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Is this the all-new 2018 Subaru XV – marketing brochure leaked?

The all-new 2018 Subaru XV will be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show next month… but an internal marketing brochure seems to have been leaked early.

THE ALL-NEW 2018 Subaru XV will be officially revealed to the world at the Geneva Motor Show next month. Subaru previously teased a shadowy profile picture of the XV to the press and has launched a countdown website, now it would seem a marketing brochure has been leaked.

Practical Motoring received the two images you see here from a regular and reliable source. The images appear to be from some sort of Japan domestic marketing brochure for the new Subaru XV, although Fuji Heavy Industries has told Practical Motoring that the images are not “official image of the all-new XV”, while Subaru Australia responded with “no comment” when asked about the images.

But we’re not so sure. A quick translation of the wording around the pics reveals that the new Subaru XV will go on-sale in Japan in April (which ties in with a local on-sale date of June) and be available for pre-order from 8th March, or just after its global reveal in Geneva. This suggests we’re looking at either a marketing brochure for the Japan Domestic Market or some sort of dealer communication.

The all-new 2018 Subaru XV will be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show next month... but an internal marketing brochure seems to have been leaked early.

Elsewhere on the image, there’s mention of the colours it will be available in, and that the new XV will be available with a 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine – this is a Japan Domestic Market engine only… In Australia, we’ll see the XV with the same 2.0-litre four-cylinder Boxer engine as the new Impreza. Beyond this there’s the usual guff that the new XV will offer great pricing, ride and handling thanks to the new Global Platform and be a “real SUV”. The document also makes mention of the car being available in nine colours.

The new XV borrows plenty of styling cues from the new Impreza, from the new headlights to the body panels, adding typical XV styling of a chunky contrasting colour front and rear bumper and wheel arches. According to the document, the XV will stand 1550mm tall which is 70mm taller than the Impreza hatch (1480mm) but, according to the document still short enough to fit into ‘tower carparks’ meaning low-roof car parking spaces common in Japan. The Impreza has 130mm of ground clearance; add the 70mm difference between the two and you get 200mm of ground clearance. Further translation of the document has revealed that the approach angle will be 18-degrees and the departure an impressive 30 degrees.

Expect the new XV to mirror internal changes to the Impreza too. Meaning, the boot will be bigger, as will the interior space for both front and rear passengers. It will also get Subaru’s Eyesight collision avoidance system and an upgraded infotainment unit that will offer Apple Car Play and Android Auto connectivity.

While Japanese models will get a 1.6L engine, locally we’ll see the XV equipped with the same engine and transmission as the Impreza, which means a 2.0-litre four-cylinder Boxer engine (petrol) making 115kW and 196Nm which will be mated to a CVT only with simulated ‘seven speeds’. While, on paper, this package doesn’t seem particularly gutsy, our testing of the Impreza has revealed that it’s more than capable of handling the daily grind.

And, in typical Subaru style, the new XV will get permanent all-wheel drive and a full-size spare. The Impreza only gets a space saver spare, but Subaru fits all its SUV models with a full-size spare.

Question: What do you think of the new XV, and would you wait and buy it instead of the Impreza?


Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. He began his motoring career in 2000 reviewing commercial vehicles, before becoming editor of Caravan & Motorhome magazine. He then moved to MOTOR Magazine before going freelance and contributing to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian, CARSguide, and many more.