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by Brett Davis

Subaru has pulled the wraps off its all-new Subaru XV Concept at Auto Shanghai 2011 motor show in China. It offers a small four-door, five-seat crossover layout matched with a youthful yet robust appearance.

Subaru is yet to finalise specific engine and power details about the XV Concept, however, the company has said it is equipped with a 2.0-litre Boxer engine combined with a Lineartronic CVT transmission. It’s also fitted with Subaru’s all-wheel drive system.

Judging by the look of the car and the various ‘tough’ trimming pieces, such as the black protruding wheel arch protection details, the stainless steel-look chin bar in lower front bumper, and spotlights, the XV Concept showcases details that could be presented on future Outback and Forester models.

The car is also fitted with various funky elements such as a glass roof which runs the entire length of the car, black alloy wheels with silver highlights, and a large multi-function touch screen centre display inside the cabin. The cabin is also lined in three-tone leather, with green highlights and contrasting white trim.

Managing Director of Subaru Australia, Nick Senior, recently spoke about the concept, saying

“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.”

  • GTR

    Looks good, good work Subaru!

  • http://caradvice OSU811

    Apart from the colour, I actually like the look and styling direction of this!.

  • Baddass

    Still not exactly attractive, is it?

    • andronicus

      Too true.

      An improvement but still….not quite right.

      Subaru can do better….actually im starting to doubt that too looking back at what they have been coming up with the last 4 years.

  • delux

    Is it an Impreza hatch in disguise?

  • http://www.caradvice.com.au/ MrSam

    Looks great.

  • http://www.caradvice.com.au/ TheMaster

    A good looking subaru? could it be?

  • nickdl

    I reckon it looks pretty bland for a concept actually, especially considering it will be toned down for production. Interior looks good though.

  • Mosmanite

    Looks like the new Focus to me…

  • Ethan

    I’m still not convinced by this. Maybe I was expecting more. The sneak profile pic was so promising.

  • Alex

    While I love my Subaru’s, i hate the current crop except the Forester. But instead of making ‘concepts’ why don’t they make a bloody proper auto for the diesel and turbo petrol!!

    • Mantradon

      I Agree with Alex!
      I am a forester owner and have a few friends who own as well. ALL are waiting for a auto trans to come out in the diesel forester!
      There are people screaming for it!!!!
      Oh yeah, the concept car is quite good if the look stays the same, if it goes into production.

  • ddd

    good god!!

    the ugly duckling impreza hatch IS capale of looking better…. time to eat my hat i suppose?

    anyone got some salt?

  • whathe..

    Pity its a concept – History shows the real thing will look like crap.

  • A

    Swing and a miss.

    Keep trying though, Subaru. Your mechanics are sound, now just poach a designer off Audi and a quality control guy off BMW- it worked brilliantly for Kia.

  • Why

    Replace that hand brake lever with button…plus start button…All sweet~


    arent those wheels the 21 inch optional “flower” ones available on the bmw X5 and X6?

  • Blitzkrieg

    Those wheels are awful

  • Hanibay

    Love the glass roof and improved style. My 1993 Impreza was an avant-guarde design, then nothing stylish since. I hope this one will be the start of a return to stylish news-breaking design. We shouldn’t be supposed to settle for only great Subaru mechanics.