Just a few months after making its regional launch debut in Taiwan, the all-new Subaru XV has now been spotted in Malaysia, thanks to paultan.org reader Yeah Yung Ee. This unit here was sighted in Segambut, close to Tan Chong’s Segambut plant (where the current XV is manufactured).

This rear view shot of the XV shows us the crossover’s taillights, which are largely similar to the latest Impreza hatchback it is based on. There isn’t any distinctive badging to determine just what XV variant this is, but it will likely carry the updated FB20 2.0 litre direct-injected four-cylinder petrol engine.

For Taiwan-spec XVs, the powerplant serves up 154 hp and 196 Nm, paired to an improved Lineartronic CVT and Subaru’s trademark Symmetrical AWD system. The XV also comes equipped with X-Mode (like on the Forester) in Taiwan, providing better control when driving at low speeds over loose surfaces.

Underpinning the new XV is the Subaru Global Platform that not only boasts improved rigidity (+70%) compared to its predecessor, it also offers a lower centre of gravity. Other improvements include a quicker steering ratio (from 14:1 to 13:1) and the introduction of Active Torque Vectoring.

In terms of equipment, LED headlights, an 8-inch audio system, dual-zone automatic air-conditioning, multi-info display, cruise control, electrically-adjustable driver’s seat (manual front passenger), leather dash, sunroof and 18-inch alloys can be found on the highest-spec XV in Taiwan.

We’ve been told back in June that the new XV will be introduced in Malaysia by the fourth quarter of this year. Like the soon-to-be outgoing XV, the new one will also be locally assembled (CKD) in Malaysia by the end of 2017, with deliveries expected to take place early next year.

GALLERY: 2017 Subaru XV 2.0i-S (Taiwan-spec)