Following the launch of the fifth-generation Subaru Impreza in Singapore, it has been revealed that the next-generation XV will be destined to arrive on Malaysian shores in Q4 this year.

This information was revealed by Glenn Tan, executive director of Tan Chong International during a group interview, where he also added that the Singapore market will be the first to get the new XV as fully-imported (CBU) units, while Malaysia will get locally-assembled (CKD) XVs six months after.

Previously, Tan stated that the company’s Segambut plant would be ready in time to produce next-generation Subaru models that utiilise the Subaru Global Platform. The Segambut plant currently produces the facelifted XV and Forester, both of which were launched last year.

Subaru Impreza (Russ Swift stunt car)

The new XV was first previewed in concept form in early March 2016, and will be underpinned by the same architecture as that used on the newly-launched Impreza. An earlier report revealed that it will follow the same recipe as the outgoing model – higher road clearance and some cladding to match its rugged persona.

Although Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) – soon to become Subaru Corporation – has yet to reveal the new XV, if you need some help visualising what that might look like, Russ Swift’s modified Impreza used in his stunt show at the Singapore Motor Show is a good start. The car you see has bump stops added to its suspension to allow Swift a little more clearance for him to execute his two-wheel driving demonstration.

On a related matter, Tan also stated that the five-door hatchback version of the Impreza (for those who are interested) can also be introduced to the Malaysian market (currently there are no plans to do so), but it would require a significant amount of demand for such a move to happen. Which model would you be looking forward to the most?

GALLERY: Subaru XV Concept


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