Motor Image has launched the new Outback and XV at the 2018 Singapore Motor Show, both equipped with the brand’s EyeSight driver assistance technology. This marks the ASEAN debut of the system, which was previously available in other markets.

Starting with the Outback, the facelifted model adopts many of the changes that were revealed prior to last year’s 2017 New York International Auto Show. Visually, the jacked-up Legacy now comes with a wider hexagonal grille, new LED headlights with C-shaped LED DRLs, and a more rugged lower apron.

Other exterior features include a powered sunroof, roof rails, active grille shutter and a set of 18-inch alloy wheels – shod with 225/60 profile tyres. The headlights also come with an automatic on/off function and are steering responsive as well.

Moving inside, there’s a new eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. A Harman/Kardon sound system, plus a range of other media inputs and improved voice recognition, supplements the entertainment system.

The equipment list also includes a dual-zone climate control system with rear vents, rear USB ports, powered driver’s seat with memory function, electronic parking brake, smart entry with push start, PIN code access, powered tailgate and paddle shifters.

Motivation comes from an improved 2.5 litre boxer-four engine with a new alternator that is eight percent lighter. The mill makes 175 PS at 5,800 rpm and 235 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm, sending drive to all four wheels via a Lineartronic CVT and the automaker’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system.

The last item includes an X-Mode function for enhanced off-roading capabilities, like what you’ll find in other Subaru models like the Forester and new XV. Also included with this update is a set of Stablex-Ride dampers that is claimed to provide better steering stability and ride quality with less body shake.

On the safety side of things, the Outback gets seven airbags – dual front, side, curtain and driver’s knee – as well as Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC), blind spot monitor, hill start assist, Active Torque Vectoring and of course, the EyeSight system.

Moving on to the XV, the Singapore market now welcomes a 2.0 litre variant (already available in Malaysia), which joins the existing 1.6 litre model that was launched in July 2017. In total, the XV is offered in six variants – 1.6i, 1.6i-S, 1.6i-S EyeSight, 2.0i, 2.0i-S and 2.0i-S EyeSight – to customers in the republic.

The 2.0 litre boxer-four unit continues to make 156 PS at 6,000 rpm and 196 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm, accompanied by a Lineartronic CVT, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and X-Mode.

As mentioned at the start, the XV joins the Outback in receiving Subaru’s EyeSight system, and it too comes with seven airbags across the range. Focusing on the range-topping 2.0i-S EyeSight, standard kit includes auto-levelling LED headlights, dual-zone climate control, an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system and 18-inch alloy wheels. Unlike the Malaysian-spec XV, the one sold in Singapore includes a tyre pressure monitoring system and an engine idling start/stop function.

We’ve already been told the new Outback is due to make its Malaysian debut in the second quarter of 2018, but it remains to be seen when the XV will be available with the EyeSight system locally.

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