Tokyo 2015: Subaru XV facelift goes live in Japan

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Another one making its physical debut at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show is the Subaru XV facelift – Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) had revealed the car earlier in September this year. So what exactly has changed over the outgoing version of Subaru’s elevated Impreza hatch? Not much at first glance, to be honest.

Up front, the Subaru XV facelift gets a refreshed fascia replete with new headlights and LED positioning lamps. Elsewhere, a new chrome-accented grille is to be found – gloss black on the XV Hybrid – while additional L-shaped chrome add-ons frame the foglight assembly. The petrol variant also scores a set of new dual-tone 17-inch alloy wheels.

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Inside, changes are relatively minute with the addition of a revised three-spoke steering wheel and contrasting orange stitching on said wheel and around the interior. Additionally, there’s added LED lighting under the head unit while a closer poke around reveals the presence of Subaru’s EyeSight safety system.

The rejuvenated XV also gets two new colours added to its palette with Hyper Blue and Dark Blue Pearl colour schemes. Under the bonnet, the Subaru XV facelift soldiers on with the same FB20 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated flat-four engine. Said mill puts out a total of 148 hp at 6,200 rpm and 197 Nm at 4,200 rpm. As expected, power is sent to all four wheels via a five-speed manual or a Lineartronic CVT with six “ratios”.

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Gregory Sze

An “actor” by training, Gregory Sze realised that he has had enough of drama in his life. Following his number one passion (acting was actually number two), he decided to make the jump into the realm of automotive journalism. He appreciates the simple things in life – a simple car with nothing but back-to-basics mechanical engineering and minimal electronics on board.



  • Middle Age Driver (Member) on Oct 30, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Do we have MT subaru XV here? I’m not keen on auto for city driving. Too frustrated.

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  • FIST (Member) on Oct 30, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Too bad the boot space is too small

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  • Battu on Oct 30, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Keyless entry with push start is new right? unless it missing in malaysia current XV

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  • sepul on Oct 30, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    This should be here, Motor Image. Hyper Blue color looks very nice!

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  • macroemdia on Oct 30, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    nice steering design, much better than current ones. The auto gear also covered with leather jackets now. Now if only the back seaat can be slightly recline too!

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  • Sugantha krishanamathi Perumal on Oct 30, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    Still fugly. Outdated. Probably 90k by end of 2016

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  • Pakcik Norizam Kasim Bin Ahmad Daud Rajawali on Oct 30, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    Syukur pada illahi dah buat angkat muka xv ni. Pakcik nak belo untuk anal pakcik. Sebelum angkat muka tak cun. Tapi sekarang lepas angkat muka sangat cunt.

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