Subaru XV excites

Mon, 24/10/2011


Subaru has confirmed that fuel-saving Auto Start Stop technology will debut on its new All-Wheel Drive XV Sub Compact Sports Utility Vehicle, going on Australian sale in January.

Australian versions of the XV fun machine have been unveiled in Japan, where Subaru Australia Managing Director, Nick Senior, said every variant will feature Auto Start Stop, which also helps reduce carbondioxide (CO2) emissions.

Auto Start Stop temporarily stops the engine when the vehicle is stationary, such as at traffic lights.

XV promises to be among the most-efficient all-paw performers in its class – with the added safety, security and fun delivered by Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.
It features a new generation 2.0 litre four-cylinder Boxer engine and the choice of efficient new Lineartronic™ Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) or smooth six-speed manual gearbox.

Externally, Australian XVs are distinguished by roof rails across the range and a new 17-inch alloy wheel design unique to Subaru’s newest model.

Among the many XV highlights revealed today:

  • Auto Start Stop – fuel saving, low emission feature. Engine restarts in as little as 0.2 seconds
  • Fuel efficient and clean new third generation FB Boxer petrol engine:
    • 7.0 litres per 100 km and 162 grams of CO2 per kilometre combined auto; 7.3 l/100 km, 168g/km of CO2 combined, manual.
    • 110 Kilowatts of power @ 6200 rpm and 196 Newtonmetres of torque @ 4200 rpm
  • Significant fuel efficiency benefits – long-stroke engine design alone delivers approximately 10 per cent improvement
  • Dual Active Valve Control System (AVCS) – performance and efficiency gains  
  • 18 per cent reduction in piston weight
  • 20 per cent reduction in connecting rod weight
  • Major low and mid-range torque improvements
  • Euro 5 compliant – cleanest current Subaru petrol engine
  • Lineartronic™ CVT – paddle shift, smoother and 10 per cent more fuel efficient than equivalent superseded four-speed
  • Six-speed manual – short stroke, easy shift, producing great efficiency


  • Body approximately 10 kg lighter – stiffness increased by around 25 per cent
  • Stylish hawk eye headlights
  • Eye-catching 17-inch alloy wheel design - unique to XV


  • Multi-Function Display – wealth of information at fingertips
  • Spacious, widebody cabin  - extended wheel base
  • Ultra low Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) – enhances passenger comfort
  • High quality materials – soft touch dashboard and door trim texture
  • Great field of vision – significant safety benefit
  • Huge cargo area – child restraints attach to rear seat backs, with no intrusion
  • 2.0i-S SatNav - includes SMS text to speech and voice commands, and multiple entertainment options


  • Anticipate maximum five star rating
  • Seven airbags - including driver’s knee SRS airbag
  • Reversing cameras - all variants

The XV line-up will include three variants:

  • XV 2.0i – with the choice of Lineartronic CVT or six-speed manual transmission; premium Multi-Function Display and audio with steering wheel control  
  • XV 2.0i-L – Adds electric sunroof, dual zone air conditioning, factory-fitted satellite navigation with SMS voice to text and voice command, and rear privacy glass
  • XV 2.0i-S – Adds leather trim, eight-way electronic adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, alloy pedals, silver roof rails, rear privacy glass and HID Xenon headlights and washers.

Nick Senior, Managing Director, Subaru Australia, said: “XV is a game-changer for Subaru, much in the same way that Forester and Outback established highly successful new markets for our brand.

“It’s a great fun car to drive, with fantastic dynamics thanks to its low centre of gravity.

“We’re calling it the fun machine because on looks, driving and functionality that’s exactly what it is.

“In fact XV has great strengths across so many areas: high quality interior, economy, high-strength cabin, low emissions and great technology – not least the multi-function displays, which take driver interaction to a whole new level.

“We also see huge safety and driving benefits in Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, which are brought into even clearer focus when combined with the economy advantages of the new FB Boxer engine.

“XV will bring a new audience to Subaru and we can’t wait to get this fantastic new car into showrooms in January.”

Pricing for XV is yet to be announced.

Full Australian specifications will be revealed in January.



Every Subaru sold in Australia features Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and a horizontally opposed Boxer engine, standard Vehicle Dynamics Control electronic stability program, and a five-star rating for occupant safety from the independent Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). The result - driving confidence.