Subaru reveals XV e-Boxer 21 | 01 | 2020

    SUBARU’S POPULAR COMPACT crossover XV 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. It’s on-sale now at dealerships priced from £30,995. (Related: Colin McRae — A Memory of 2007)

    XV e-Boxer combines a 2.0 direct injection horizontally opposed petrol engine with an electric motor. A lithium-ion battery unit 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 design is arranged in a symmetrical layout (the heavy motor is placed near the vehicle's centre of gravity and the battery is positioned above the rear axle) which plants the car on the road giving noticeable handling improvements and maintaining Subaru’s unique balanced weight distribution. The powerplant also offers a seamless transition between EV and Engine driving.


    Built with 220mm of ground clearance, permanent Symmetrical All Wheel Drive as standard and X-Mode to tackle the most extreme weather and road conditions, XV e-Boxer combines impressive traction with a 1270kg towing capacity.

    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 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.


    Externally the XV e-Boxer gets a new front grille design with active grille shutter; plus the new low-profile roof rails have an aerodynamic design. There’s also 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 new model also gets Keyless Entry and Push Button Start System, LED headlights equipped with high beam assist, privacy glass on the rear windows and 18in alloys standard across the range.


    There’s also an intuitive 8in multifunction colour touchscreen which incorporates 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 if they wish to add leather seats, 8-way power adjustable driver seat, satellite navigation and sunroof.

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    Jim McGill


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