Subaru breaks out XV concept vehicle at Shanghai show

Subaru breaks out XV concept vehicle at Shanghai show

For any Subaru fans out there wanting a glimpse of the future for their favoured brand – here’s the new XV Concept. The covers have just been pulled off this latest crossover concept at the Auto Shanghai 2011 motor show.

What exactly is it? It’s a compact crossover vehicle based on the same platform as the upcoming 2012 Subaru Impreza. Keen enthusiasts will already know that a high-riding Impreza XV variant already sells in some markets globally.

Features of the concept vehicle’s design include popped out wheel arches, full length glass roof, integrated roof rails and lower body cladding – all features that suggest a focus on practicality and off road ability. Flashing it up is Subaru’s latest hexagonal grille, hawk-eye headlights, 19-inch light alloy rims with clear blue centre caps and a matte ‘Electro Yellowgreen’ finish.

No surprises under the XV’s bonnet with Subaru’s 2.0-litre horizontally opposed Boxer engine turning all four wheels through a symmetrical AWD system. Power is shifted through a CVT transmission.

In the cabin, light leather treatment contrasts with the darker tones of other cabin features. There’s a large touch panel multi-function display in the center console for easy navigation and audio control while displaying vehicle information.

Wallis Dumper, GM at Subaru New Zealand, said: “XV Concept clearly flags Subaru’s intentions to capture even more of the crossover market in the future and this stunning new design no doubt provides some clues as to what we may expect.”

“Sub-Compact SUVs are a growing opportunity and XV Concept is the type of vehicle that will attract even more customers. Don’t forget Subaru basically ‘invented’ this SUV type of car when they created the larger Outback, back in 1995.  XV concept simply reveals their continued innovative design and thinking.”

At this stage there is no indication that the XV concept will enter production but expect it to provide clues to Subaru’s future styling direction.

Do you think it’s pretty choice or a bit of a dud? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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