A next-generation preview of the Subaru XV crossover will debut at next month’s Geneva motor show, the Japanese car maker has confirmed today.

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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.

Lighting up just a small corner of the concept, this image reveals that we can look to last year’s Impreza hatch and sedan concepts for a view of what to expect with the new XV concept.

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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.

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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.