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New Subaru XV 2021 gets Forester's 2.5-litre engine as part of facelift to better rival Kia Seltos

The XV is now officially available with a 2.5-litre naturally aspirated boxer four-cylinder engine.

Subaru has revealed the facelifted version of the second-generation XV small SUV, and in good news for buyers looking for more grunt, it introduces a new 2.5-litre engine option.

Taken straight out of the fifth-generation Forester mid-size SUV, the naturally aspirated boxer four-cylinder unit produces 136kW of power and 239Nm of torque, putting the XV on par with most potent versions of the rivalling Kia Seltos, the 130kW/265Nm Sport+ and GT-Line.

For reference, the 2.0-litre naturally aspirated boxer four-cylinder engine currently in non-hybrid variants of the XV develops a much more modest 115kW/196Nm.

Either way, a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is standard alongside Subaru’s signature symmetrical all-wheel-drive system with active torque vectoring.

That said, it’s not all good news, as Subaru Australia has no plans to introduce the new 2.5-litre engine option as part of its facelifted XV range, which is expected to enter showrooms before the end of this year.

Australian buyers won't get the chance to the buy an XV Sport. Australian buyers won't get the chance to the buy an XV Sport.

There are, however, a couple of updates to the XV that should make it Down Under, including its tweaked front fascia, which features a redesigned grille and bumper.

Meanwhile, the XV’s suite of advanced driver-assist systems has been improved been with ‘advanced’ adaptive cruise control with steering assist.

In the US market, a new Sport grade joins the XV line-up, although Subaru Australia has no plans to introduce it. For reference, it adds chunkier wheelarch flares, specific 17-inch alloy wheels, gunmetal and yellow metallic trim, and StarTex upholstery with yellow stitching.

The Sport grade also gets a dual-function version of the XV’s X-Mode system, with a Deep Snow/Mud setting joining the familiar Snow/Dirt mode. As a refresher, it adjusts the SUV’s electronics to optimise traction in low-grip environments.

Local pricing and specification for the facelifted XV will be announced closer to its launch. For reference, the pre-facelift model starts at $29,240 plus on-road costs and tops out at $36,530.