It may not have been the best idea to to drive up to Baguio on the Panagbenga’s highlight weekend, but Motor Image Pilipinas certainly made it infinitely more interesting by providing its limited edition Subaru XV Crosstrek. With its two-tone, black/silver wrap around body kit, the look is bolder, with underspoilers highlighting the vehicle’s front and rear angles. The XV Crosstrek looks solid and stable, the sideskirts allow it to look lower, while maintaining the hefty 220-millimeter ground clearance. An “XV Crosstrek” trunk emblem identifies the model.Its enhanced exterior styling evokes the crossover’s capability and spirit of adventure, enough to give a positive spin to the heavy traffic of NLEX expansions and road rehab projects along the way.
Powered by a 2.0l gasoline engine, the Subaru XV Crosstrek was as reliable on the northern drive as the 2.0i it’s based on, providing a smooth ride, although it tended to lag during acceleration. Handling was fairly responsive and the vehicle felt stable, and safe, even at high speeds. And why not, the Subaru XV Crosstrek, comes with a full suite of passive and active safety features: Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) with Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), stability and traction control (VDC), ISOFIX child seat anchors, and seven airbags.
One can’t miss a whole slew of other convenience features: Smart Entry push-button start/stop, leather seats, a touchscreen audio system with USB, Bluetooth, voice recognition, and a rear parking camera.
That’s great value for a mainstream Japanese crossover model, priced at just P 1,318,000.