New 2018 Subaru XV due in Australia mid-2017

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The 2018 XV Subaru, pictured above, is going to be formally announced at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show on the 7th March 2017, and is reportedly going to be available in the Australian market mid-2017.

The 2018 XV is most likely going to be powered by the new 2.0 litre 115kW/152hp boxer engine that powers the current recently released Impreza. This engine is only slightly more powerful (by 5kW/6.8hp) than the 2.0 litre engine in the current model XV.

At this stage there is no hint from Subaru if they plan to put a baby turbo in the new XV. A small turbo for the XV has been rumoured on and off since early 2016 due to the relative low performance provided by the old engine when compared to competitors from Hyundai, Kia, VW, and Audi. However, at this time Subaru themselves have never suggested that they were considering adding a small turbo into the XV.

While no specifications have been provided by Subaru about the 2018 XV yet you will find articles on the Web suggesting that this latest XV is lighter than the current model (partially due to the all new frame) and that there are gearbox performance tweaks in the CVT model. If this is true then Subaru might be of the opinion that the combination of these along with the additional 5kW from the new injected engine is enough without adding a small turbo. It remains to be seen.

Watch this blog for updates as I find them.