2018 Subaru XV Is Here With Familiar Looks, New Platform

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


  • WG

    Subaru’s releases are like those before&after ads for energy drink. The concept form is the “after” and the production form is the “before.”

  • jfalckt

    It doesn’t offend and certainly doesn’t excite, it’d be nice if Subaru did something truly unique, they are one of the few car brand oddities left these days and they need a product to match.

  • Jasta

    So exciting!

  • Matthijs

    Subaru will never learn. Their designs always look 5 years old

  • klowik

    So disappointed Subaru has done it again – far away from the concept!

  • Tumbi Mtika

    New shit. Same toilet.


    • Althea Later

      I was just trying to figure that out… were they trying to make them look like black waves or black dolphins jumping?

  • eb110americana

    Subaru, would it kill you to hire some decent designers for once?

  • no25

    Its not even on the dealer lots yet, and it already looks dated.

    • no25

      I do like the interior though

  • ac

    I would consider it. Have a 2013 and this one looks close enough. Decent proportions albeit not as balanced as the old one.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Coming soon to an REI parking lot near you.

  • Benjamin B.

    An actual transmission??!!!

  • Benjamin B.

    Subaru hired the old Lexus and Toyota designers that Toyota fired in order to build more “exciting” Lexi and Prii.

  • Knotmyrealname

    Are these the right pictures? Surely we want the set from THIS decade?

  • Dmitry Zelinskiy

    Its look like a chinа?s copy…)))

  • Enter Ranting

    It looks like the kind of nondescript car featured on Turtle Wax packaging. This vehicle is completely style-free.

  • SteersUright

    156hp in todays world, trying to merge into fast traffic or overtake, is not acceptable and a total deal breaker. Also, getting real tired of Subaru’s design language, which another commentor here said very will, it always “doesn’t offend and certainly doest excite”. Well, enough of that. I hope they sell little to none of these so it provides a kick-in-rear to a quirky brand I quite rather like and want to see finally put out some good looking and innovative products.