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At the 2011 New York Auto Show, we asked Dominic Infante, Subaru's U.S. product manager, about the XV Concept revealed at the Shanghai Motor Show. "It's probably not for us," he said, "but we're looking at it. And if it did come, it probably wouldn't be called Outback Sport."

That's because the Outback Sport is an anomaly in Subaru's U.S. line-up that the brand's marketing arm would like to correct – an Outback in name only, it is actually based on the Impreza platform. But it sells so well, Infante says, "that the sales guys don't want them to change anything. They're like, 'Don't mess it up.'"

What do you think? Should Subaru bring a production version of the XV to the States, or is it too much like the Outback Sport to matter? Make yourself heard in our poll below.

Should Subaru bring a production version of the XV Concept to the U.S.?
Definitely, and don't call it an Outback. 1551 (35.6%)
No, the Outback Sport is fine. 1147 (26.4%)
I don't care, as long as it's not in that color... 1653 (38.0%)

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      • 4 Years Ago
      They should bring it here and it should be the next OBS. It appears to just be a kitted up version of the production 2012 Impreza anyway, which is what the OBS is...
      Mel @ aWingThing.COm
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks like an Outback Sport. Why wouldn't it be called that. The color is hideous though. I wish they would bring back the big foglights. :(
      Jeremy Pennini
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bring it to the states and call it Subaru Impreza XV, just like they do else where in the world.
      • 4 Years Ago
      wait...isn't this an outback sport in everything but name? it's basically a taller version of the just previewed 2012 impreza, which here in the usa is sold as an outback sport. what difference does it make what it's called? if subaru believes there's some benefit to changing the name to "impreza xv" or whatever then they should make that change and be prepared to pay the bill to get that name recognition in the market. personally, i would be interested in something like this, regardless of what it's called.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm so confused as to what this even is... It is closer to what the actual 2010 Impreza 5-door is than the impreza concept was. I thought this was the concept of the Impreza 5-door. How is this any different, assige from ride height, glass roof, and different tail lights? Other than those relatively minor things, isn't this just an Impreza 5-door? On that note, I will say that I like this XV concept better than the actual 2012 5-door, even though the styling is almost the same, but: a) increased ride height looks more off-road and tough b) tail lights are better c) the plastic trim around the wheel arches actually look better than not having anything there. IMO that tall like 5" of flat vertical metal between the wheel well and the line for the top of the wheel arch looks dumb. That bit of plastic seems to break it up nicely though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      like it, not fan with the wheels. yeah big foglights were awesome.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Since the current XV is the same for the rest of the world as the US Outback Sport, just extend the XV name to the US market. While I know what the Outback Sport is, the name makes no sense now that there is no more Legacy Outback, just Outback, meaning the Outback is no longer a trim level but a model designation.
      • 4 Years Ago
        You guy
        • 4 Years Ago
        Toyota only owns like 20% of Fuji Heavy Industries. Shut up.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, if you were more educated, some Subarus back in days looked exactly like corollas. Compare 2002 Impreza "Bug Eye" to this eurospec 1997(so, 5 years old to date already) Toyota Corolla. http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5241/5330886970_7a5a1e0d71.jpg
      • 4 Years Ago
      yawn on the whole lineup now. looks like a lot of people will be busy looking up older unmodded wrxs from now on. thank you autotrader.
      • 4 Years Ago
      what do i care, its not like im ever going to buy a subaru made after 2007
      • 4 Years Ago
      Someone explain to me what they were thinking with those wheels? I've never seen a concept or production car that has wheels that are too big for the wheel wells, until now. They are closer to the sides than the top, it's the weirdest thing I've ever seen.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the color- most anything's better than white, silver, gray or beige metallic.
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