Unveiled to the world at April’s Auto Shanghai 2011, the Subaru XV Concept is a compact four-door, five-seat high-riding hatch based on the all-new Subaru Impreza hatch.
While no production plans have been set in stone, Subaru says the XV Concept “points to a possible new generation sub-compact Sports Utility Vehicle”.
Subaru Australia’s managing director, Nick Senior, said a production vehicle based on the XV Concept’s design could open up a new section of the market.
“XV Concept could have huge potential if it were to become a reality. Firstly Outback, then Forester, proved Subaru’s ability as a pioneer in the SUV market,” Mr Senior said.“XV Concept could well offer similar success, with a different, bold approach to the sub-compact SUV arena.”
The XV Concept sports the Japanese brand’s new hexagonal grille and ‘hawk-eye’ headlights. Black lower bumpers and wheel arch protectors add to the off-road theme, while distinctive five-spoke alloys with clear blue centre caps contribute to the concept’s road presence.
The interior has a light and spacious atmosphere, emphasised by the full-length glass roof, clear roof rails and white leather upholstery.
The centre console features a large touchscreen display with all of the car’s navigation, audio and vehicle information.
Under the bonnet is Subaru’s new 2.0-litre four-cylinder Boxer engine, which produces 110kW of power and 196Nm of torque. It is teamed with a continuously variable transmission, mirroring the drivetrain setup of the new 2012 Subaru Impreza.
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