Subaru unveiled its VIZIV Performance Concept at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show. The VIZIV series of concepts embodies Subaru’s vision for the future of making cars that deliver “Enjoyment and Peace of Mind.”

The first sedan body of the series, the VIZIV Performance Concept symbolizes superior Subaru driving performance and the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) layout, powered by a Boxer engine honed over more than five decades of development.

In sports sedan form, it conveys the concept of driving enjoyment that Subaru continues to pursue. In anticipation of widespread future deployment of automated driving technologies, advanced driver assist functions, combining the next generation EyeSight® system with other devices, are installed.

The name VIZIV derives from “Vision for Innovation.” 

MAIN SPECIFICATIONS

Body size (overall length × width × height): 4,630 × 1,950 × 1,430 mm
Wheelbase: 2,730 mm
Tyre size: 245/40 R20
Seating capacity: Five

Design Features

The VIZIV Performance Concept draws inspiration from previous production models symbolizing the Subaru driving experience: the Legacy (Liberty in Australia), which defined Subaru as a driver’s car, plus Impreza and WRX, which took the World Rally Championship by storm. 

Based on Subaru’s “Dynamic X Solid” design philosophy, this next-generation sports sedan encapsulates driving enjoyment. 

Driving performance is highlighted by a low centre of gravity, the dynamic flare of the guards, use of carbon fibre parts in the bumpers, guards and roof, and the glimpse of the exhaust in the rear bumper. The three-dimensional form of the front grille is flanked by hawk-eye headlights while the muscular guards point to the reliability of Symmetrical AWD. 

ADVANCED DRIVER ASSIST TECHNOLOGIES

Subaru has teamed advanced driver assist technologies scheduled for launch around 2020, with the high performance offered by the Boxer engine and Symmetrical AWD - creating a sports sedan symbolizing the “Enjoyment and Peace of Mind” expected of its cars. 

By also incorporating further enhancements to EyeSight driver assist technology, radar and highly accurate GPS and navigation systems, Subaru continues to pursue the ultimate levels of safety, aimed at eliminating accidents.

BRZ STI SPORT

Also unveiled in Tokyo was the BRZ STI Sport. While on-sale only in the Japan domestic market, some elements will be included in a yet-to-be disclosed Australian variant, which will be on sale around end of year. The new range-topping variant in Japan has been jointly developed with Subaru Tecnica International (STI), to achieve new levels of driving performance, quality feel and luxury.

The suspension features flexible V-braces and flexible draw stiffener front suspension. Exclusive 18-inch alloy wheels and high-performance tyres are used. The ZF-made SACHS shock absorbers, and coil springs specially tuned by STI, improve steering response and suppress roll - achieving flexible but highly stable driving performance.

The exterior is highlighted by an exclusive front bumper and adopts glossy black components, emphasizing strength and superb driving performance. The interior colour motif is unique to the variant, featuring Bordeaux red coordination. Quality materials include genuine leather and Alcantara® seats. 

Exclusive components are used for the instrument panel and its glare shield, and for the steering wheel, creating a sporty and special space.

MAIN FEATURES OF BRZ STI SPORT

Suspension and wheels

  • Specially tuned SACHS shock absorbers (made by ZF) and coil springs
  • STI-designed flexible V-braces
  • STI-designed flexible draw stiffeners (front)
  • 18-inch black alloy wheels
  • 215/40R18 high-performance tyres
  • Brembo four-wheel ventilated disc brakes

Exterior

  • Exclusive front bumper
  • STI emblem (front and rear)
  • BRZ emblem (black)
  • Exclusive front bumper garnish (with STI logo)
  • Power-retractable remote-control door mirrors (black)
  • Black shark fin antenna

Interior

  • Exclusive Alcantara® leather seats (Black/Bordeaux red; front seat heater)
  • Instrument panel with exclusive TFT colour Multi-Information Display (STI logo)
  • Exclusive instrument panel glare shield (Grande Luxe, red stitching)
  • Exclusive leather-wrapped steering wheel (high-tactile leather, red stitching, with dark cast metallic trim)
  • Exclusive door armrests (Bordeaux red, red stitching)
  • Exclusive shoulder pads (Grande Luxe, red stitching)
  • Piano black trim (air conditioner switch panel, power window switch panel)
  • Stainless steel side sill plates with STI logo

Subaru Corporation has completed new test tracks for advanced driver assist technologies at its Bifuka proving ground, in Hokkaido, Japan. The new test tracks will begin use next month.

The proving ground was established in 1995 as a development facility for conducting performance evaluations in cold climates and driving tests on snow. The 361-hectare site includes a variety of test and handling courses, and was expanded to include a high-speed circuit in 2003.

Designed to simulate public roads, the tracks are used to conduct a variety of tests throughout the year. Existing tracks at the proving ground have been upgraded to build the new Advanced Driver Assist Technologies test areas, making conditions closer to those on actual public roads.

BIFUKA PROVING GROUND OUTLINE
High-speed circuit: Total length 4.2 km (existing high-speed course upgraded to bring it closer to actual road conditions)

  • New gentle curves simulating those on motorways
  • New entry and exit lanes, simulating interchanges and service areas on motorways
  • New multi-lane track, simulating a four-lane road
  • New concrete paved road simulating North American freeway surfaces

Urban road course

  • New urban road course, simulating two-way traffic on roads
  • Road forms designed to resemble actual conditions, including intersections with and without turning lanes, guiding zones (pedestrian crossings)
  • A roundabout intersection

Other facilities

  • The general test tracks have been expanded and new functions added
  • The proving ground’s administration building has been rebuilt.

As part of initiatives to strengthen the brand, set out in its mid-term management vision, Subaru Corporation is pursuing technological development with the aim of becoming the top automotive company for overall safety.

Subaru is particularly focused on further enhancement of the EyeSight® driver assist system. The new Japan domestic market Levorg and WRX S4 models, released in August, are both fitted with Touring Assist, a new feature added to EyeSight, as standard equipment.

The new test tracks will be used to further accelerate the development needed for driver assist technologies, as they become increasingly advanced. By 2020, Subaru plans to offer an automated lane-changing function, by adding minimal devices such as digital maps, GPS, and radar to the EyeSight stereo camera.

The company also aims to develop an EyeSight-based technology that prevents collisions with vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians at intersections.

The reinvigorated Levorg range offers greater customer choice in both specification and pricing, with the entry-level 1.6 GT priced from $35,990 Manufacturer’s List Price*. Subtle cosmetic changes to Levorg’s front add to its stylish road presence, aided by newly-designed LED headlights and higher quality LED fog lights.

Subaru Australia Managing Director, Colin Christie, said: “Levorg has opened up a whole new performance niche for Subaru since we launched just over a year ago.

“We can now see even greater opportunity with the addition of two 1.6-litre turbo variants that will make this fun, flexible wagon available to an even greater cross-section of customers. Equally, by adding the prestige of the STI badge to the range-topping 2.0 STI Sport, we’re catering to customer demand for something even more exclusive at the top of the range - so the freshened MY18 line-up represents a significant opportunity for us.”

As with the entire Subaru new car range, every Levorg has an independent five-star rating for occupant safety from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).

NEW 1.6-LITRE TURBOCHARGED ENGINE

Entry-level Levorgs offer the 1.6-litre horizontally opposed four-cylinder Boxer engine, which has never previously been available on any Australian Subaru. Producing 125 Kilowatts of power at 4,800-5,600 rpm and 250 Newtonmetres of torque at 1800-4800 rpm, the compact unit offers even greater fuel efficiency within the expanded Levorg range.

The direct injection engine features direct cylinder injection and a forced induction supercharger intake. Each cylinder has a four-valve Double Overhead Camshaft (DOHC) valvetrain and Active Valve Control System (AVCS). It consumes 7.4 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres in the combined cycle.

As with the 2.0-litre variants, it is mated to an efficient Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

SMART REARVIEW MIRROR (SRM) – 1.6 GT Premium, 2.0 GT-S, 2.0 STI Sport

The SRM offers better rear visibility. Images of the area behind the car are taken by a camera mounted inside and above the rear gate glass, and displayed in the rearview mirror. It is particularly effective when the standard rearview mirror provides poor visibility in fluctuating light conditions, such as evening or at night; or if passengers or cargo are obscuring the view.

Two modes are available:

  • Mirror Mode is used as an ordinary mirror, without displaying images from the rear camera.
  • Display Mode is used for displaying images from the rear camera.

SRM modes are activated using a switch at the bottom of the mirror.

FRONT VIEW MONITOR (FVM) 1.6 GT Premium, 2.0GT-S, 2.0 STI Sport 

The FVM helps prevent collisions at intersections, or when parking close to walls or other objects. Images from a camera mounted at the front of the vehicle can be shown on the Multi- Function Display, to check for approaching vehicles, or pedestrians, at intersections with poor visibility; or other scenarios.

It helps the driver check for blind spots in front of the car, which can help avoid accidents occurring at intersections.

SUSPENSION

The Bilstein front and rear suspension in Levorg 1.6 GT Premium, 2.0 GT-S and 2.0 STI Sport is enhanced from the superseded model year for smoother ride comfort, while retaining sporty capabilities. Both the front and rear suspension configurations are changed for better flat ride comfort with minimal pitching.

The changes help absorb even the smallest bumps and subtle changes in the road surface, for superior ride comfort.

The result is a more consistent, comfortable ride in all situations.

Front suspension changes:

  • Front arm rubber bush plate
  • Spring constant of coils
  • Damping force
  • Rebound length

Rear suspension changes:

  • Spring constant of coils
  • Damping force
  • Rebound length
  • Diameter of rear stabilizers

AUTO VEHICLE HOLD (AVH)

Another debut feature for Subaru, AVH alleviates driver fatigue by holding the vehicle in position, even when releasing the brake pedal when stopped. This means drivers no longer have to keep their foot on the brake pedal in situations like traffic congestion, traffic lights or when stopped on hills.

Instead, Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) takes over, maintaining brake fluid pressure to keep the car in position.

STEERING RESPONSIVE HEADLIGHTS

Every Levorg now features, Steering Responsive Headlights, which operate with both high and low beam. The headlight beams move to match steering input when turning corners, or at intersections - improving night-time visibility. Headlight angle is calculated from steering angle and vehicle speed.

BRAKES

Newly developed brake pads in Levorg 2.0-litre variants are used with a high friction coefficient material. This material improves brake efficiency by approximately 20 per cent compared to the superseded pads - giving drivers control of immense braking power with minimal effort, to help improve braking performance.

LOAD CARRYING CONVENIENCE

A significant number of Levorg customers lead active lifestyles that involve skiing, surfing and other outdoor activities, so a greater number of seat configuration options are added to enhance rear seat and cargo space usability. Levorg is Subaru’s first model with a 40/20/40 split-fold rear seat. The new layout is particularly suited to loading long items. Even with two passengers seated in the rear, the centre seat can be folded, enabling equipment such as skis to be positioned from the cargo space. 

With three passengers and sizable cargo, the rear seat passenger can sit on either side of the car. As an additional safety measure, the Levorg is also the first Subaru to use oil dampers within the seats, limiting the speed at which seats fold, to prevent users from trapping their fingers.

The reclining function and one-touch folding function are retained too. The centre seat is designed so there is no step to the cargo space when folded down.

MULTI-FUNCTION DISPLAY (MFD)

The larger 5.9-inch MFD located in the centre dashboard offers a wide variety of information including:

  • Seatbelt warning for passengers
  • Automatic air conditioning operation status
  • Calendar, fuel economy screen, eco assessment screen, preventative safety, clock and outside temperature, self-check etc.

The display can be switched and various settings changed from both front passenger and driver’s seats.

COLOURS

  • Crystal White Pearl
  • Ice Silver Metallic
  • Dark Grey Metallic
  • Crystal Black Silica
  • Pure Red
  • Storm Grey Metallic – new
  • Lapis Blue Pearl
  • WR Blue – 2.0 STI Sport-only

LEVORG MY18 SPECIFICATIONS AT A GLANCE:

LEVORG 1.6 GT

SAFETY

  • ABS anti-lock brakes with four-wheel discs and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
  • Automatic Vehicle Hold 
  • Brake Assist
  • Child seat anchor points
  • Curtain airbags
  • Driver’s knee airbag
  • Dual front airbags
  • Dual side airbags
  • Dusk sensing LED steering responsive headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs)
  • EyeSight® Driver Assist System featuring:
  •      -Adaptive cruise control
  •      -Lane departure warning
  •      -Lane sway warning
  •      -Lead vehicle start alert
  •      -Pre-collision braking system
  •      -Pre-collision brake assist
  •      -Pre-collision throttle management
  •      -Pre-collision steering assist
  •      -Brake light recognition
  •      -Lane Keep Assist
  • Fog lights – front and rear
  • Four wheel disc brakes (ventilated)
  • Front seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters
  • Front adjustable seatbelt anchorage
  • Rear door child lock
  • Rear seatbelts with pretensioners
  • Reverse camera
  • Seatbelt indicator lights
  • Side intrusion bars
  • Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
  • Three-point A/ELR rear seatbelts
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control (electronic stability control system)
  • Welcome lighting

INTERIOR

  • 6.2-inch touch screen AM/FM radio, single in-dash CD, six speakers
  • AUX jack +USB port
  • Bluetooth audio streaming 
  • Bottle holders in each door + two cup holders in centre console and rear
  • Cargo area light
  • Central locking – remote
  • Climate control air conditioning – dual zone
  • Cloth trim
  • Driver’s footrest
  • Height and reach adjustable steering column
  • Height adjustable driver’s seat
  • Immobiliser security system
  • Leather trim steering wheel with audio controls; leather gearshift
  • Map lights (2)
  • Multi-Function Display (MFD) – 5.9 inches
  • Power steering, mirrors and windows
  • Privacy glass – rear
  • Push button start with smart key
  • Electroluminescent instrument cluster with Multi-Information Display
  • Seatback pockets
  • Subaru-branded front door sill panel
  • Two remote central locking keys
  • USB charger ports for rear passengers
  • Vanity mirrors - illuminated
  • 40/20/40 split/fold rear seat
  • 12V/120W power jacks

EXTERIOR

  • Double locking system
  • Electronic folding mirrors
  • Headlights auto off
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Rear diffuser
  • Rear cargo door spoiler
  • Rear LED brake lights
  • Rear roof mounted colour-coded shark fin radio antenna
  • Self-levelling automatic LED headlights with pop-up washers
  • Tail pipe covers
  • 17-inch alloy wheels – space saver spare

OTHER FEATURES

  • Auto lights and wipers
  • Auto Stop Start
  • DataDot security technology
  • Electronic Throttle Control (ETC)
  • One-touch indicators
  • Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-Drive)
  • 12-months Roadside Assist
  • Three-year unlimited kilometre warranty
  • 1.6 litre turbocharged engine. 125 kW/4800-5600 rpm, 250 Nm/1800-4800 rpm

LEVORG 1.6 GT PREMIUM ADDS:

  • Bilstein suspension
  • Black accents in headlights
  • Electric lumbar support (driver)
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front windscreen de-icer
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather trim with blue stitching
  • Power driver’s seat with dual memory function – 10-way adjustable, including lumbar
  • Factory fitted satellite navigation – 7.0-inch screen
  • Rear view mirror with auto glare function
  • Silver coloured mirrors
  • Smart Rearview Mirror
  • Sports front seats
  • Vision Assist Features
  •      -Side View Monitor
  •      -Blind Spot Detection
  •      -Lane Change Assist
  •      -Rear Cross Traffic Alerts
  •      -High Beam Assist
  •      -Front View Camera
  • 18-inch alloy wheels with gray accents – space saver spare
  • 2 x USB in lower centre dashboard

LEVORG 2.0 GT-S ADDS (does not include Auto Stop Start):

  • Sport # mode
  • 2.0 litre turbocharged engine. 197 kW/5600 rpm, 350 Nm/2400-5200 rpm
  • Black accents in wheels

LEVORG 2.0 STI SPORT (adds to 2.0 GT-S specification):

  • Exclusive maroon leather trimmed seats
  • Front bumper and grille unique to variant
  • Red stitching
  • STI exhaust tips
  • STI instrument cluster logo
  • STI side sill plates
  • STI steering wheel logo
  • STI tuned suspension
  • STI 18-inch alloy wheels
  • WR Blue colour option unique to variant

LEVORG MY 18 MANUFACTURER’S LIST PRICING*

  • Levorg 1.6 GT - $35,990
  • Levorg 1.6 GT Premium - $42,890
  • Levorg 2.0 GT-S - $49,140
  • Levorg 2.0 STI Sport - $51,990

*Prices are Subaru (Aust) Pty Limited’s Manufacturer’s List Prices only and include GST on the list price but exclude dealer delivery charges and all other government and statutory charges. For the drive away price of Subaru vehicles consumers should be advised to contact their local authorised Subaru dealer.

Major changes to Subaru’s performance twins, the All-Wheel Drive turbocharged WRX and WRX STI, are set to add more white-hot thrills for drivers of the brand’s long-established pocket rockets.

Mechanical and cosmetic changes will drive the owner experience to a new adrenaline-charged level as the “Rex” pair add to their rally-backed reputation.

Driving performance, the features list and quality are all big winners in Subaru’s heavily revised Model Year 2018 line-up, which despite all the extra kit, still has a starting price of $39,240 Manufacturer’s List Price (MLP)* for WRX manual.

WRX and WRX STI share multiple external and cabin changes to produce even more sporty presence, including a revised nose with more aggressive grille design.

Even greater attention to interior quality adds to the air of exclusivity, while introduction of EyeSight® Driver Assist in WRX automatic transmission variants, extends Subaru’s dominance in bringing the potentially accident-avoiding technology to the masses.

All automatic WRXs also add an electronic parking brake and Automatic Vehicle Hold – meaning the driver doesn’t have to keep their foot on the brake pedal in situations such as traffic lights and road congestion.

Subaru’s performance flagship model introduces a new range-topper – the WRX STI spec.R, featuring Recaro seats.

Among the new features on all WRX variants:

  • Jurid performance brake pads – for superior fade resistance
  • Red painted brake callipers (front-only in auto variants)
  • New design 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Fog lights upgraded to LED
  • Revised suspension
  • Electric lumbar support – WRX Premium and WRX STI Premium

Every WRX and WRX STI also adds:

  • Steering responsive LED headlights, with LED Daytime Running Lights
  • 5.9-inch Multi-Function Display – upgraded from 4.3-inch - wider with higher definition, making viewing and reading data easier
  • Greater practicality and convenience, with the introduction of roof carrier brackets

Also new in entry-level WRX are dusk sensing headlights and rain sensing windscreen wipers, which are already featured in WRX Premium. WRX Premium adds a 8-way power seat with dual memory and electric lumbar support for the driver’s seat - and heated driver and front passenger seat. 

WRX Premium with Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) adds the EyeSight® Assist Monitor, which displays warnings and status on the lower windscreen. 

WRX STI also adds new sports features including:

  • Yellow Brembo 6-pot front + 2-pot rear brake callipers
  • Cross-drilled brake rotors – for even greater braking performance
  • 19-inch alloy wheels - for greater agility, handling and tremendous performance – the first time the larger wheels have featured on WRX STI
  • New front bumper and grille
  • Red seatbelts
  • Revised suspension - optimized roll rigidity, suspension coils and shock absorbers, for both excellent control, stability, and flat ride comfort

New on entry-level WRX STI are heated door mirrors, while WRX STI Premium and WRX STI spec.R also add the Front View Camera. WRX STI Premium also gets a 8-waypower and electric lumbar support driver’s seat, while spec.R adds eight-way adjustable Recaro driver’s seat, designed for both excellent support and comfort.

Subaru Australia Managing Director, Colin Christie said: “Current generation WRX and WRX STI have truly taken on a life of their own in sales terms, harking back to the success they achieved in first generation back in the late 1990s.

“WRX fans recognise the amazing value these cars represent – and also engineering integrity – which sees these fantastic fun cars growing their audience more than 23 years after they launched in Australia, to create a cult following that is now well and truly mainstream. These comprehensive changes right across the range underline that fun, value, performance and safety can go hand-in-hand.”

As with the entire Subaru new car range, every WRX and WRX STI has an independent five-star rating for occupant safety.

EXTERIOR

The outside of both WRX and WRX STI offers a high-performance look, with an even more aggressive face. The revised design evokes a more powerful, precise driving style, befitting their sports sedan capabilities.

The design blends functional elegance honed in the motorsport arena - through events like the 24 Hours of Nürburgring - with a high-impact visual statement in line with high-performance, spirited driving.

Among the detail exterior changes:

More refined front end common to new generation Subarus

  • The front retains the classic Subaru hexagonal grille and C-shaped design elements for head lights, but is revamped with a more seamless look, for a sharper style, reinforcing distinctive Subaru design and helping boost on-road presence.

Powerful front bumper and fog light bezel design, for better performance

  • The blacked out opening in the lower grille is enlarged for a much more potent look. Its shape also helps promote cooling capability, while adding to the cars’ dynamic, low centre-of-gravity feel.
  • The functional design of the fog light bezels in WRX is enhanced to produce a more performance-oriented look.

Newly designed LED headlights for a sharper look

  • Steering Responsive LED headlights, in both high and low beam modes. The use of a single light point in the headlights gives the front a sharper, more intense appearance.
  • Indicator lights are moved inside the headlights, simplifying the fog light bezels, with the updated shape making the opening look larger. This produces a lower looking stance similar to a race car.

New 19-inch wheels on WRX STI and 18-inch wheels on WRX

  • Further accentuate the cars’ driving potential, with a racing car look. The 19-inch forged alloy wheels on WRX STI symbolize the car’s very essence and its exceptional handling capability. The spokes also provide glimpses of the impressive brakes - a show of its performance potential. Both wheel sizes provide excellent functionality with their lightweight, high-rigidity design, and serve to enhance the car’s performance driving enjoyment. The wheel surface is finished with dark gun-metal paint, producing an extra sporty look. The newly-designed 18-inch wheels on all WRX variants also feature straight spokes and dark gun metal paint to create an even sportier finish.

Roof carrier brackets

  • WRX and WRX STI also offer utility with the addition of the brackets, making attaching and removing roof carrier accessories - such as bike and canoe racks - much easier

FRONT BUMPER

The front bumper is revamped with a design that evokes a more powerful, precise driving style. A border around the lower grille is blacked out with a spun-dyed geometric texture and the opening enlarged.

This improves cooling capability and also emphasizes the car’s powerful, low centre of gravity look.

GRILLE

The hexagonal grille is changed and the frame painted black, producing a sharper, well-defined shape. A line running from both sides of the Subaru Constellation six-star emblem is added, with the horizontal theme flowing through to the headlights, highlighting the distinctive Subaru design.

INTERIOR

The upgraded interiors on both WRX and WRX STI produce a sportier, prestigious feel. The cabin design adds to driving excitement and makes the cars even more enjoyable to own, with a black colour scheme that creates a sportier mood.

Changes for Model Year 2018 are focused on creating an even more engaging interior design and raising quality, with more cohesive interior finish and a greater sense of performance potential.

Interior decorations with a rigid, shiny black finish are increased to provide a sportier, elegant feel. WRX STI adds even more exclusive special touches, including Recaro seats in WRX STI spec.R, with excellent support; and red seatbelts befitting the brand’s performance flagship.

The cabin areas updated to color-coded black (WRX STI: high gloss black, WRX: black molding) include:

  • Door switch panel 
  • Instrument panel centre
  • Gear shift surround panel
  • Steering centre bezel

RECARO FRONT SEATS (WRX STI spec.R)

The Recaro seats are designed for both excellent support and comfort.

The shape around the shoulder area is wide, for a greater contact area with the occupant, reducing the pressure that the body is subjected to from forces generated when turning - maintaining a better seating posture.

Use of high-density urethane foam in the backrest and cushion ensures excellent ride comfort. The seats are designed with exceptional collision safety, as well as a full range of practical features like power adjustment – a first for Recaros in Subarus - seat heaters and seatback pockets. 

The Recaros offer the highest level of protection against whiplash and other collision effects. In WRX Premium and WRX STI Premium, electric lumbar support is added to the specification list.

Subaru’s second generation XV All-Wheel Drive Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) combines style and substance to deliver a highly capable high-riding package, set to surpass already impressive sales success. Upper range XVs launch with two all-new features on Australian Subarus: Lane Keep Assist and Reverse Automatic Braking, underlining the brand’s five-star safety credentials.

Range-topping XV 2.0i-S also adds High Beam Assist. Every XV also features Active Torque Vectoring, helping the car turn better and improving response with steering and control. And with X-Mode across the range adding to the off-road fun factor, XV offers a strong, sassy presence on both tarmac and dirt.

As announced last month, XV sales have begun with a reduced entry-level price of $27,990* Manufacturer’s List Price (MLP), representing great value-for-money XV also offers a sporty and contrasting interior to match the energetic exterior design, including amazing connectivity via new generation infotainment units. 

XV follows the hugely successful new generation Impreza to become the second model underpinned by the widely acclaimed Subaru Global Platform, boosting dynamic performance plus on and off road capability. Subaru Australia Managing Director, Colin Christie, said: “XV arrives at a pivotal time for Subaru, with our sales growing to a whole new level. First generation XV continued Subaru’s remarkable track record in Australia of exploring niche markets with considerable success. Just like Outback and Forester before it, our small SUV has carved a hugely successful path that will only grow with the debut of the even more capable second generation XV.

“It has the ideal combination of style and substance that will drive it to the next level in the hearts of Australian buyers. Features like X-Mode show XV is no pretender in the small SUV stakes. Ride height and full-time All-Wheel Drive also distinguish XV from the pack and I think we’re safe in saying that its genuine SUV credentials are unmatched in its class on dirt roads and trails, while offering equally impressive ability around town as a fun-themed and stylish wagon.”

As with Subaru’s entire Australian new car range, XV maintains a top five-star rating for occupant safety from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).

Among the XV range highlights: 

XV 2.0i

  • New generation touchscreen infotainment system featuring:
  •      -Apple CarPlay™ connectivity
  •      -Google Android Auto™ connectivity
  • Subaru Global Platform
  • Active Torque Vectoring
  • Front fog lights with integrated Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 115 Kilowatts of power at 6000 rpm and 196 Newtonmetres of torque at 4000 rpm
  •      -Higher power output, up from 110 kW
  • 17-inch alloy wheels

XV 2.0i-L adds (to 2.0i specification):

  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Premium cloth trim
  • Dual zone fully automatic air conditioning
  • Electric folding mirrors with integrated indicators
  • EyeSight® driver assist, with new Lane Keep Assist feature
  • Leather accented trim steering wheel and gear shift

XV 2.0i Premium adds (to 2.0i-L specification):

  • Electric sunroof
  • Factory fitted SatNav powered by TomTom

XV 2.0i-S adds (to 2.0i Premium specification):

  • Automatic head lights
  • Automatic front wipers
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • High Beam Assist
  • Leather accented trim
  • Power driver’s seat
  • Steering responsive LED head lights with integrated DRLs
  • Vision Assist features:
  •      -Blind Spot Monitoring
  •      -Lane Change Assist
  •      -Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  •      -Reverse Automatic Braking – debut feature in Australia
  • 18-inch wheels – pattern unique to the variant 

X-Mode

XV’s X-Mode feature makes it easier for drivers to safely navigate bad roads, slippery surfaces and steep hills, with just one switch. X-Mode’s status is indicated visually on the Multi-Function Display (MFD) screen. When X-Mode is engaged, at 40 km/h or less, status information is displayed on the MFD and instrument cluster, including Hill Descent Control and Vehicle Dynamics Control.

X-Mode centralizes control of the engine, All-Wheel Drive, brakes and other critical components to help ensure safe driving even on poor surfaces. Hill Descent Control helps maintain a constant speed when the vehicle is travelling down hill. 

Key X-Mode Controls:

At 40 km/h or less:

  • Engine Control Unit (ECU) – in low load range, the throttle opens slowly to avoid sudden torque changes and improves drivability
  • Traction Control Unit (TCU) – AWD clutch pressure is increased by around 25 per cent, controlling differential rotation between front and rear wheels, improving traction
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) – Enhances Limited Slip Differential (LSD) Control. To improve traction on slippery road surfaces, it counteracts differential rotation between left and right wheels by accelerating brake boosting speed and delaying reduction of brake pressure when wheel rotation returns to normal.

At 20 km/h or less:

  • VDC also uses Hill Descent Control (HDC) to control brakes on steep hills, so vehicle speed can be maintained when neither accelerator or brake pedals are pressed. It improves safety by allowing the driver to focus on steering without operating the brakes. HDC is automatically activated if speed is increasing on a descent, resulting in constant speed. Control is based on speed data, not hill angle. Therefore a constant speed can be maintained when the vehicle begins a descent from the flat. HDC brake control allows the driver to focus on safe steering while leaving braking to the vehicle.

Two new cars have entered the Australasian market this week with 5 star ANCAP safety ratings - the Subaru XV and Holden Astra sedan.

“The Astra sedan and XV offer high levels of protection to occupants across a variety of crash scenarios including frontal, side and rear-end crashes,” said ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, James Goodwin. The Subaru XV achieved a ‘Good’ pedestrian protection rating and a ‘Good’ rating for whiplash protection. The 5 star ANCAP safety rating applies to all variants.

“Autonomous emergency braking, which can assist the driver by braking automatically in a critical situation, is offered as standard on the three higher XV variants however it is not available on the base variant.”

The pedestrian protection rating for the Astra sedan was ‘Acceptable’ and its whiplash rating was ‘Good’. Autonomous emergency braking (AEB) is not available on the Astra sedan.

“It is disappointing autonomous emergency braking is not available across the board on two new models and we continue to encourage consumers to ask for, and brands to offer, this potentially life-saving technology,” said Goodwin. “As our requirements become more stringent next year, it will not be possible for new models to achieve a 5 star ANCAP safety rating without an effective AEB system fitted as standard.”

Subaru’s new generation All-Wheel Drive XV* Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) has debuted in Geneva, showing off a sporty new style, advanced infotainment and technology that takes its crossover credentials to new heights. Underpinned by the same Subaru Global Platform (SGP) that has won acclaim in new Impreza, XV adds SUV ability with the introduction of X-MODE, to enhance rough road capability.

Subaru’s award-winning EyeSight® Driver Assist system also debuts on XV together with Rear Vehicle Detection, which offers blind spot detection, lane change assistance and reversing assistance, enhancing all-round preventive safety.

In line with Subaru’s range-wide five-star ratings for occupant safety, new XV also offers world-class collision safety and hazard avoidance performance, as well as far more driver-responsive handling and ride comfort, while enhancing the unique design and rough road capability.

XV’s compact exterior – yet spacious interior - offers versatility in both urban and rural environments. Introduction of the SGP significantly enhances strength, body and chassis rigidity, while benefiting safety, ride comfort, and agility. Exterior and interior finish are also greatly enhanced, with new design alloy wheels among the many features that embody XV’s sporty, casual and rugged character.

MAIN FEATURES OF NEW XV (EUROPEAN SPECIFICATION)

EXTERIOR 

The signature sporty Subaru look is seen in XV’s wide and low stance, which incorporates the classic hexagonal grille and hawk-eye headlight design. Matte black cladding on the front bumper, wheel arches and side sills expresses both SUV functionality and rugged character. The character line extending the length of XV gives dynamism to the body surface. 

The rear combination lights share the same motif as the headlights, while the powerful looking shoulder silhouette enhances the sporty impression, together with the black roof spoiler and matte-black cladding on the rear bumper. XV also combines the Subaru performance essentials of superior aerodynamics and visibility, with advanced styling. New design alloy wheels embody XV’s sporty, casual and rugged character. New exterior colours are the vivid and solid “Cool Gray Khaki” and “Sunshine Orange”. Matched with the matte-black cladding, they highlight XV’s active and functional image.

INTERIOR 

The combination of sporty and advanced design, and sophisticated construction, delivers an interior far surpassing XV’s class. The spacious design flows from the instrument panel through the door trim, for a feeling of refinement. The seat structures are made to better fit occupants, while the option of gray seats enhances XV’s active character. 

In the centre of the instrument panel is an 8.0-inch touch-screen display for the infotainment system, which can connect with smartphones. Detailed orange stitching on the instrument panel complements the quality feel, while expressing the model’s active character. In addition to the enhanced interior design, signature Subaru functionalities are further strengthened, including excellent all-round visibility, spacious cabin and cargo area. 

A newly designed steering wheel offers better drivability and quick steering feel.

DRIVING PERFORMANCE TO ACHIEVE ENHANCED DYNAMIC FEEL AND EXCELLENT ROUGH ROAD CAPABILITY 

New XV incorporates multiple improvements to achieve enhanced dynamic feel for the driver. Based on thorough and precise analysis of steering and pedal feedback, vehicle behaviour, vibration and noise - and other elements that drivers sense – XV achieves dynamic quality beyond its class. Rough road capability is also enhanced.

BODY AND CHASSIS 

The new platform dramatically increases rigidity throughout the body and chassis (a 70 per cent to 100 per cent increase over present XV) and incorporates substantial improvements to the suspension system, while achieving a lower centre of gravity and highly responsive steering. Eradication of unnecessary handling movement offers superior straight-line stability and cornering performance, gripping the road surface while maintaining 220mm of ground clearance.

Optimised frame structure and stronger joints between parts allow the new platform to improve overall torsional rigidity by 70 per cent. This distributes resonance and distortion throughout the body, greatly reducing vibrations from the steering wheel, floor, and seats - achieving superior noise suppression. 

The new platform increases suspension mounting rigidity, improving absorption without warping the body, and providing a smooth and comfortable drive. By mounting the rear stabilizer directly to the body, the new platform reduces body roll by 50 per cent. Steering gear ratio is modified from 14:1 to 13:1, offering superior drivability. 

Active Torque Vectoring enhances turning and steering performance. An electronic parking brake is added for more convenience.

AWD CONTROL

In addition to Subaru’s unique Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system, new XV is equipped with X-MODE, capable of enhancing driving performance on poor roads through optimized integrated control of engine, AWD, braking, and other functions on slippery surfaces. The hill descent control setting gives drivers greater peace-of-mind by maintaining low speeds on downhill slopes.

ENGINE

The majority of parts on XV’s FB 2.0-litre direct-injection Boxer engine are completely revamped, making it lighter - delivering more power and fuel efficiency. The improved Lineartronic™ Continuously Variable Transmission greatly enhances ratio coverage and weight, boosting acceleration performance and economy. As well as employing full auto-step shift control, XV features a seven-speed manual mode function, allowing the driver to accelerate as desired. 

Noise and vibration are greatly reduced in both the engine and transmission, for more pleasant driving and dynamic feel.

WORLD-CLASS SAFETY

Subaru safety performance is highly rated by third-party organizations and new XV adopts technologies to further enhance safety, including the new platform and advanced preventive systems. 

ACTIVE SAFETY

The new platform achieves a centre of gravity 5 mm lower than current XV. Together with major improvements in rigidity and evolution of the suspension system, the lower centre of gravity offers outstanding hazard avoidance capabilities on a level with a high-performance sports car.

PASSIVE SAFETY

Thanks to a frame structure that enables more efficient energy absorption in the event of collision - and the enhanced body strength resulting from the increased use of high-tensile steel plates including materials formed by the hot press method - impact energy absorption is improved by 40 per cent.

PREVENTIVE SAFETY

EyeSight, Subaru’s innovative and highly acclaimed driver assist technology, delivers extremely reliable preventive safety and reduces driver burdens through features such as Pre-Collision Braking Control, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Lane Keep Assist.

The new High Beam Assist uses a monocular camera, automatically switching from high to low beam according to what is happening ahead of the vehicle. Steering Responsive Headlights move the beam right or left when turning, illuminating the direction of travel. XV employs the two headlight controls for the first time, dramatically improving night-time visibility and the recognition capabilities of EyeSight.

Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection is newly employed, offering blind spot detection, lane change assistance and reversing assistance to enhance all-round preventive safety.

MAIN SPECIFICATIONS OF THE ALL-NEW SUBARU XV (EUROPEAN SPECS.)

Body size
(Overall length/width/ height)

4465 x 1800 x 1615 mm

Wheelbase 2665 mm
Minimum ground clearance 220 mm
Engine FB20 type 2.0-litre, DOHC, Horizontally-Opposed, 4-cylinder, Direct injection, NA
Displacement 1995cc
Bore, Stroke 84 x 90 mm
Maximum output 115 kW
Maximum torque 196 Nm
Transmission Lineartronic
Drivetrain Symmetrical AWD
Tyre size 225/55 R18
Seating capacity 5

*All content refers to European specification. Australian specification will be released in mid-2017.

Following its triumphant return to rallying in 2016, Subaru has confirmed its commitment to the domestic competition, with the Subaru do Motorsport team ready to go in the CAMS 2017 Australian Rally Championship (ARC).

The championship-winning duo of Molly Taylor and co-driver Bill Hayes will again campaign an All-Wheel Drive WRX STI in 2017 - but in the Production Rally Car (PRC) class, which allows less technical restrictions than the Group N Class pursued in 2016.

The team's new car is being prepared by Launceston-based Les Walkden Rallying (LWR) and will compete in the expanded six round series that begins next month with the Eureka Rally, in Ballarat, Victoria (March 17-19). Subaru Australia Managing Director, Colin Christie, said: "After the excitement and achievement of 2016, we're keen to take up where we left off.

"Molly is a great Ambassador for Subaru and we're humbled by the amount of attention she's gained, especially with the young audience, where she's an inspirational role model and has attracted attention way beyond the core rally audience. By going to the PRC class we can give Molly and Bill a little more leeway in the new car's performance, while retaining the essential Subaru WRX STI ingredients of turbocharged Boxer engine and All-Wheel Drive.

"From what we hear, the competition may well be more intense this year, so we want to give the team every opportunity to repeat their success – which means it'll be an even more exciting championship for rally fans!"

Molly said: "The excitement of our championship win still hasn't subsided, but I've certainly learned and grown as a driver a huge amount over the past year.

"Having a year under my belt as a factory team driver has taught me a lot more about focusing, which has really helped me improve. It's a very motivating environment working with LWR and Subaru. Together, we're very much invested in winning. One of my key learnings from last year is the importance of the 'one per centers', keeping that attention to detail and improving every area, no matter how small, so that we're always in the best possible position."

Last November, Taylor became the first female – and youngest - winner of the ARC after the tightest title tussle in 25 years. Hayes took out the co-drivers title too, making it a dual celebration.

The championship win made it 11 ARC titles for Subaru. The brand previously achieved an unbroken run from 1996 to 2005 – a benchmark that remains unbeaten - before it withdrew from domestic rallying, only re-emerging in 2016 year under the Subaru do Motorsport banner, to again take top honours.

CAMS AUSTRALIAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP® CALENDAR 2017

Round 1: Eureka Rally, Victoria – March 17-19
Round 2: Make Smoking History Forest Rally, Western Australia – April 21-23
Round 3: International Rally of Queensland – May 26-28
Round 4: Light Force Rally, South Australia – September 15-17
Round 5: National Capital Rally, ACT – October 13-15
Round 6: Kennards Hire Rally Australia, NSW – November 16-19

Subaru Australia has announced cost-saving extended service intervals for its sophisticated new generation All-Wheel Drive Impreza, and Manufacturer’s List Pricing* from $22,400, making the new technology package ultra competitive in the small car sector.

On sale now and with first customer deliveries due in December, Impreza is the first of Subaru’s future models to be built on the innovative Subaru Global Platform, which offers huge advances in dynamics, efficiency and safety. Available exclusively with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) Impreza 2.0i sedan will be priced from $22,400 MLP – the same as the superseded model, but with considerable upgrades to specification.

Under the new Impreza Capped Price Service Program (CPS), Impreza service intervals extend to 12,500 kilometres/12 months, compared to 12,500 km/six months for the superseded model.  In the first three years of the CPS, the total cost of servicing new generation Impreza is $1298.19 – representing a significant saving of $918.86 compared to the superseded model. Subaru Australia Managing Director, Colin Christie, said: “With 95 per cent of Impreza being all new, it’s given us the opportunity to look at new service offerings that represent real savings for owners.

“The Impreza pricing scale is also impressive, especially considering the added specification right across the range. The pricing advantage becomes even more significant in upper spec Imprezas, with new features such as EyeSight® driver assist and Vision Assist technology making our small car big on value.” 

Christie confirmed there will be four Impreza variants in the range, available in both hatch and sedan, adding a comprehensive list of new features including:

Impreza 2.0i

  • New generation touchscreen infotainment system featuring:
  •      -Apple Carplay™
  •      -Google Android Auto™
  • Subaru Global Platform
  • 115 Kilowatts of power at 6000 rpm and 196 Newtonmetres of torque at 4000 rpm
  •      -Higher power output, up from 110 kW
  • 17-inch alloy wheels

Impreza 2.0L adds (to 2.0i specification):

  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Premium Cloth trim
  • Dual zone fully automatic air conditioning
  • Electric folding mirrors with integrated indicators
  • EyeSight driver assist
  • Front fog lights with integrated Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • Leather trim steering wheel and gear shift
  • Upgraded Multi-Function Display

Impreza 2.0P adds (to 2.0L specification):

  • Electric sunroof
  • Factory fitted SatNav

Impreza 2.0S adds (to 2.0P specification):

  • Active Torque Vectoring
  • Automatic head lights
  • Automatic front wipers
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather trim
  • Power driver’s seat
  • Side skirts
  • Steering responsive LED head lights with integrated DRLs
  • Vision Assist features:
  •      -Blind Spot Monitoring
  •      -Lane Change Assist
  •      -Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • 18-inch wheel – pattern unique to the variant
Impreza MY17 Manufacturer's List Price*
  Sedan Hatch
2.0i $22,400 $22,600
2.0L $24,490 $24,690
2.0P $26,290 $26,490
2.0S $28,990 $29,190

Christie said with EyeSight now being featured in 49 per cent of Subaru sales year-to-date (to end of September), uptake of the innovative driver assist safety system in new Impreza would push the tally to well over half of all Subaru sales in 2017 – likely the greatest volume of any brand for such technology.

“With significant incremental value, servicing intervals and potential insurance premium reductions for EyeSight-equipped Imprezas, our small car offering makes a more compelling package than ever before – especially when combined with the fun driving that is at the heart of this new model,” added Christie.

*Prices are Subaru (Aust) Pty Limited’s Manufacturer’s List Prices only and include GST on the list price but exclude dealer delivery charges and all other government and statutory charges. For the drive away price of Subaru vehicles consumers should be advised to contact their local authorized Subaru dealer.

Subaru’s multi award-winning BRZ sports coupe is again turning heads with a long list of technical and cosmetic changes that are set to enhance its reputation as the affordable fun favourite for driving enthusiasts.

A substantial suite of upgrades – including more power and torque for manual transmission variants (from 147 Kilowatts to 152 kW and from 205 Newtonmetres to 212 Nm), revised suspension tuning, as well as a distinctive facelift - are set to highlight BRZ’s formidable appeal when it launches in November.

MY17 BRZ highlights include:

  • New LED head lights and tail lights
  • Significant engine refinements in manual transmission models
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control TRACK mode
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Wider and lower look from new bumper design
  • New 17-inch alloy wheel design
  • Full auto air-conditioning
  • New steering wheel
  • Upgraded infotainment
  • Enhanced instrument gauges
  • Cabin upgrades, including red stitching and BRZ-embossed front seats (option)

Pricing will be announced closer to launch.

Subaru Australia Managing Director, Nick Senior, said: “BRZ was a runaway success when it launched in 2012 and the latest list of new features will add fresh appeal to a car that has gained an iconic reputation among motoring enthusiasts and sports car purists seeking something that feels intrinsically connected to the road. With good reason BRZ has gained global accolades over the past four years and the long list of upgrades for 2017 will only bring more fun to the many fans that have made it a must-have among true drivers."

As with the entire Subaru new car range, MY17 BRZ shares a five-star rating for occupant safety from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).

BRZ MY17 Engine Specifications

Type
Cylinders
Displacement
Bore x stroke
Compression ratio
Cam-train system
Fuel system
Maximum power

Maximum torque

Horizontally opposed, naturally aspirated
Four
1998 cc
86 x 86
12.5
DOHC
D-4S Injection
Auto:147 kW/7000 rpm
Man: 152 kW/7000 rpm
Auto: 205 Nm/6400-6600 rpm
Man: 212 Nm/6400-6800 rpm

Transmission – NA six-speed manual/six-speed automatic

First

3.626/3.538

Second

2.188/2.060

Third

1.541/1.404

Fourth

1.213/1.000

Fifth

1.000/0.713

Sixth

0.767/0.582

Reverse

3.437/3.168

Final reduction

4.300/4.100

Exterior dimensions and weight

Overall length mm

4240

Overall width mm

1775

Overall height mm

1320

Wheelbase mm

2570

Tread – front mm

1520

Tread – rear mm

1540

Minimum ground clearance mm

130

Kerb weight kg:

BRZ manual
BRZ automatic

1282
1304

Fuel

Fuel consumption (L/100km) combined:
BRZ manual
BRZ automatic


8.4
7.1

Carbon dioxide (g/km - combined cycle):

BRZ manual
BRZ automatic

194
164

Fuel tank capacity

50 litres

Minimum fuel requirement:

98 RON

Steering, brakes, tyres & towing

Steering

Rack and pinion assist type electric power

Turning circle (metres)

10.8

Turning radius (metres)

5.4

Suspension:

Front
Rear

MacPherson independent strut-type
Independent double wishbone

0-100 km/h – secs (manual/auto)

7.4/8.2

Brakes (mm):

Front
Rear

Vacuum assisted ventilated discs - 294 
Vacuum assisted ventilated discs - 290

Tyres:

215/45R17 Michelin Primacy HP

Rim:

17-inch alloy (17 x 7J)