The new Subaru XV has been caught yet again, this time by reader Jeang Herng near the Asia Jaya LRT station in Petaling Jaya. The Impreza-based crossover has now been seen in two variants – the range-topping 2.0i-P in the characteristic Sunshine Orange and the base 2.0i in Crystal Black.

From the outside, the high-spec model is differentiated by LED headlights with C-shaped LED daytime running lights (the 2.0i retains the use of halogen reflectors), chrome window line trim and silver roof rails. Otherwise, the two cars are pretty much identical to each other, equipped with front fog lights, silver door handles and 17-inch two-tone alloy wheels (not the 18s found in other markets).

Expect equipment count to largely mirror that of the Taiwanese-spec 2.0i and 2.0i-S models, minus the larger wheels on the 2.0i-S. There, the 2.0i gets a 6.5-inch touchscreen head unit, PIN code access, manual front seats and a rear view camera, while the 2.0i-S adds an 8.0-inch touchscreen, dual-zone auto air-con, a multi-info display, cruise control, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a leather dash and a sunroof.

Safety-wise, the Taiwanese models get seven airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and rear ISOFIX child seat anchors, with the 2.0i-S throwing in rear cross traffic alert, blind spot detection, high beam assist and lane change assist.

Power should come from a revised version of the FB20 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated flat-four engine, now with direct injection. In Taiwan, this mill makes 156 PS at 6,000 rpm and 196 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm (6 PS up from before), sent through a Lineartronic CVT to Subaru’s trademark Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system.

Earlier in the year, local distributor Motor Image confirmed that the new Subaru XV will make its way into Malaysia in the fourth quarter of this year, so the car should be launched here very soon. Excited?


GALLERY: 2018 Subaru XV in Taiwan