearl, the XV's signature colour, will be offered in Malaysia, as will the distinctive 17" alloy wheels, wrapped in 225/55 R17 rubber.
To hammer home the tough off-roader image, the Subaru XV wears black body cladding and roof rails to complement its ground clearance of 220 mm. In all honesty, however, measuring 4450 mm in length, 1780 mm in width and 1570 mm in height, the XV is hardly the biggest around and hence not as imposing as many other SUVs on the roads are. (For comparison, the Honda CR-V measures 4565 mm long, 1820 mm wide and 1680 mm tall.)
Like all automakers keen to sell their cars, Subaru claims that the XV will provide a spacious interior for five. To achieve that, the Impreza's wheelbase has been extended by 15 mm to 2635 mm, which is longer than the CR-V's 2620 mm. The boot space is however 30 litres smaller than the Impreza's at 310 litres, expandable to 771 litres via split-fold rear seats.
The Subaru XV heading to Malaysia will be differently specced from the car you see in the photos. Motor Image has revealed that shift paddles for the CVT will be offered, with a 2-DIN touch-screen entertainment unit to be used in place of the factory stereo. Extra features like GPS and reverse camera could be thrown in as well. More important are safety features: front, side, curtain and knee airbags, along with traction and stability controls, are standard in the XV elsewhere, though the question remains if they will be sacrificed in order to cut cost.
The latest third-generation Boxer petrol and diesel engines, equipped with an all-new automatic start-stop system and paired to the new Lineartronic CVT (or five/six-speed manual transmissions), are more fuel efficient and cleaner than before. Especially so the heavily revised version of Subaru's Boxer 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine, with 147 HP and 350 Nm, that may well be the best seller in Europe thanks to its 17.8 km/litre fuel economy and 146 grams/km carbon emissions.
The Boxer petrol options include a 1.6-litre with 114 HP and 150 Nm, and a more powerful 2.0-litre with 150 HP and 196 Nm. Unsurprisingly, Malaysians will only be offered one powertrain: the 2.0-litre engine mated to a CVT, with Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system driving all four wheels on a permanent basis. The mechanical package also consists of suspension configured with front MacPherson Strut and rear Double Wishbone setups, as well as all-round disc brakes. Enjoy the 2012 Subaru XV mega official gallery below!