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Remember the Subaru XV GT Edition? It’s available now

There’s a P50,000 increase from the original price announced

Any version of the XV will always look good in orange. PHOTO FROM SUBARU

Back in April, Motor Image Pilipinas teased visitors of the 2019 Manila International Auto Show with an interesting car called the Subaru XV GT Edition. Essentially a spruced-up XV crossover with special features, this version has been given the bodykit treatment by former Subaru chief designer Masahiko Kobayashi, with the aero kit parts manufactured by Giken Co. Ltd.

Well, the distributor has just announced that the vehicle is now officially available for sale at authorized Subaru showrooms. The price? P1,768,000, which is P50,000 higher than the P1,718,000 figure floated during MIAS 2019. To be fair, MIP is honoring its word by selling the XV GT to early buyers at the originally quoted price tag. The press statement sent to us says this introductory offer applies to “the first batch of releases.”

The added roof spoiler enhances the XV GT Edition’s appearance from the back. Functional, too. PHOTOS FROM SUBARU

Outside, the XV GT flaunts a front bumper lip extension with integrated canards, side skirts, a roof spoiler, a rear bumper extension, and 18-inch bespoke alloy wheels (whose design we think looks funny).

It seems more and more cars are being equipped with side-view cameras. Good for road safety. PHOTOS FROM SUBARU

Inside, the car gets a dual side-view monitor system and special leather seat upholstery “inspired by high-performance grand tourers from Europe.”

The backrests and the headrests look sporty here. PHOTO FROM SUBARU

If you fancy this crossover, we suggest you act now to ensure you avail of the introductory price. After all, P50,000 will go a long way toward filling your fuel tank for many months to come.

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist since July 1995. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.