Motor Image Pilipinas, Inc., the official Subaru distributor in the Philippines, has officially launched the refreshed 2021 XV. The new 2021 Subaru XV is part of the Japanese automaker’s model offensive until 2022, which already includes the recently launched Evoltis midsize SUV.
Only one variant of the 2021 Subaru XV will be sold for now, and that is the fully loaded 2.0i-S EyeSight. This means that the newly-refreshed XV’s exterior features include a new set of 18-inch alloy wheels, full LED headlights and foglights, LED taillights, and new front and rear bumpers. The rest of the design of the XV remains unchanged, though it’s still a very good-looking subcompact SUV in our eyes.
As for the interior, the changes are also very minor from an aesthetic point of view. At least the XV gains a number of new features, such as the two-person memory for the 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat, speed-sensing door locks and reverse-linked tilting side mirrors. Entertainment is provided by an 8-inch touch screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and Subaru’s SAR 360 cameras.
Powertrain options for the 2021 Subaru XV remain unchanged, meaning it still uses the brand’s tried-and-tested 2.0-liter FB20D 4-cylinder horizontally-opposed boxer engine that produces 154 hp and 196 Nm of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels via Subaru’s Lineartronic CVT.
While the powertrain is largely unchanged, the 2021 XV gains a number of new features that enhanced the driving experience. This includes an enhanced SI-Drive drive mode selector with Sport and Intelligent mode, and a new dual-mode X-Mode that improves grip when going off-road. Additionally, Subaru’s engineers also retuned the XV’s suspension in order to provide occupants a softer and more controlled ride.
As ever, the 2021 Subaru XV comes as standard with the brand’s EyeSight suite of advanced forward-facing driver-assist features. This includes full-speed adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and automatic emergency braking. This comes on top of swiveling LED headlights, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, and rear automatic emergency braking. New for 2021 is the addition of rear seat reminder, which is now a common feature in the United States. Upon turning off the vehicle, the car will notify drivers to check the rear seats if they’ve left a pet or a child buckled up.
The new 2021 Subaru XV is now on sale at all Subaru dealers nationwide with a price tag of P1,908,000, which is unchanged from the pre-facelift XV. However, until June 30, 2021, the XV will come with a P80,000 discount, therefore its current MSRP is at P1,828,000. In addition, the Japanese automaker is also absorbing the brunt of the DTI’s safeguard measures on imported vehicles.