Launch: Subaru XV STIPOSTED BY admin ON 12 January 2015
THE Subaru XV with its symmetrical all-wheel drive and boxer engine got the Subaru Tecnica International touch and was launched in Petaling Jaya in early July.
It was appropriately named the Subaru XV STI Performance Edition and this Japanese crossover is priced from RM143,800.
Before you whip out your cheque books to make a down payment, it must be noted that the STI enhancements are mostly exterior add-ons although company officials at the launch insisted that they were beyond cosmetic and contribute to aerodynamics.
The add-ons, said the officials, were tested in a wind tunnel. The aero parts are said to reduce front and rear lift by 50 per cent.
The body kit comprises lips all around, from the front bumper to the side skirts and rear bumper, together with spoiler over the rear hatch.
LED daytime running lights are part of the package.
Perhaps the biggest dynamic improvement comes in the engine bay, but it is not in the form of any extra power whatsoever. As part of the XV STI Performance Edition, you get an STI flexible tower brace that has ball joints in the middle to improve body rigidity and response time.
Inside, things remain largely unchanged but the climate control buttons get some faux chrome trim and the steering wheel inserts as well as the side panels get a more attractive matte silver treatment.
Mechanically, nothing has changed under the hood. The power figures from the 2.0-litre boxer-four engine still weigh in at 148hp and 196Nm of torque that drives all four wheels via a continuously variable transmission with six virtual gears.
Safety is still top notch too, with dual front airbags, a driver’s knee airbag and VDC (vehicle dynamics control) among the features.