I’ve always thought the Subaru XV’s cabin was a bit too shouty for the general population. The younger car buying crowd might be drawn to it like flies on a steak but I can’t imagine the over-40-year-old age group to be as enthusiastic.

But with Subaru’s new GT Edition XV, they’ve somehow managed to make it look uncompromisingly sportier, with a hint of maturity in its interior design.

That’s cause it now comes with a two-tone leather upholstery, inspired by high performance grand tourers from Germany and Great Britain, as opposed to the black, grey and orange combo in the standard models.

It’s got it’s own disctinctive floor mats too, along with a dual side view monitor system that distinguishes itself from the standard model.

The special edition model also takes the Subaru XV’s already sporty exterior to another level with a front bumper with lip extensions and integrated canards, side skirts, roof spoiler and a rear bumper extension. Blending in with the new kit is a set of 17-inch bespoke alloy wheels.

The special edition model is a collaboration between Giken Co. Ltd., renowned engineering company known for their supply of aero parts among others, and Mr. Masahiko “Jack” Kobayashi, an independent designer who formerly held the role of Chief Designer at Subaru Corporation and was responsible for penning the WRX STI models of old.

“The Subaru XV GT Edition is exclusively designed for Asia. Giken and Kobayashi-san share our enthusiasm for design and creating fun and exciting products. The response in Thailand and the Philippines was very encouraging, having injected excitement in those markets, I hope our Malaysian customers will be delighted by the new Subaru XV GT Edition.” said Mr Glenn Tan, Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of Tan Chong International Ltd.

Power remains unchanged with a 2.0 litre four-cylinder boxer engine with 156 hp and 196 Nm powering all four wheels via a Lineartronic CVT gearbox and the impeccable Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system.


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