Subaru Australia has released the facelifted version of the second-generation XV, with the small SUV doubling its number of ‘self-charging’ hybrid options while getting a fresh new look.
As before, four variants are fitted with a 115kW/196Nm 2.0-litre naturally aspirated boxer four-cylinder engine: entry-level 2.0i, mid-range 2.0i-L and 2.0i Premium, and flagship 2.0i-S.
The 2.0i’s pricing is up $450, to $29,690 plus on-road costs, while the 2.0-L is now priced $380 higher, at $31,990. That said, it’s the 2.0i Premium that’s copped the largest price rise, jumping $1170 to $34,590, while the 2.0i-S has risen $760, to $37,290.
Previously, there was only one hybrid variant, the 2.0i-based Hybrid – which combined a 110kW/196Nm version of the aforementioned petrol engine with a 12.3kW/66Nm electric motor – but now there are two: the 2.0i-L-based Hybrid L and 2.0i-S-based Hybrid S.
While the Hybrid was priced from $35,580 – partly due its extra standard equipment over the preceding 2.0i – the Hybrid L and Hybrid S cost $35,490 and $40,790 respectively.
Paintwork options for the XV have changed slightly, with Horizon Blue Pearl replacing Quartz Blue Pearl.
Revealed overseas in June, the XV’s facelift ushers in revised suspension as well as new grille, front bumper, foglight surround and 17- and 18-inch alloy wheel designs, while Hybrid variants gain e-Active Shift Control for the CVT when its S drive mode is engaged.
Paintwork options for the Kia Seltos, Mitsubishi ASX and Mazda CX-30 rival have changed slightly, with Plasma Yellow Pearl and Horizon Blue Pearl replacing Sunshine Orange and Quartz Blue Pearl respectively.
As part of the facelift, the 2.0i has added power-folding side mirrors, while the 2.0i-L’s features have otherwise carried over.
The 2.0i-S has picked up X-Mode off-road drive modes, auto-folding and -dipping side mirrors, a driver’s seat with memory functionality, a gloss-black climate control panel, a stitched multi-function display ‘visor’ and front and passenger-side cameras.