Representing the first full model change since the original Subaru XVwas launched in 2012, this new crossover will excite drivers in a multitude of settings, from urban driving to the great outdoors.

It is also the second model to employ the revolutionary Subaru Global Platform (SGP), which will make every drive an experience with heightened levels of confidence, comfort and control. The all new Impreza was the first model from Subaru to be built on SGP.

Subaru’s all new XV is launched in two variants – 2.0i and 2.0i-S. The 2.0-litre Boxer engine that powers them produces 154bhp and has been revamped. It’s approximately 12kg lighter and equipped with direct injection to deliver more power and fuel economy. The all new XV’s Lineartronic CVT transmission is also 7.8kg lighter than previous models and features an auto-step shift control and seven-speed manual mode function, which enables the driver greater control.

In addition to Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system, the all new XV now comes equipped with X-MODE, which enhances driving performance on challenging terrain through optimised integrated control of the engine, all-wheel drive system, brakes and other functions. At the same time, the car’s Hill Descent Control setting gives drivers greater peace of mind by maintaining low speeds on downhill slopes.

Like the Impreza, SGP dramatically increased the all new XV’s rigidity throughout the body and chassis by over 70 percent compared to previous model. This reduces vibrations and body roll, offering a quieter, smoother ride. A quicker steering gear ratio and lower centre of gravity has also been achieved, which empowers drivers with highly responsive steering and straight-line stability.

The exterior of the car features Subaru’s iconic hexagonal grille with C-shaped head lights, matte-black cladding on the front bumper and a new aluminium wheel design. The new vehicle sits wide and low, underlining its rugged character and combining advanced styling with superior aerodynamics, while retaining high ground clearance of 220mm.

An 8.0-inch touchscreen display infotainment system is featured in the interior. It offers Apple CarPlay, which enables drivers to stay connected safely. The spacious design flow in the all new XV makes for a sporty, yet refined interior that surpasses its peers. In addition, functionalities such as all-round visibility, cabin and cargo space (385 litres with the rear seats up and a total of 835 litres with them down) have been improved.

Passive safety in the all new XV has also been enhanced as a result of SGP’s frame structure, with enhanced body strength resulting from an increased use of high-tensile steel. This enables improved energy absorption in the event of collision by 40 percent. Safety features such as High Beam Assist technology, Steering Responsive Headlights and Subaru Rear View Detection are also available on the all new XV.

The all new XV will be available in Singapore from August 2017 onwards. The XV 1.6i-S will arrive first, with the XV 2.0i-S model expected to launch at the Singapore Motor Show 2018, where Motor Image has mentioned it will also introduce the Subaru EyeSight Driver Assist Technology for its local Subaru models.

Unlike the Subaru XV 2.0i-S, the 1.6i-S model will not have a sunroof and an electrically-adjustable driver’s seat.