Little else has been revealed about the new concept’s coming, although a shadowy teaser image that accompanied the announcement offers a hint of what we can expect from the show car’s look.
Above: last year's Impreza hatch concept
But, unlike the current XV, which is largely a jacked-up Impreza hatch with unique bumpers and cladding, this new concept looks to be a subtly different headlight design in addition to the more obvious changes to the bumper, grille and wheel arches.
Whether this is a hint at a broader styling difference for the next XV - which could instead debut with a more conventional compact SUV design aimed at rivalling models like the Nissan Qashqai and Mitsubishi ASX - remains to be seen.
Importantly, the coming debut of this new XV concept confirms that last year’s Viziv Future concept is more likely a preview of the new Forester rather than - as has been reported elsewhere - the next XV compact SUV.
Above: last year's Viziv Future concept, the third offering in the Viziv concept series
Expect the XV concept to ride on a wheelbase shared with the Impreza concepts, which means 2670mm footprint - 35mm longer than with the current model, and 24mm longer than the Qashqai’s base.
Watch for more on the XV concept to surface in the weeks ahead.
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