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We first saw it at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, then at its ASEAN debut at the 2015 Thai Motor Expo; now it’s here. That’s right – the facelifted Subaru XV has been launched in Malaysia, locally-assembled (CKD) at Tan Chong’s plant in Segambut.

First things first, the prices, which start at RM132,725 for the 2.0i – RM7,448 more than the previous XV Premium – rising up to RM137,075 for the 2.0i-Premium (2.0i-P). Both prices are on-the-road inclusive of insurance, a five-year/100,000 km warranty and three years’ free service.

The XV gains minor exterior changes for 2016, including a redesigned hexagonal grille, a new front bumper design with L-shaped LED positioning lights, an aluminium finish on the roof rails as well as a slightly revised turbine-like design for the distinctive 17-inch two-tone wheels.

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Malaysian cars also now get clear LED tail lights from the XV Hybrid, along with arrow-shaped LED indicators embedded into the door mirrors, the latter only on the 2.0i-P. Six colours are available, including Pure White, Ice Silver Metallic, Desert Khaki, Tangerine Orange Pearl, Dark Grey Metallic and Obsidian Black Pearl.

Inside, changes are limited to a revised three-spoke steering wheel design from the new Legacy and Outback, LED illumination under the head unit and orange interior stitching. There has also been a change in terms of equipment – the DVD navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity, six-speaker sound system and reverse camera are no longer standard, reserved for the 2.0i-P; the 2.0i gets a Kenwood 2-DIN radio instead.

Also new for the 2.0i-P is keyless entry, push-button start, power-adjustable driver’s seat, a new instrument cluster with a larger multi-info display (controllable via new steering-mounted buttons), a monitor for the all-wheel drive system on top of the dashboard, a cargo cover and alloy pedals. Front and rear fog lights, cruise control, reverse sensors, steering wheel shift paddles and automatic air-conditioning remain standard.

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Elsewhere, nothing has changed, so under the bonnet the XV retains the familiar FB-series 2.0 litre DOHC naturally-aspirated flat-four petrol engine, making 150 PS at 6,200 rpm and 196 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm. Drive is sent to Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system – retaining a 60:40 split front-to-rear – via a Lineartronic CVT with six virtual ratios.

Safety-wise, dual front airbags and a driver’s knee airbag remain standard fare – this despite Japan now getting side and curtain airbags as standard. Thankfully, ABS with EBD and brake assist, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and ISOFIX child seat anchors have also been retained.