Believe it or not, the current-generation Subaru XV has been around for two years now. Typically, automakers refresh or update their car in the third year, but Subaru has other ideas. As early as now, their popular crossover gets a nip and tuck.
So, what's new for 2021?
You probably noticed the slightly different front end. There's a new grille with a new pattern and a more prominent chrome wings flanking the logo. The front bumper gets a bit of a redesign with more defined corners and new cladding. In this case, Subaru made the cladding thicker to project a more SUV-like design to the updated XV.
Other updates? Well, you'll barely notice it. The only new thing about the sides is the aluminum-effect strips by the door. Also, there are new wheel options for the facelifted XV. Aside from the two mentioned, it still looks much like the XV that's been in our showrooms for the past two years.
Inside, it should be a familiar sight to current XV owners. It appears carried over from the present model, and you'll have to take a closer look to see the difference. Seat patterns are new this year with blue stitching available in the Advance variant. Also, the center stack gets a few tweaks with repositioned buttons and a new infotainment screen.
Now for the engine and it is likely to be the same 2.0-liter boxer that sees service in various Subaru models. That engine makes 156 PS and 196 Nm of torque, and it shifts with the brand's continuously variable transmission dubbed Lineartronic. In Japan, the 2.0-liter engine is not offered. Instead, they get a hybridized version. Curiously, the electric-assisted option makes less power at 145 PS and 188 Nm of torque. There's even a 1.6-liter boxer option in its home market, making 115 PS and 148 Nm of torque. Symmetrical all-wheel-drive is, of course, standard.
The 2021 Subaru XV will make its public debut in Japan tomorrow. With that, it could take a few more months before it lands here in the Philippines. Once this model arrives in Singapore, it won't be that long (hopefully) before the updated XV is launched locally. That's because the Subaru Philippines distributor, Motor Image Inc. is based there.