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by Brett Davis

Subaru will exhibit the all-new Subaru XV Concept at next month’s Australian International Motor Show in Melbourne. It will be just the second time the world gets a chance to see the high-riding Impreza-style hatchback.

The Subaru XV Concept was first unveiled at the Auto Shanghai 2011 event earlier this year, but the Melbourne event will be the first time Australians get a glimpse of the concept up close.

Adopting the same personality as the Subaru Outback and Subaru Forester, the XV Concept design offers a fun and youthful character yet a beefy exterior stance with energetic and eager off-road underpinnings. The standout of its design however is the all-glass roof, offering a futuristic and open environment to passengers.

No official details or specifications of the car have been released yet other than that it uses Subaru’s symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. There’s also been no word if the car will make it to production. Nick Senior, managing director of Subaru Australia, has mentioned such possibilities though. He said,

“We’re delighted to showcase this newest Subaru concept and will be seeking feedback on our stand at the show to gauge the level of possible customer interest in such a car.

“It promises to be a totally new offering. The XV Concept was warmly received in Shanghai and based on the long-term success of Forester and Outback, we can see this type of vehicle could have huge potential in pursuing a new niche in Australia.”

The Australian International Motor Show will run from July 1 to July 10 in Melbourne. We look forward to bringing you plenty of live coverage.




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