Subaru’s design philosophy has run awry recently, and its latest model offers no relief, having today officially revealed its new mid-sized people carrier – the Exiga.
Based on a lengthened version of the current Impreza platform, the Exiga will also feature Subaru’s trademark symmetrical all-wheel drive.
The engines on offer are also borrowed from the Impreza, with a naturally aspirated 2.0-litre boxer engine featuring across most the range whilst the flagship GT variant features a turbocharged 2.0-litre unit producing 165kW.
A 4-speed automatic is standard on all basic models, whilst the turbocharged GT is equipped with a 5-speed automatic with sportshift which blips the throttle on down-shifts.
Subaru’s SI-Dive system also makes an appearance on the GT, offering three different modes as per the Impreza WRX STi: Intelligent, Sport and Sport Sharp.
The Exiga also features double-wishbone rear suspension, newly designed cross-members and stabilisers, as well as a Variable Torque Distribution (VTD) system – ensuring uncharacteristically responsive handling for this type of vehicle.
All models also feature four-wheel ABS disc brakes with EBD,Brake Assist and dual SRS air bags as standard.
A key feature of the new Exiga is its large panoramic glass roof which spans the first two rows of seating.
All up, the Exiga boasts seating for seven – three rows at gradually elevated heights to provide a better view for people in the back seats.
The Exiga is currently a Japanese Domestic Market offering only, however there are plans to introduce the car into Europe. No word yet on Australian availability.