Subaru distributor Motor Image had on display two units of the new locally-assembled Subaru XV at its PJ showroom over the past weekend, with some visitors taking the opportunity for a test drive.

For now at least, the sole variant that will go on sale is the 2.0i, with a private-reg list price of RM150,735.20 (OTR with insurance). However, Motor Image’s website indicates an introductory price of RM139,800. The official local launch, we’re told, is set for December 19 – ahead of our previously reported January 2013 date.

Power comes from an FB series 2.0 litre four-cylinder boxer engine that pushes out 150 PS at 6,200 rpm and 196 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm, while drive goes to all wheels through an Active Torque Split AWD system and a Lineartronic CVT with six virtual ratios.

Tipping the scales at 1,430 kg, the crossover sits on some rather striking 17-inch alloys with 225/55 series tyres. Length, width and height are 4,450, 1,780 and 1,615 mm respectively.

The comprehensive equipment list includes AWD with Active Torque Split, Vehicle Dynamics Control, cruise control, reverse sensor, steering wheel shift paddles, dual front and driver’s knee airbags, automatic air-con and a two-DIN touch-screen AV system with remote that brings together DVD, USB, iPod, Bluetooth and GPS.

If you’ve missed this chance to see the XV in the metal (and possibly give it a go), don’t despair – the car will be travelling around the Subaru showroom network, with Cheras set to be its next port of call.

We’ve had quite a bit of a reporting history with this one – we first broke news of Malaysia being made the ASEAN production hub for Subaru last year, then confirmed the XV as the model to be locally-assembled at Tan Chong Motor Assemblies’ Segambut plant.

We then sampled the Japanese CBU car in Thailand, after which the Malaysian-assembled car surfaced at this year’s Indonesian International Motor Show. We’ve also interviewed Tan Chong International executive director and Motor Image boss Glenn Tan on Subaru’s plans for the ASEAN region.