TC Subaru today launched the new Subaru XV GT Edition, which is a unique version of the crossover based on the existing 2.0i-P variant. Priced at RM130,788 on-the-road without insurance (includes a five-year/100,000 km warranty), the model comes with several aesthetic enhancements to ensure it stands out from a regular XV on the road.

This includes a full exterior package that consists of a front and rear bumper lip extensions, side skirts and a sportier roof spoiler. Some of these add-ons feature silver accents on them, providing a bit of contrast to the rest of the bodywork.

You’ll also get a set of 17-inch two-tone alloy wheels in fan blade design, which are coupled with 225/55 tyres and dedicated centre caps. Eagle-eyed readers will also notice the rear diffuser area of the GT Edition is now finished in black rather than following the body colour.

Inside, the GT Edition comes with special two-tone leather seats (with grey and orange contrast stitching) and floor mats. Another feature that you only get with the GT Edition is a side view monitor system, with cameras located on the lower half of the side mirrors to give you a better view of what’s beside the vehicle.

No changes under the bonnet, as the GT Edition retains the familiar FB20 2.0 litre direct-injected NA four-cylinder boxer petrol engine. The mill offers 156 PS at 6,000 rpm and 196 Nm at 4,000 rpm, with drive going to the road via a Lineartronic CVT (seven virtual ratios) and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system (with X-Mode).

Standard equipment on the GT Edition largely mimics the 2.0i-P, including automatic LED headlamps (with Steering Responsive Headlights feature), dual-zone climate control, a dash-mounted 6.3-inch multi-function display, eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, 4.2-inch TFT LCD instrument cluster display, power-adjustable driver’s seat, paddle shifters and a rear-view camera.

As for safety equipment, you’ll still get seven airbags (front, front side, front/rear curtain and knee). ABS with EBD and brake assist, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and rear Isofix child seat anchors.

The GT Edition is the result of a collaboration with Giken Co Limited and Masahiko Kobayashi, the latter being the former chief designer (head of global advanced design studio) at Subaru Corporation.