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Subaru XV Concept – Click above to enlarge

The Shanghai Motor Show is beginning to look like a pretty big deal, with more than enough high-impact reveals to pique our interest. The latest vehicle to be teased in advance of the show is the XV concept, which Subaru says is "a design concept car that defines a new generation of crossover vehicle, blending exceptional SUV practicality with a fashionable form."

The Japanese automaker says the theme of the crossover concept is "Enjoyment and Peace of mind," which, loosely translated, means that the XV will be practical to own yet fun to drive. Subaru hasn't provided many facts other than what we could have already guessed; that the automaker's symmetrical all-wheel drive system is part of the package. We're guessing a boxer engine isn't far behind.

As you can see from the teaser photo above, the XV will feature four doors, stylized headlamps, big concept car wheels and the shape of a crossover, albeit one with a backlight that's got more rake than a typical utility-first Subaru. Given the short distance from the rear doors to the tailgate, we might also guess that the XV will be on the smaller side; perhaps the size and shape of a puffed-up Impreza, but the company already has the Forester in that role – could there be room for two such models? Either way, we're going to have to wait for the vehicle's official unveiling on April 19 to know for sure. Hit the jump to read over the Fuji Heavy Industries press release.

[Source: Subaru]
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Tokyo, April 11, 2011 - Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the maker of Subaru automobiles, today announced that it will exhibit the "SUBARU XV CONCEPT" as a world premiere at the 14th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition (Auto Shanghai 2011) slated for April in Shanghai, China (Press day: April 19 and 20; Open to the public from April 21 through 28).

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 stretch 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". With truly innovative styling, this new generation design concept car combines Subaru's Crossover-like driving excitement with a revolutionary inspiring feel, playful nature, the proven comfort and reliability of the renowned Subaru's Symmetrical AWD (All-Wheel Drive) system.

FHI will also showcase the Subaru's unique technical exhibits including the Outback model's cut body and Boxer Engines, and the Chinese rally car. With these displays and throughout the booth design, FHI will showcase Subaru's efforts to integrate enjoyable and reliable driving and peace of mind, based on the Subaru's core technologies of "Symmetrical AWD" and "Horizontally-Opposed Boxer Engine". The press conference is scheduled at the Subaru booth on April 19, at 11.00h.

The special site opens today at 11:00 on the Subaru Global Site
The site will feature information updates relating to the Auto Shanghai including Subaru's press conference.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Everything Subaru makes is a crossover
      • 4 Years Ago
      If Subaru wants to give us "Enjoyment and Peace of Mind," bring the Legacy wagon back to the United States. With a diesel option.
      • 4 Years Ago
      its just the new Impreza hatch in XV trim

      Here's what the current generation XV looks like:

      For those of us in the states, it will be called the (Impreza) Outback Sport
        • 4 Years Ago

        If so then maybe this'll be what we will get in the states as the Outback Sport. The 5 door silhouette is looking more appealing than the sedan profile they've shown so far.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Soooo...It's an Outback. It has the same silhouette as an Outback. Everyone puts slightly larger tires on their concepts to make the stance look nicer. It's...an Outback.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's the other puffed up Impreza, the Outback Sport. Did some exposure increase on it and it has the headlights of the new Impreza. You can also match up the tail to the test car from the old spy shots. That and XV is the name of the OBS in markets outside North America.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The current Impreza Outback is a mess with that terrible two-tone paint job. Anything would be an improvement.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Totally agree. It is Impreza in special treatment - Outback Sport or XV, as you wish.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not popular in the states? Have you been to Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Oregon, or Washington lately? They can barely keep the OB Sport on the lots here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like the last gen lexus RX
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like everyone is an expert today....
      • 4 Years Ago
      So this is the car that I heard about in Detroit this year when I was talking with one of the Subie execs who drove in from Chicago for the NAIAS. He was really excited about a car that last gen Outback owners would love, coming in the next year or two.

      From the sight of those proper looking roof rails, he might be on to something.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if this is the concept for the 2013 Subaru Forester, 2013 Subaru Tribeca, or a whole new model for 2013?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think Subaru is going after that new market for Car-like CUVs now that SUV-Like CUVs are all over the place.

      More buyers are having a look at vehicles of the styling of the BMW X3 which is just a lifted hatch. It is a good move by the company to try appeal to buyers who may find the Outback too large and the Forester too tall.

      Packaged and marketed correctly, the XV (or Outback Sport) can be a winner.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I swear XV = XC70...I am getting sick of the CUV trend, wish for smaller, more fun vehicles that don't weight over 3500lbs...
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Impreza weighs about what the previous legacy did... around 3400lbs.

        I doubt this vehicle will be any different, and probably a couple hundred pounds less than a current Outback wagon.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is this thing going to slot somewhere between the Impreza and the, now ginormous, Legacy and Outback?

      I used to really like the Legacy because they weren't as big as all the other generic mid-sized sedans, but with the latest redesign, they have gotten QUITE large. Especially the Outback what with its jacked-up stance. Maybe this XV is an inbetween model smaller than those, but slightly bigger than the Impreza.
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