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Subaru XV Concept (2011) first official pictures

Tue, 19 Apr 2011

This is the Subaru XV crossover concept, unveiled today at the 2011 Shanghai motor show.

The Subaru XV is definitely not an SUV, is it?

No, the XV is Subaru's idea of an Impreza-based compact crossover hatchback. In concept it's a direct descendant of the 2010 Subaru XV concept, which appeared at 2010's Geneva motor show. It also reflects Subaru's new 'Protren' design language.

Protein? Is that why the Subaru XV looks like a pumped-up new Impreza hatch?

No, that's 'Protren'. Protren may be more memorable than the car - and had us in stictches when we heard about it.

Subaru Japan describe its new addition to the design lexicon as coming from a cross between 'professional tool' and 'trendy design'. The possibilities are endless...

Putting English mash-ups aside, tell us more about the Subaru XV concept.

Up front, we have the latest iteration of Subaru's hexagonal grille, flanked by 'hawk-eye' headlights in what is emerging as a consistent family style. Hexagonal and angular forms appear at the rear as well in the licence plate surround and taillight clusters. 

There's a panoramic glass roof, so be careful what you load on the roof rails. Crossover trappings such as a front skid-plate, and black sill extensions round out the transformation of what looks like the 2011 Impreza 5dr hatchback. On stilts.  That colour is 'Electro Yellowgreen', and gives the Subaru XV some added visual punch.

Inside the Subaru XV

The XV has a full interior, with seats trimmed in white leather with that yellowgreen colour migrating inside on contrast piping and mesh highlights. There's a touch-screen display in the centre console for infotainment and navigation.

Subaru's EyeSight collision warning system is also fitted to the XV - twin forward-facing cameras scan for obstacles and alert the driver via a display in the instrument panel. 

What's under the Subaru XV's bonnet?

The Subaru XV is powered by a 2.0-litre flat-four engine, with CVT transmission and Subaru's signature all-wheel-drive transmission. No alternative fuel powertrain lurk within the XV - the Subaru's green quotient is supplied by that paintwork.


By Mark Hamilton