The second-generation Subaru XV was launched just last week and in two forms – the 2.0i and 2.0i-P. Priced from RM118,819 to RM125,868 respectively, on-the-road before insurance, the locally-assembled XV’s identity remains unmistakable with familiar styling cues.

Right off the bat, the XV’s footprint is largely the same as before and is basically an Impreza on stilts. The taller ride height offers 220 mm ground clearance, which is the same as before, although the centre of gravity is lower here. The fresh redesign brings to the table a sleeker profile, slimmer LED headlights with LED daytime running lights (2.0i gets halogen reflectors with LED DRLs), a bolder-looking grille and bigger, chunkier, two-tone 17-inch wheels.

Big here is what’s unseen – the crossover rides on the new Subaru Global Platform, which increases body and chassis rigidity by over 70% compared to its predecessor. Strapped to the underside of the bonnet is a horizontally-opposed, naturally-aspirated 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine. According to Subaru, 80% of the direct-injection engine has been reworked, now making 156 PS and 196 Nm of torque.

Paired to the engine is a new Lineartronic CVT with auto-step shift control and seven virtual ratios, which sends drive to all four corners through the company’s symmetrical all-wheel drive system. It now features the Forester’s X-Mode system for better control in low-traction situations, while the Active Torque Vectoring helps improve the car’s driving dynamics.

The cabin too has been given a fresh new design, with both variants getting an electronic parking brake, cruise control, an eight-inch touchscreen display, a six-speaker audio system, a 4.2-inch TFT LCD instrument panel info display, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, paddle shifters and a rear-view camera as standard.

Safety wise, there’s seven airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and rear Isofix child seat anchors as standard. Up to six colours can be had, beginning with Sunshine Orange, Dark Blue Pearl, Pure White, Ice Silver Metallic, Dark Grey Metallic and Crystal Black Silica.

But enough writing – watch as our man Hafriz Shah takes you through what exactly is new on the new Subaru XV and what you’re getting for your money. You can also browse full specifications and equipment, and get the best deals on a new car, on

GALLERY: Subaru XV 2.0i-P

GALLERY: Subaru XV 2.0i