Subaru's compact crossover gets a makeover for 2016 after Motor Image, the official distributor of Subaru vehicles in Southeast Asia, held the regional debut of the updated XV at the 2015 Thailand International Motor Expo today.

Featuring a sleeker-looking front end along with a revised interior finish, Subaru claimed that the 2016 XV will offer 'improved aesthetics, new features and an enjoyable driving experience'.

“The Subaru XV is a bold car meant to handle any journey, and ride along in a fun way – putting life in motion and connecting with one's passion. There is true joy when you get the freedom to do that, and the Subaru XV is the perfect car that allows you to 'Unpark Your Life', getting you to your destination, everywhere,” said Glenn Tan, Executive Director of Tan Chong International Ltd.

2016 Subaru XV front

While subtle, the changes on the 2016 XV include a reshaped hexagonal grill design along with updated C-shaped headlights with LED daytime running lights, and more defined character lines. Rounding it all is a set of slightly revised17-inch alloy wheels and combination taillights.

Subaru XV interior

Inside, it gets an enhanced interior according to Subaru. It has a new cluster display, leather upholstery on the seats and shift boot with orange contrast stitching. The steering wheel has also been revised to give a more comfortable grip. Furthermore, it gets premium multifunction display, push start with smart entry and electric driver's seat.

Under the hood is the carried 2.0-liter FB20 Boxer engine that puts out 150 PS @ 6,200 rpm along with a torque rating of 196Nm at 4,200 rpm. Power is transferred to the all wheels via Subaru's AWD system and Lineartronic CVT.

Safety features present in the updated crossover include: anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist, brake override, engine immobilizer, ISOFIX anchor seats, SRS front airbags and side impact beams.

2016 Subaru XV rear

The all-new Subaru XV is available for booking at the following Subaru Showrooms across the Philippines, EDSA Greenhills, Global City, Manila Bay, Alabang, Sta. Rosa, Batangas, Cebu, Cagayan De Oro, Davao from December 2015.