Subaru XV: facelift will see the model hit 10 years in production

The second-generation Subaru XV’s facelift will see the model reach a decade of production in 2022. It has design and specification updates.

Subaru XV: facelift will see the model hit 10 years in production

Four years after it was introduced to the South African market, the second-generation Subaru XV has finally been updated.  Its looks have definitely been refreshed, but there’s also a noticeable bump in the specification that you can’t spot from the outside.

The most obvious revision is that there are two new colours for the Subaru XV that replace older variants. Subaru’s sunshine orange and quartz blue pearl have been given the boot in favour of plasma yellow pearl and horizon blue pearl.

Look a little closer and you’ll also notice that the grill has been enhanced with added trim and more detailing about the fog lamps, and there are also new 17- and 18-inch allow wheel options.

Read: The XV’s big brother, the Outback was also launched recently

Powertrain the same, but XV also has SI-Drive

Subaru’s tried-and-tested normally aspirated 2.0-litre flat-four does service under the XV bonnet. Its 115 kW and 196 N.m of torque are sent to all four corners via a continuously variable transmission with a seven-step manual function and Subaru’s famed symmetrical all-wheel drive.

Although nobody really expects the XV to be the most dynamic crossover, its on-road agility has been boosted by way of revised spring rates for quicker steering response and the addition of Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-Drive). The SI-Drive allows the driver to switch between pre-mapped ECU modes that tell the engine and transmission how to respond to throttle inputs, like more response in S for sport and more fuel efficiency in I for intelligent.

All the bells and whistles

The big news is the addition of a front view monitor, with a camera integrated into the grille to make it easier for drivers to edge closer into parking bays or even to judge off-road conditions. The monitor joins other Subaru Vision Assist technologies like blind spot monitor, land change assist and rear cross traffic alert.

Infotainment is taken care of by an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with voice command function and four USB ports for connectivity front and rear. The update also sees the addition of a memory function for the driver’s seat.

“These updates to the XV compact SUV enhance what was already a highly competent vehicle. Now safer, more comfortable and with added tech and colours, the XV truly embodies the themes of fun and adventure.”

Nteo Nkuli, marketing specialist at Subaru Southern Africa.


  • Subaru XV 2.0i CVT – R445 000
  • Subaru XV 2.0i-S ES – R509 000
The driver’s seat now has a memory function. Image: supplied
New colours and wheel options distinguish the XV from its predecessor. Image: supplied
The front view monitor will help you parallel park. Image: supplied.
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Cash-in-transit heist: CIT robbery ‘in planning stages’ foiled by SAPS

A man and his wife were arrested after allegedly plotting a cash-in-transit heist, with three hijacked vehicles found at their home.

Cash-in-transit heist: CIT robbery ‘in planning stages’ foiled by SAPS

Police in Johannesburg believe that they have managed to foil a cash-in-transit (CIT) heist before it even took place, with two people arrested after a raid on their Marikana home led to the discovery of three hijacked vehicles and a plot to stage an audacious robbery. 

Cash-in-transit heists have been a frequent scourge on communities across the country in recent years, and luckily a cool, calm and collected driver like Leo Prinsloo wasn’t required to fend off the attackers this time.

Crime stoppers descend on Gauteng home

South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Captain Lloyd Ramovha said in a statement on Tuesday 11 May that the raid was conducted by the Rustenburg Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation team, who were assisted by the Special Task Force, Crime Intelligence, Johannesburg Metro Police and Gauteng Flying Squad. 

He said that these teams followed up on information of the possible cash-in-transit robbery that was “still at a planning stage”.

“The team descended at a house in Teme section, Marikana on the afternoon of Monday, 10 May 2021. Three vehicles, two Audis and a Jeep that were confirmed as hijacked earlier this year in Douglasdale and Wierdabrug policing precincts respectively were recovered,” he said. 

Man and woman arrested for cash-in-transit plot  

The owner of the house and his wife were immediately arrested for possession of stolen property and conspiracy to commit crime, with the investigating officers concluding that the vehicles were set to be used in an upcoming robbery. 

“Investigation revealed that the recovered vehicles were allegedly brought to the house which was assigned to be used as a safe house once the robbery has taken place. Further details of other implicated suspects are being followed up and they should be arrested soon,” said Ramovha. 

The arrested suspects aged 41 and 29-years-old are expected to appear in the Tlhabane Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday 12 May.

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