Subaru's new XV is obviously based on the latest Impreza hatch, and thus sports almost entirely new parts over its predecessor, including the company's new modular platform.
However, the signature design remains. It's essentially a jacked-up version of the hatch with pumped guards. If it ain't broke...
The XV also builds on the regular Impreza's AWD system with a X-MODE that adjusts throttle response, torque allocation and braking on slippery surfaces. There's also a hill-descent control.
The cabin is familiar to anyone who has sat in the new Impreza, containing an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, nicer materials and more space. There's no word on how much cargo space has increased by, but let's hope it's a lot.
Subaru's EyeSight stereo camera-based driver assist safety system (adaptive cruise, autonomous braking) features alongside blind spot monitoring, lane change assistance and reversing assistance systems.
Pictured: MY17 Impreza cabin, expect the XV's to be about the same
The lower and stiffer new platform has greatly improved the Impreza's handling and noise suppression alike, and should do so for the XV derivation, despite its higher (220mm) ground clearance over the regular hatch.
That, by the way, it much more clearance than a Mazda CX-3 or Honda HR-V offer.
As with the Impreza, the majority of parts on the XV’s 2.0-litre direct-injection Boxer petrol engine are revamped, making it lighter. The 115kW/196Nm outputs are the same as the Impreza, as is the CVT auto.
The 2017 Subaru XV will arrive by mid-year. Despite its age, the rugged outgoing car remains a strong-seller, albeit behind the Mazda CX-3, Honda HR-V, Mitsubishi ASX and Nissan Qashqai. Most of these rivals are front-drive, however.
Expect the new Subaru XV to also get the same drastic reductions to its running costs as the new Impreza, which you can read about in detail here.