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by Brett Davis

Subaru has already unveiled a concept version of the Subaru XV, first at the 2011 Auto Shanghai show and then earlier this month at the 2011 Australian International Motor Show. Patent images have now be found outlining the look of the production version.

These patent images, first published by China Car Times, resemble the Subaru XV Concept quite accurately, offering that same rugged two-tone look. As previously reported, the Subaru XV will be produced in Malaysia under a deal between Fuji Heavy Industries (Subaru) and Tan Chong Group, at a production capacity of around 5000 per year. These will be sold in Asian markets.

Another production line will also be set up in Japan for other international sales of the XV, including the US and quite possibly here in Australia. Official local release dates haven’t been confirmed yet but Subaru’s managing director, Nick Senior, has expressed that the model does have “huge potential” in Australia.

Specific engine and driveline details are also yet to be confirmed but reports suggest the Impreza-based crossover will showcase a similar powertrain package to the new Subaru Impreza. This means a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine will be the basis of the line-up. A turbocharged sportier variant is also speculated.

The Subaru XV, or Impreza Outback Sport as it’s known in the US, will slot underneath the Subaru Outback and Forester in terms of showroom placement. Prices are likely to fit in respectively.




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