Here’s the Subaru XV GT Edition, exclusively designed for Asia

TC Subaru Sdn Bhd, the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles in Malaysia has launched the new Subaru XV GT Edition.

The special edition of the highly popular crossover vehicle is a ground-breaking collaboration with renowned engineering company Giken Co Ltd and Masahiko “Jack” Kobayashi.

Kobayashi was the former chief designer at Subaru Corporation and responsible for the exterior design of more than 12 Subaru production models, including the legendary WRX STI.

The special edition XV aero kit has four well-made integrated elements, which give the already sporty XV a sleeker and even sportier look:

  1. Front bumper lip extension with integrated canards
  2. Side skirts
  3. Roof spoiler
  4. Rear bumper extension

These are complemented by a set of 17-inch bespoke alloy wheels. It also boasts its own carpets and seat-leather design inspired by the cabins of high-performance grand tourers from Germany and Britain.

Completing the equipment package of the Subaru XV GT Edition is a dual side view monitoring system, enabling drivers to park and manoeuvre with ease.

The kit combines Motor Image’s in-depth understanding of the market, Kobayashi’s expertise, Giken’s experience and Japan-standard production capability in Southeast Asia.

“The Subaru XV GT Edition is exclusively designed for Asia. Giken and Kobayashi share our enthusiasm for design and creating fun and exciting products. The response in Thailand and the Philippines is very encouraging.

“Having injected excitement in those markets, I hope our Malaysian customers will be delighted by the new Subaru XV GT Edition.” said Glenn Tan, Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of Tan Chong International Ltd.

The Subaru XV GT Edition was named “Most Exciting New Product” at the Bangkok International Motor Show in March.

Kobayashi originally trained and practised as a fashion designer in Tokyo before graduating with a degree in Transportation Design.

In his 25-year career with Subaru, he was known as the “hit maker”, after designing numerous successful models.

These include the original Outback, which was the world’s first sports-utility wagon, several generations of the Legacy and Impreza, the current WRX and WRX STI sports saloons, the Levorg sports tourer and the first-generation XV.

He is now an independent designer.

Giken is an award-winning engineering company founded in 1964. Holding numerous patents in Japan, South Korea and the United States, it has established itself as an industry leader in the design and manufacture of technology and material handling systems.

Giken is a global supplier of aero-parts and passenger car components to Subaru and other major Japanese car brands.

Catch the Subaru XV GT Edition at all Subaru showrooms in Malaysia from May 16.

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