2017 Geneva Motor Show: 2017 Subaru XV image

The sporty XV crossover – Crosstrek in North America – has been thoroughly updated in time for a worldwide live presentation in front of the audience of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

For the first time since it was presented back in 2012, the XV receives a thorough upgrade – which includes a switch to the new Subaru Global Platform, which includes a new design language, an upgraded boxer engine and a wide array of new features. Subaru’s new “Dynamic x Solid” design philosophy is on point here, with the XV being now wider and lower (5 millimeters) – though the 8.6 inches (220 millimeters) of ground clearance hasn’t been affected. Meanwhile, the new platform is allegedly 70 percent more rigid compared to the predecessor.

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The styling comes with sculpted headlights and taillights, with a family-friendly look for the hexagonal grille and fresh alloy designs, to compliment the newly added “Cool Gray Khaki” and “Sunshine Orange” colors. Inside the cabin the driver and passengers will see a new 8.0-inch touchscreen display, detailed orange stitching as well as a newly designed steering wheel. Motivation is provided by a newly “revamped” 2.0-liter Boxer engine, with 80 percent of its internals reworked compared to the older XV.

Power has bene upgraded to 154 horsepower (115 kilowatts) on the new model compared to 148 horsepower (110 kilowatts) on the outgoing version but torque has remained the same at 145 pound-feet (196 Newton-meters). There’s also a new CVT and the Symmetrical all-wheel drive gets the new X-Mode, which should lift driving performance on poor roads by controlling the engine, AWD system and braking.