Fuji Heavy Industries has revealed the facelifted Subaru XV – the tall-riding Impreza hatch gets a few minor detail changes to freshen it up as it reaches its fourth year on the market. Sales are slated to begin in the United States (where it’s badged the Crosstrek) sometime in autumn, alongside the facelifted Impreza.

Most of the changes have been concentrated at the front of the car – there are new headlights with LED positioning lights, a revised grille (gloss black on the Hybrid) and a reprofiled front fascia with L-shaped chrome accents around the fog lights. The petrol variant also gets a slightly revised design for the 17-inch two-tone machine-finished alloy wheels.

Inside, revisions are limited to a revised three-spoke steering wheel, orange stitching, LED lighting under the head unit and new gloss black and silver dashboard trim inserts on higher-end Limited and Hybrid Touring models in the US. Also exclusive to these variants are the new-for-2016 Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.


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With the facelift, US models receive a pair of GM OnStar-esque assistance packages – Starlink Safety Plus includes a number of emergency assist functions and vehicle information and notifications, while Starlink Safety Plus & Security Plus adds vehicle recovery and remote locking features. Bundled with these packages is the use of MySubaru.com to access remote services and diagnostics via smartphone or computer.

No changes under the bonnet – petrol models utilise the familiar FB20 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated flat-four engine making 148 hp at 6,200 rpm and 197 Nm at 4,200 rpm, sent to all four wheels via either a five-speed manual or a Lineartronic CVT with six virtual ratios. The Hybrid tacks on a 13 hp electric motor and a 0.55 kWh nickel-metal hydride battery to bump output to 160 hp at 6,000 rpm and 221 Nm at 2,000 rpm.

Thanks to Japanese blog Ethical & LifeHack (yes, the same people who outed the facelifted Forester), we also get a look at Japanese-market specs for the facelifted XV, as brochures have been leaked ahead of the car’s expected JDM debut on October 28.

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There are few actual changes here: side and curtain airbags, currently optional on 2.0i-L and 2.0i-L EyeSight models, are now standard on all variants – here’s hoping our locally-assembled XVs get six airbags as well with the facelift. Also new are an Advanced Safety Package with Blind Spot Detection – a 50,000 yen (RM1,800) option – as well as Hyper Blue and Dark Blue Pearl paint options.

However, the lineup has been rejigged slightly with the facelift. All petrol models will receive a 32,400 yen (RM1,100) price hike, so the range now starts at 2,289,600 yen (RM81,000) for the base 2.0i. Moving up, the 2,397,600 yen (RM84,800) 2.0i EyeSight replaces the Proud Edition, while the non-EyeSight 2.0i-L has been dropped. At the top of the range, the 2.0i-L EyeSight now retails at 2,592,000 yen (RM91,700).

Interestingly, Hybrid prices will remain the same as before, although they still command a 280,800 yen (RM9,900) premium over their petrol counterparts. As such, the lineup will now consist of a 2,570,400 yen (RM90,900) Hybrid 2.0i, a 2,678,400 yen (RM94,800) Hybrid 2.0i EyeSight and a 2,862,000 yen (RM101,300) Hybrid 2.0i-L EyeSight.