Now powered by a 2.0-litre horizontally-opposed petrol engine assisted by electric e-BOXER technology and symmetrical all-wheel drive capability.
Subaru’s popular XV compact crossover now comes with a new powertrain, the e-BOXER, which combines an electric motor with two of Subaru’s core technologies – the horizontally-opposed Boxer engine and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.
Built on the Subaru Global Platform, the XV e-Boxer offers advanced safety performance and a dynamic driving experience. Plus, the XV is as safe as ever with Subaru’s own EyeSight driver assist technology and Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection standard across the range.
The 2020 XV e-Boxer combines a 2.0 direct injection horizontally opposed petrol engine with an electric motor. A lithium-ion battery is mounted within the boot floor and allows for pure-electric driving at speeds of up to 25mph.
The new technology used in the XV e-Boxer is arranged in a symmetrical layout, with the heavy motor placed near the vehicle’s centre of gravity and the battery positioned above the rear axle. It is designed to ‘plant the car on the road giving noticeable handling improvements and maintaining Subaru’s unique balanced weight distribution’.
Subaru says the XV e-BOXER has a ‘natural braking feel and offers a seamless transition between EV and ICE driving’.
Built with 220mm of ground clearance, permanent symmetrical all-wheel drive as standard, plus an additional ‘X-Mode’ to tackle the most extreme weather and road conditions, the XV e-BOXER combines impressive traction with a 1,270kg towing capacity, making it perfectly suited to any on- or off-road adventures.
The XV e-Boxer was awarded a maximum of five stars by the crash-safety testing experts Euro NCAP, in 2019. Subaru was also voted Best Manufacturer for Safety Features in the 2019 Driver Power Survey and, as safety is a top priority, the XV e-Boxer comes with a suite of driver-assist and safety features as standard.
EyeSight driver-assist technology functions optically using two stereo cameras which are mounted either side of the rear-view mirror. It monitors for hazards up to 110 metres ahead and includes: adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, pre-collision throttle management, lane sway and departure warning, lane keep assist and lead vehicle start alert.
Subaru’s ‘Rear Vehicle Detection’ identifies vehicles approaching from the rear. It offers three main functions to improve visibility and to help minimise common causes for accidents – blind spot monitoring, lane change assist and rear cross traffic alert.
The Subaru XV e-Boxer benefits from a new front grille design with active grille shutter and the new low-profile roof rails have an aerodynamic design. The exterior has received other discreet upgrades including a new fog lamp bezel which surrounds the LED fog lights, the rear spoiler end plate is finished in gloss black and an e-Boxer badge has been added to the wings and tailgate.
The XV e-Boxer is very well specified with keyless entry and push button start, LED headlights with high beam assist, privacy glass on the rear windows and 18-inch alloy wheels standard across the range.
Inside, the XV e-Boxer has an intuitive 8-inch colour multifunction touchscreen and contains Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity. Dual zone air-conditioning, reversing camera and heated seats are also standard but customers can upgrade to the SE Premium trim grade to add leather seats, 8-way power adjustable driver seat, satellite navigation and sunroof.
Priced from £30,995 on the road, the Subaru XV e-Boxer is available in nine colours and is in dealerships now – WG.