It is believed that the new 2017 replacement for the 2016 Subaru XV will follow a similar formula for success. The next generation model is due to arrive on our shores in mid 2017 and the theme seem to be more of the same. This is not a bad thing; customers don’t like jarring changes, and they prefer gradual evolution. The Subaru XV has been a good seller for Subaru in Australia, and customers will appreciate some upgrades. Here are some of the juicier details.
One of the first things that you may notice is a distinct increase in the amount of body cladding on show. The overall effect is a hotter new body that is more muscular, and this is enhanced by an exciting brighter colour palette. Essentially the new XV (much like the present model) is an Impreza hatch on steroids. There are new front and rear bumpers on display, along with a wheel arch extensions and chunky wheels. The ride height is taller, which translates into an elevated driving position. This rugged small SUV appearance is certain to appeal to a car buying public that appreciates aesthetic values.
The new body changes are not based on changes to the sheet metal body shell. The body cladding is plastic and underneath the shell is unchanged. Inside, there is exactly the same space available as the Subaru Impreza hatch. The cabin space is identical, and the boot capacity has not been improved for the next generation. However, one could argue that the space was more than adequate already. The Subaru XV is a small SUV, and it is not designed to compete with the larger competitors. The main rivals within this segment are smaller SUVs, such as the Mazda CX-3 and the Honda HR-V. The Subaru XV already offers a solid alternative to these two cars in every department.
It will come as no surprise to keen petrolheads with their fingers on the pulse, but the Australian SUV segment has exploded in recent years. We are now three quarters of the way through 2016 and SUV sales figures are currently standing at approximately 70,000 units sold. At the moment it would be fair to say that most customers choose their SUV based upon pricing and utility. Although there is no differentiation officially based on size within the SUV segment, it follows that cheaper vehicles are usually smaller. The current Subaru XV sells on average 550 units each month, which is a respectable figures for the unofficial small SUV class. There will be more details revealed in the months to come, and a final specification will be very interesting.
If you’re in the market looking for a new Subaru XV for sale, contact us here at Perth City Subaru. We have an amazing selection of new and used cars for sale, including the 2016 Subaru XV. We would like to invite you to join us for a no obligation test drive at your convenience. Our sales team is standing by to answer any questions you may have.
Note: The Subaru XV model is marketed as the Subaru Crosstrek. This change in name was made to align with Subaru’s global naming strategy. Therefore, when referring to the Subaru XV in the context in the market, it is synonymous with the Subaru Crosstrek. Rest assured, any information or references pertaining to the Subaru XV can be considered applicable to the Subaru Crosstrek.