Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) today unveiled its all-new XV model at Frankfurt Motor Show, designating it as a strategic model which will be offered globally. This new model should also be of interest to Malaysians as it is the one which will be assembled locally from next year
The XV is said to be a new type of crossover SUV which emphasizes sportiness and boasts a range of new features never seen before in an SUV. It is claimed to offer superior drive performance and fuel efficiency made possible by Subaru’s next-generation powertrain, symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive and advanced Subaru Dynamic Chassis Control.
For the first time in 21 years, Subaru has developed a new engine to replace the “EJ” engine currently used in all Subaru passenger models. Developed in response to heightened demand for environmentally-friendly functionality, the new “FB” engine retains the proven benefits of the horizontally-opposed ‘Boxer’ engine with a focus on torque in the low and midrange speed ranges.
The FB series has two engine sizes at this time – 1.6 litres (84 bhp/150 Nm) and 2.0 litres (110 bhp/196 Nm), both Euro5-compliant. Both are essentially similar in design except for the engine blocks. Compared to the current Impreza 1.5-litre engine, the new 1.6-litre engine is claimed to be far superior in all respects. For more efficient combustion, a more compact combustion chamber was designed, a cooled EGR design was adopted, the shapes of the intake ports and valves were enhanced, and the injector positions were optimized. The Active Valve Control System (AVCS) enhances response to give the driver a feeling of instant acceleration, especially when the accelerator is lightly depressed.
The fuel economy is claimed to be about 10% better (compared to the previous engines), aided by factors such as a lighter body, improved aerodynamics and auto start/stop function.
An all-aluminium 2-litre turbodiesel engine (108 bhp/350 Nm) is also available for the XV and is mainly for the European market where diesels are more popular. It is unlikely that this engine would be offered in Malaysia since our diesel fuel quality is still pretty poor.
The main transmission is a lightweight CVT with a chain drive that gives 5% better transfer efficiency than a belt. It has 6 pre-set ‘gear’ positions which can be manually selected by the driver using shift paddles. In certain markets, there will also be the option of 5-speed and 6-speed manual transmissions.
All-Wheel Drive (AWD) is virtually synonymous with Subaru which has offered such drivetrains for decades. The Subaru AWD system has two types of centre differential mechanisms according to the transmission type.
For the XV’s passenger compartment, the goals were to create a relaxing space that conveys a comfortable sense of spaciousness and quality of material. There is a balance of the different tactile and emotional qualities of leather, metal, and cloth. The instrument panel design accentuates the horizontal in order to convey a sense of space in all four directions, thereby creating an aura of tangible quality.
The floor of the cargo area has been specially designed so that one half of the floor can be inclined by connecting its straps to hooks. As such, the size of the step at the opening can be reduced so it is easier to get heavy objects, pets, etc in and out. A 15-litre sub-storage area is also available for smaller items.
SUBARU XV DIMENSIONS
Overall length: 4450 mm
Overall height: 1570 mm
Overall width: 1,780 mm
Wheelbase: 2,635 mm
Ground clearance: 220 mm
Kerb weight: 1,370 to 1,435 kgs (depending on model)