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While we’re gearing up for the New York Auto Show, another one is happening a world away. At Shanghai, Subaru unveiled the XV concept, a new 5-door crossover.
The XV is a crossover (likely based on the 2012 Impreza set to be revealed at the New York Auto Show this week) that’s smaller than the current Outback, and carries design cues from the Impreza concept from last year’s Los Angeles show. In Subaru tradition it’s powered by a 2.0-liter flat-four engine, but it also features a Lineartronic CVT that should return decent mileage. At a contrast to the eye-searing neon green exterior are white leather seats with mesh inserts.
And according to Subaru, it features a “Protean” design concept, which isn’t a Greek deity you forgot about in freshman philosophy but actually stands for “Professional tool” and “Trendy design.”
Subaru has just announced that it will debut yet another new model next week, although this latest reveal will be a concept, with the unveiling taking place at the Shanghai Auto Show.
The XV concept, says Subaru in a release, “blends practicality with fashionable form, fun and comfort” and will deliver “genuine crossover ability”, thanks in part to the brand’s symmetrical all-wheel drive system.
While Subaru won’t explicitly say as much, the car is believed to be a higher-riding version of the Impreza, with an Impreza XV currently offered in several markets throughout the world.
While the teaser image certainly doesn’t show much, look for flared fenders and a more Outback-like exterior appearance.