2018 Subaru XV Is Here With Familiar Looks, New Platform

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Subaru has chosen the 2017 Geneva Motor Showto debut their all-new XV, a car that it promises to be much-improved over to its predecessor, while sticking to the same formula.

Inspired by the XV Concept shown last year, the production model comes with a more distinct look than the previous model, with the bumpers, grille, lighting units, and side protection giving it a more rugged feel than your regular Impreza hatch.

New exterior colors have been added - the Cool Grey Khaki and Sunshine Orange, which contrast the matte black cladding, alongside a set of 18-inch wheels with a fresh pattern.

Inside, an 8.0-inch touchscreen display takes center stage, with infotainment and smartphone connectivity functions, while the rest of the cabin benefits from a refreshed design and increased passenger and cargo space.

Peel its new skin away and you will find the brand's revamped global platform, which improves body and chassis rigidity and strength by 70-100 percent over its predecessor. Substantial improvements have been made to the suspension, and steering gear ratio as well.

The same 2.0-liter Boxer engine finds its way under the hood, but with 80 percent of the parts revamped, as Subaru claims. This allows for a minor output increase to 156 PS (154 HP) and 196 Nm (145 lb-ft) of torque, pushed to the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system through an improved 7-speed Lineatronic gearbox, with manual mode.

On the road, there's also a new X-Mode that increases drivability by optimizing integrated control of the engine, AWD, and brakes to provide additional control when tire slip is detected.

As for safety features making their way into the all-new Subaru XV, we count the EyeSight driver assist technology, with Pre-Collision Braking Control, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keep Assist, the High Beam Assist, adaptive headlights, and also Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection, which offers blind spot detection, lane change assistance, and reversing assistance.

Details surrounding its pricing and trim levels have yet to be announced, but the vehicle will go on sale later this year with the North American debut to take place at the New York Auto Show in April.

The article has been updated with a full image gallery, including live pics from Geneva

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