The second-generation Subaru XV will be revealed at the Geneva motor show in March; crossover will be based on a new platform
23 January 2017

The second-generation Subaru XV crossover will make its debut at the Geneva motor show in March.

The new Subaru XV has been revealed - get the latest here:

The XV is based on the company’s new Global Platform that is also used for the new Impreza.

While Subaru's trademark flat-four 'boxer' engines are retained at the heart of the new vehicle architecture, the Global Platform features stronger joints that, according to Subaru, reduce vibration while increasing rigidity for improved steering, ride, handling and refinement.

Another feature of this base is a rear anti-roll bar mounted directly to the frame to cut body roll by up to 50%.

The new XV’s chassis also places the engines 5mm lower to bring the centre of gravity down. It sticks with all-wheel drive but in Subaru's words the car is aimed at "urban adventurers", which suggests it is not intended as a full-blooded off-roader.

Read Autocar's review of the Subaru XV

Alongside revised versions of the 2.0-litre petrol and turbodiesel engines, a new hybrid powertrain is expected to be offered.

Subaru has sold a hybrid XV in Japan and the USA, but this new model is expected to come to Europe. The Global Platform has been developed specifically with this in mind and can also be used for a full electric vehicle.

Longer and wider than the outgoing XV, the new model also promises greater interior space, but it will be five-seater, rather than offering seven seats.

The new XV is expected to go on sale in the UK in the second half of 2017.

Alisdair Suttie

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23 January 2017
Scoobies has been bottom of the class for interior environment fit finish and decent materials. Lets hope they have done something like 200% improvement. The rest we know will be Scoobie - LUVLY

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23 January 2017
Look forward to seeing the official photos of the new XV,it looks like externally there won't be that much difference from the current car, but that's the way Subaru do things focusing on changing the engineering rather than styling. It'll be interesting to see if the hybrid is made available in the UK, in the US the hybrid XV is priced quite a bit higher than the normal petrol model,but then the diesel version isn't sold there so it'll be interesting to see how well it does.

24 January 2017
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STi XV. I think it will be a nice addition to the XV fleet.

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13 February 2017
Well, with the new UK road tax rates that are coming in, Subaru could, if they wanted to fit either the 1.6 turbo engine into the XV's chassis or even import the 2.0 litre 270+ bhp model if they felt brave enough without too much of a penalty to road users taxing them once bought, especially the 1.6 engine that currently resides in the Levorg's engine bay. However, even though the nation voted for Brexit, I fear that the emissions target for car manufacturers imposed by the EU, a unreasonably (in my opinion) average across the range of 95, will still weigh on their minds, and any UK government will try to comply with it. We Subaru lovers may still end up with cars woefully lacking the power that we crave.

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