Anton Andres / Subaru | January 13, 2017 15:44
Motor Image boss confirms all-new XV for the Philippines by the third quarter, this year
Following the Asia-Pacific debut of the fifth-generation Subaru Impreza, Motor Image executive director Glenn Tan has confirmed that the next-generation Subaru XV will be arriving in the Philippines by the third quarter of 2017. Tan made the announcement during a press briefing and has mentioned a special safety feature that will be standard for the Philippine-spec models. The second-generation XV was previewed in concept form last year, during the Geneva Motor Show.
While Subaru has yet to reveal the production version of the crossover, it is likely that it will follow the form of the concept revealed back in 2016. Also, expect the second-generation XV to have the body of the Impreza hatchback which was revealed in the 2016 New York Auto Show and in Singapore. Based on the current XV, as well as the concept model, the 2018 XV will have a raised ride height plus extra body cladding at the lower half of the body to give it a more aggressive look.
At the moment, Subaru has yet to release details about the all-new XV's interior. As it is based on the Impreza hatchback, the cabin is likely to be carried over from the lower riding counterpart. In the Impreza, it comes equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen than serves as the infotainment system. On top of that, Tan adds that the Philippine-spec XV's will come with EyeSight as standard.
EyeSight is Subaru's advanced collision mitigation system. EyeSight monitors traffic movement, optimizes cruise control, and warns warns the driver if he or she were to sway outside thier lane. Part of the EyeSight package are Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist, Sway Warning, Pre-collision Braking and Pre-Collision Throttle Control. It is possible that the fully redesigned VX will come with Subaru Rear/Side Vehicle Detection, as well as Steering Responsive Headlights.
Powertrain options have yet to be confirmed although the 2.0 liter FA20 flat-four engine is a likely candidate for the new XV. Traditionally based on the Impreza, the next-gen XV will be riding on Subaru's new, modular architecture. Under the Prominence 2020 program, this platform will also underpin future Subaru models in the near future.
Note: Model shown is the Subaru XV Concept