2022 Subaru XV facelift in Malaysia – live gallery of GT Edition with EyeSight ADAS and bodykit, RM146,788

2022 Subaru XV facelift in Malaysia – live gallery of GT Edition with EyeSight ADAS and bodykit, RM146,788

The facelifted Subaru XV was launched in Malaysia in December, sporting a mildly updated look and several new features, including some much-needed safety equipment. Now, we have a full live gallery of the refreshed second-generation crossover, allowing you to pore over every detail.

As previously reported, the new Subaru XV is priced at RM139,788 for the 2.0i-P EyeSight variant, while the car you see here, the GT Edition, goes for RM146,788. Both figures are on-the-road without insurance and include the full sales and service tax (SST) rebate for locally-assembled CKD vehicles (valid until June 30), as well as a five-year/100,000 km warranty.

Whichever variant you plump for, you’ll get an unchanged FB20D 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated, direct-injected flat-four engine, producing 156 PS at 6,000 rpm and 196 Nm of torque. As before, the mill is mated to a Lineartronic CVT and Subaru’s trademark symmetrical all-wheel drive. The facelift adds the Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-Drive) drive mode selector and a new dual-function X-Mode system with dirt and mud settings.

2022 Subaru XV facelift in Malaysia – live gallery of GT Edition with EyeSight ADAS and bodykit, RM146,788

The biggest change is of course the EyeSight suite of driver assists, which was previously available in other markets but has only now made its way to Malaysia, having been introduced on the latest Forester. It’s standard on all XVs and adds autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, lane departure warning, front departure alert and pedal misapplication control. This likely explains the RM8,000 premium over the outgoing model.

As far as facelifts go, the XV’s is relatively minor, adding a bunch of blink-and-you’ll-miss-them visual changes. These include a revised front bumper with L-shaped corners, a new grille mesh, a very slight headlight redesign and revamped 17-inch two-tone alloy wheels. The GT Edition adds front and rear bumper spoilers and deeper side skirts, plus silver trim and the same unique 17-inch rollers as before (the petal-like design is identical to the Thai version‘s, but they’re an inch smaller).

The Impreza-derived interior and its XV-specific orange stitching has been largely untouched, but Subaru has seen fit to add an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory, reverse auto-tilt door mirrors and auto brake hold. The head unit is also new – a Panasonic system with a far clearer eight-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

Standard kit includes adaptive LED headlights, fog lights, roof rails, keyless entry, push-button start, paddle shifters, dual-zone automatic climate control, auto lights and wipers, alloy pedals and a reverse camera. The GT Edition swaps out the 2.0i-P’s black and grey fabric upholstery with leather and adds a 360-degree camera with 3D view – unlike in Thailand, the latter isn’t fitted across the board.

Both variants are offered with a choice of six colours, including Crystal Black Silica, Magnetite Grey Metallic, Ice Silver Metallic, Dark Blue Pearl and Pure White. Cool Grey Khaki, shown here, was introduced in the Malaysian market in 2018.

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Jonathan Lee

After trying to pursue a career in product design, Jonathan Lee decided to make the sideways jump into the world of car journalism instead. He therefore appreciates the aesthetic appeal of a car, but for him, the driving experience is still second to none.



  • I love Subaru on May 19, 2022 at 12:42 am

    Subaru is one of most reliable favourite brand

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  • GenY AEB on May 19, 2022 at 7:56 am

    pedal misapplication control is good,

    It’s not available @ the Malaysia

    Honda, Mazda, etc.

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  • Bob Mal on May 19, 2022 at 8:40 am

    How sad either our inflation has gone through the roof or Subaru is going for the kill since that car was priced RM109k and Forrester at RM113k with full 5 years service package back in 2017 but now barely 5 years it is sold at RM147k (an increase of RM38k or 35% or increase of 6% extra every year – noted that this is full spec with ADAS but still the exact same engine).

    Imagine for the same Proton X50 can give u full ADAS with a higher powered engine all for RM8k extra.

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    • Need to look beyond plain figures. The Subaru drivetrain is one of the smoothest around. The X50 on the other hand…

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    • RyanT on May 19, 2022 at 11:29 am

      Xv n x50 are different segments

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    • applegreen on May 19, 2022 at 11:33 am

      I’m owner of previous gen XV. I think u not comparing apple to apple. Last time MI sold the XV at rm109k for 2017 model while up the promo early in 2018. This 2017 XV without leather seats and many more features compared to 2022 XV facelift.

      Both XV using FB20 engine. But its not really the same. The 2017XV fb20 is single AVCS and port injection. New 2022 XV engine is dual AVCS and direct injection. New XV engine is lighter too, and behave differently from the previous one.

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    • Celup King on May 19, 2022 at 12:30 pm

      No worries this is Tan Chong after all. Just wait for end year massive discount to make the car more affordable to buy.

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  • the only thing missing, is a more powerful engine.
    the 2liter with cvt is not exactly stand out among the competition

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    • Why you need powerful engine, after all, it won’t last longer as this 2.0 liter engine with cvt

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    • Far miles behind on May 19, 2022 at 12:04 pm

      Complaining more but haven’t test drive at all.

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  • nazri on May 19, 2022 at 9:37 am

    The front wind screen cannot be tinted due to the eyesight, am I right?

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    • Good spot,
      Bcuz this lens/casing not designed to attached to the windscreen.

      End up the tint either:
      1. Overlaying the calibrated Lens.
      2. To make a cutout @ the Lens zone, but subjected to workmanship,
      Still can be a weird appearance even if done well.

      Can reference to how competitor achieved the allowance of tint application.

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  • dong gor on May 19, 2022 at 9:49 am

    150k mahal lor… this is toyota cross range of cars and asking 20k more than the benchmark. and it doesn’t come with the wide SC network like Toyota…while costing more than entry level of CX5 and CRV but not feel any thing at the premium side, they will just be left in showroom!

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  • XV used to cost around 110-120k so 146k is a huge jump in pricing.

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  • Time to trade my old XV into this

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  • Jack Muthu on May 19, 2022 at 2:09 pm

    Did anyone watch the viral video where a x50 turned turtle after knocking the rear end of an ativa. What does this shows? Very unstable due to the centre of gravity of the x50

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    • LOL the only one to speak about it, and how veritable is this muppet, nobody knows.

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  • Current owner of XV GT. Being cheated by Malaysia government where I bought this car end of Dec 2020. I was waiting for eye sight!!!

    The AWD allowed me to cornering more confident as compared to my peugeot 308THP. The early stage acceleration is a bit lack but mid and high range acceleration is acceptable (please do not expect too much as it is only 2.0NA).

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    • How on earth did Msia Govt cheat you when brands did not spec in features they put at a later date?

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  • ROTI CANAI on May 19, 2022 at 10:53 pm

    xv comes with memory seats but the current forester doesnt in malaysia. tan ah chong is weird.

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