Subaru has unveiled the new XV Concept at the Shanghai Motor Show. The concept comes with a totally new design and is equipped with Subaru’s renowned Symmetrical AWD (All-Wheel Drive) system. Power will come from the latest generation Boxer engines. The XV previews the company’s next generation of crossover and combines the SUV practicality with a fashionable form.

The XV’s new design language will be defined by the word "Protren" - a word that combines "Professional tool" and "Trendy design" that can be easily translated into the fact that XV will integrate both "authentic functionality as a professional tool" and "urban and stylish design".

The Subaru XV Concept is a design concept car that defines a new generation of crossover vehicle, blending exceptional SUV practicality with a fashionable form. It was specifically designed for customers who are looking for a vehicle offering looks, benefits, and a packaging that stretches beyond those from the populated crowd of existing crossover models. At its heart is the core theme of "Enjoyment and Peace of mind", and a promise to deliver, in line with Subaru’s new brand statement, "Confidence in Motion".

UPDATE 04/19/2011: This review has been updated with the official images and specs on the concept. Hit the jump to read more about it.


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The XV concept is being built on a 2,635 mm wheelbase and measures 4,450 mm in length, 1,800 mm width, and 1,620 mm height. The concept presented in Shanghai is painted in a Electro Yellowgreen exterior paint combined with a set of aluminum alloy wheels painted in contrasting colors: silver spokes, black rims, and clear blue center caps.

Up front, the concept is defined by a hexagon grille with the center painted in the same color as the body, winged motif, and hawk-eye headlights. At the rear, the XV is defined by the same hexagonal design as the front and more hexagons engraved into the clear blue base under the license plate complement the consistent design theme. The final element of the exterior design is a panorama type roof of continuous glass which extends from the front windscreen all the way to the rear.


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The interior of the XV concept continues with the same dynamism of the exterior. The seats are covered in Silvery white leather and they are combined with the use of sporty mesh with yellow-green piping in selected areas of the interior. A dynamic contour runs from the front instrument panel, across the door panels, and to the center console, while the center panel features a large touch-panel multi-information display that gives easy control over navigation and audio systems.

An impressive feature of the concept is Subaru’s own advanced driving assist "EyeSight" system: an LCD monitor positioned between the two well-balanced and highly visible combination meters allowing the driver to check the images captured with the EyeSight’s stereo cameras.


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Subaru has placed a 2.0-liter four cylinder Horizontally-Opposed DOHC engine combined with a Lineartronic (CVT) transmission under the hood of the XV concept. They did not announce any technical details on the engine, but this engine is also used in the Forester where it delivers a total of 150 hp at 6,000 rpm and 146 lb-ft at 4,200 rpm, so we expect a similar output for the XV concept.

When Can I Drive One?

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Chances are the general public will never get the chance to sit behind the wheel of the XV Concept. This vehicle is just an idea that will inspire a new crossover model in the Subaru lineup. Expect to see the same design language in some of Subaru’s future models, including the next generation Impreza and its XV crossover version.


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When it comes to compact crossovers, there are plenty of models willing and able to compete with any production model to come out of the XV Concept. However, Subaru is the leader in this segment, so these crossovers will have to step up their game if this fresh design ever makes it to production.

One vehicle set to take on the a production of the XV is the Mitsubishi ASX. This is a model that went on sale in July 2010 and came with an all new 1.8 Liter turbocharged direct injection combined with a 6-speed manual transmission and a sporty design language. What the Subaru still has in it favor is the advantage of being offered with a standard AWD system.

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  (382) posted on 12.13.2011

I’m so impressed with the center console of this concept! It looks great and awesome! Moreover, I have to agree that green color only adds more appeal for this, but I hope that it is not an electric vehicle.

  (559) posted on 12.11.2011

The design of its wheels really looks so cool on this concept! Moreover, it looks very attractive on its body paint and even on its dressed-up interior. I also noticed that its center console truly looks amazing on it!

  (336) posted on 10.19.2011

I love the body paint of this concept, and I must say that it is already looking great on that and very striking as well, but I wondered if what will the interior of this one will look like.

  (384) posted on 10.10.2011

I have to agree that the electro yellow green exterior body paint on this car has really perfectly fitted on it. I also noticed its cool wheels even the interior touch seems so cozy and comfortable.

  (459) posted on 09.28.2011

Wow! A green car, smiley well, I’m always fond with greener cars, I always found them very appealing and fabulous. Though this concept only had a simple platform and styling, it is already awesome for me.

  (592) posted on 09.27.2011

This Subaru XV Green look so cool, refreshing and trendy design. Definitely this has an authentic professional touch from its design. Very interesting.

  (592) posted on 08.3.2011

I like the paint of the car because it looks cool and also the spacious interior. The graphical background makes it more promising. Mitsubishi will have a hard time to compete with this new Subaru. I can’t wait for its debut.

  (528) posted on 05.19.2011

Not bad at all. But I am really quite surprised that Subaru is really bent on joining the SUV race. I must admit that I am familiar with in the compact car section.

  (453) posted on 05.6.2011

The crossover model in the Subaru XV is basically has a good exterior design image,But i don’t like the color that was being placed in the model.

  (325) posted on 04.28.2011

The impressive design language and well balanced interior design creates so well,And mostly the concepts has a cool elements that can figure out so lucky.

  (134) posted on 04.25.2011

I agree that this car has an amazing aesthetic though the interior needs a lot of updates. However, I bet there’s a lot of better option in the market when it comes to the power output.

  (539) posted on 04.25.2011

Wow! I find the electro yellow green color so cool! The exterior is so perfect and I would say that this is the most sporty SUV that I have seen.

  (579) posted on 04.20.2011

I don’t forget to mentioned about the interior! It look so luxurious with those carbon fiber material used with the parts especially the wheels!

  (692) posted on 04.20.2011

it seems that the neon color for the car is being a trend nowadays. Well, i like the eagle-eyed design for the headlights.

  (539) posted on 04.20.2011

I definitely love the clover leaf wheels on this one, they’re quite unique if you ask me. I am really hoping that they would be keeping those for the production version.

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