Subaru XV Concept Previews Impreza Crossover at Shanghai Auto Show

2011 Shanghai Auto Show

  • Subaru XV Concept Picture

    Subaru XV Concept Picture

    Unveiled in Shanghai, the XV Concept appears to preview a future crossover version of the 2012 Subaru Impreza, most likely the Outback Sport model. | April 19, 2011

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2011 Shanghai Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • Unveiled in Shanghai, the XV concept previews a crossover version of the new Impreza.
  • The XV uses a 2.0-liter boxer four-cylinder and Subaru's continuously variable transmission.
  • The 2012 Impreza sedan and hatch debut in New York; the XV may return later this year as the Outback Sport.

SHANGHAI, China — Subaru on Tuesday unveiled the XV Concept at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show, saying the tall-roof five-door hatchback has an "urban stylish design" that "defines a new generation of crossover vehicle."

More to the point, the XV appears to preview the next-generation Impreza Outback Sport hatchback. The standard versions of the redesigned 2012 Subaru Impreza debut tomorrow at the 2011 New York Auto Show.

Subaru offered few specs on the XV, other than to say that it features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine coupled with a continuously variable transmission. The concept rides on a 103.7-inch wheelbase (similar to the production Impreza) and wears 245/45ZR19 tires.

Painted a garish Electro Yellowgreen, the XV sports a hexagonal grille, a panoramic glass roof and alloy wheels with black rims and silver spokes. The cabin showcases white leather seats, as well as mesh with yellow piping. says: Look for the same styling cues on the next Impreza Outback Sport and other future Subaru crossovers. — Paul Lienert, Correspondent

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