Subaru unveiled its steroid-enhanced Impreza – the XV concept – at the 2011 Shanghai Motor Show earlier this year, previewing what a high-riding version of the automaker's new C-segment hatchback could look like. Here in the United States, the XV is better known as the Impreza Outback Sport – a vehicle which we've gotten quite accustomed to, especially for its signature two-tone look.

Interestingly, when we spoke with Subaru officials earlier this year, we were told that the XV isn't in the cards for the U.S., but that it's being considered. However, other markets are slated to get a production version of the crossover as early as next year, and the final design looks to be revealed with these Chinese patent office filings. It looks like exactly what you'd expect from a modern-day Outback Sport, which is to say higher-riding and modestly toughened up visually.

If the XV does arrive in the States someday, Subaru tells us that it likely won't be called Outback Sport. Still, with these patent filings showing a left-hand-drive setup, and with China Car Times reporting that a 2.0-liter inline-four (the new boxer engine) will be underhood, we don't think it'll be too hard for Subaru to adjust this thing for American use.


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      Sashagof
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's perfect. Really hope they bring it to the US. And the Impreza XV name is much better than Outback sport. It was always confusing trying to explain it to non-car people. Especially after the Legacy Outback just became known as Outback. Those wheels, the grill, and the darker body bits look great. Way better than the last gen euro impreza XV.
        ExoPlanet
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sashagof
        Another "bring it here...bring it here!!" post (with absolutely zero intentions of buying one).
          torqued
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ExoPlanet
          It sounded to me like Sashagof actually owned the Outback sport. Why would you assume he/she had no intention of buying one?
      Nathan Loiselle
      • 3 Years Ago
      Flat four! Flat four! A boxer engine is a horizontally opposed engine! Not an inline engine! ... ... ... It's not like I ask for much you know. Just a cappucino and a back rub.
      Lachmund
      • 3 Years Ago
      it was clear it would look like the concept and btw...it's just an impreza only higher.
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      ExoPlanet
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who knew the 1979 - 1987 AMC Eagle 4X4 would be re-incarnated as a Subaru.. http://www.stationwagon.com/gallery/pictures/1983_AMC_Eagle.jpg
      Stephen Smalling
      • 3 Years Ago
      "with China Car Times reporting that a 2.0-liter inline-four (the new boxer engine) will be underhood" The article i linked to at China Car times didn't say anything about the engine layout. Did AB make the inline/boxer mistake?
      joejoe509
      • 3 Years Ago
      I absolutely love it. I have an '08 Outback and this is actually a car that I would buy.
      Drew510
      • 3 Years Ago
      As a previous owner of a 2000 Outback Sport, I like. Still wish I had it. It was invincible in the snow with studs (except that one time I high centered it and took half the life of the clutch trying to get out) and gave us 90k of completely trouble-free miles.
      marcosc
      • 3 Years Ago
      Boring looking.
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