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The 2018 Subaru XV is Here

Published:Sunday | September 24, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Daniella Grant of University College Ambassadors being shown the new Subaru XV by sales executive Nicholas Thomas.
All-New 2018 Subaru XV
Jeffrey Panton, managing director, talks with Dr Lambert Innis, five-time Subaru owner.
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Jamaica's oldest car dealership, Kingston Industrial Garage (KIG), has pulled the wrappers off the all new 2018 Subaru XV. This is just a short time after the mid-summer early launch in Japan, Europe, and Australia.

The cavernous KIG showroom was converted to a grand stage with four segments, one having a roll-away screen that hid a gem of a gun-metal grey 'high-spec' trim level of the XV.

KIG boasts that it is the bestselling Subaru and ranks first in its segment. For the 2018 model, one can't argue with that. The designers of the XV added a few curves to smooth out the usually hard Subaru lines, and despite the SUV ride height, the tapering rooflines add a sleek touch. That said, you will love the rugged front fascia and a more aggressive stance, which makes a statement.

Getting in and out of the Subaru XV is easy, thanks to the hip-height position of the seats. The well-laid-out cockpit has a wrap-around feel to it, with an uncomplicated layout and easy-to-use gadgets.

There are three trim levels, and the real difference comes mostly from the creature comforts. The base model starts out with the same 2.0i flat-four engine available to all models. Then there is:

- New-generation touchscreen infotainment system featuring:

- Apple CarPlay connectivity

- Google Android Auto(tm) connectivity

- Subaru Global Platform that promises even better handling and improves on the much-talked-about body rigidity

- Active torque vectoring

- Front fog lights

- Tyre pressure monitoring system

- 115 Kilowatts of power at 6000rpm and 196Nm of torque at 4000rpm

- 17-inch alloy wheels

For the mid-level trim, add:

- 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

Finally, for the high-level trim, add:

- Sunroof

- Automatic headlights

- Automatic front wipers

- High-beam assist

- Leather-accented trim

- Power driver's seat

- Steering responsive LED headlights with integrated DRLs

- Vision-assist features:

- Blind spot monitoring

- Lane change assist

- Rear cross traffic alert

- Reverse automatic braking

- 18-inch wheels

The truth is, you will have a problem going through the dizzying array of choices offered by each trim level. Consultant anaesthetist and head of the department of intensive care at the Bustamante Hospital for Children, Dr Lambert Ennis, was at the launch. He was literally jumping up and down like an excited 16-year-old when he spoke of his long association with Subaru.

 

OWNS FIVE SUBARUS

 

"I own five Subarus, and I haven't sold any yet. They've all been passed down to the children. The XV will be the sixth, and I don't know what I'm going to do with this one," he said.

The Subaru XV comes with a Lineartronic CVT gearbox that has an extended gear-ratio range with lower first gear for improved acceleration on takeoff and a higher overdrive top gear for improved fuel efficiency when cruising. There's a six-speed manual mode, too, operated by paddles for loads of fun.

KIG is not giving the numbers, but the showroom has been busy, with many grabbing at their favourite price point. Base model starts at $4.795 million. The mid-level trim comes at $5.14. million, and the high-level trim will draw $5.6 million out of your wallet. They are available now and waiting for you.

neville.graham@gleanerjm.com