For a relatively small automaker, Subaru sure does have some big plans for this year's Frankfurt Motor Show. Not only is it showing a "technology concept" to preview the BRZ rear-drive coupe it's developing with Toyota, but the Japanese automaker is also set to unveil the XV crossover there, as well.

Previewed by the XV concept unveiled in Shanghai a few months ago and the rudimentary sketch from earlier in August, the new crossover is essentially a high-riding Impreza that's a further extension of the Outback Sport. Considering how imprezive that vehicle can be – particularly in WRX or STi trim – that could prove a good thing. We'll reserve judgement until the vehicle's unveiling, but in the meantime Fuji Heavy has hit us with the teaser image above to keep our interests piqued.

Follow the jump for the press release, containing dimensions and powertrain for both new debuts.
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Exhibition Outline of the 64th Frankfurt Motor Show

Tokyo, August 31, 2011 - Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the maker of Subaru automobiles, will exhibit the "SUBARU XV" as a world premiere and the "SUBARU BRZ PROLOGUE - BOXER Sports Car Architecture II -", the technology concept of Subaru's All-new Rear-Wheel Drive Sports Car, the "SUBARU BRZ", as part of the Subaru exhibits at the 64th Frankfurt Motor Show. (Press day: September 13 and 14; Open to the public from September 15 through 25, 2011)
The press conference by New President Yasuyuki Yoshinaga is scheduled at the Subaru booth on September 13, 2011 at 9.30h


The Subaru XV was developed under the concept of "Urban Adventure" as a new type of crossover vehicle featuring a sporty and casual design. The XV projects the unique value Subaru aims to bring to the C-segment crossover market. With overall proportions conveying a sense of stylishness and lightness, the XV design also displays the confident presence of a crossover vehicle. Its superior drive performance and fuel efficiency are warranted by Subaru's next-generation power unit and Subaru core technologies - the symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive and advanced Subaru Dynamic Chassis Control Concept - making the XV incredibly safe and secure to drive. Subaru has made it possible to truly provide "Enjoyment and Peace of Mind" as defined in its new brand statement, "Confidence in Motion," in this new Subaru XV.

Major specifications
Body size (Overall: Length x Width x Height): 4,450x 1,780 x 1,570 mm,
Wheelbase: 2,635 mm
Power Unit: New Generation Subaru Boxer engine (2.0-litre 4-cylinder Horizontally-Opposed engine) plus Lineartronic (CVT)

< SUBARU BRZ PROLOGUE - BOXER Sports Car Architecture II ->
"SUBARU BRZ PROLOGUE" embodies the technology concept of the "SUBARU BRZ", currently under joint development with Toyota Motor Corporation. The architecture employs Subaru's new platform, built around its key component: the Horizontally-Opposed Boxer engine. It also features the totally new Subaru direct injection Boxer engine exclusively designed for the new sports car. The SUBARU BRZ PROLOGUE will showcase how Subaru's state-of-the-art engineering technology proposes to make the SUBARU BRZ deliver a "Pure Handling Delight" driving experience.

Major Specifications
Body size (Overall: Length x Width x Height): 4,200 x 1,770 x 1,270 mm
Wheelbase: 2,570 mm
Engine type: 2.0-liter direct injection naturally-aspirated
four cylinder Horizontally-Opposed Boxer engine

The special site on the Subaru Global Site (http://www.subaru-global.com/11frankfurt/teaser/) will be updated with information relating to Frankfurt motor show. This will include teaser images of the all-new "SUBARU XV" and "SUBARU BRZ PROLOGUE" as well as a movie of Subaru's press conference.

About Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the maker of Subaru automobiles, is a leading manufacturer in Japan with a long history of technological innovations that dates back to its origin as an aircraft company. While the automotive business is a main business pillar, FHI's Aerospace, Industrial Products and Eco Technologies divisions offer a diverse range of products from general-purpose engines, power generators, and sanitation trucks to small airplanes, crucial components for passenger aircrafts, and wind-powered electricity generating systems. Recognized internationally for its AWD (all-wheel drive) technology and Horizontally-Opposed engines in Subaru, FHI is also spearheading the development of environmentally friendly products and is committed to contributing to global environmental preservation.


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      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      Teasing a car that's already been fully revealed numerous times, and is only a 2" taller Impreza hatch with silver body cladding anyway? Lame.
      Mike Cornell
      • 3 Years Ago
      At least the colour in the rendering looks better than the schlock green we saw in Shanghai. I liken it to a poor man's X1....in fact, in one or two of the spy shots of the Impreza sedan, there was an X1 behind it that I at first mistook for the new Outback Sport. Price it under the Forester and it will sell.
      axiomatik
      • 3 Years Ago
      I came in to say that it looks like a rejected Pontiac Vibe design, but I see I have been beaten to the punch with Matrix comments.
      Durishin
      • 3 Years Ago
      Actually with the right cladding and an intercooler scoop - all you would need is an adjustable suspension like the old XT and you could go from XV to WRX with the flick of a switch.
      Lance
      • 3 Years Ago
      I couldn't be more exciting for this thing to come out, test driving it as soon as it hit's the states (God willing).
      gandenkris
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or is Subaru getting much uglier?
        wtrmlnjuc
        • 3 Years Ago
        @gandenkris
        i'm dissapointed they took the legacy's face and slapped it onto the impreza. like the current gen is okay, the ones before were amazing, but the new one looks like a legacy too much to me. it doesn't say "impreza", it says legacy.
      soundbargaming
      • 3 Years Ago
      Gotta love that late 90's rear end and body cladding. So at this point the automotive industry in moving backwards. Great, now we'll never have a REAL flying car bedsides the abomination known as the Terrafugia.
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @soundbargaming
        Flying cars? Meh, if we're dreaming just give me a personal jet and helicopter.
      AccentPlanet
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's pretty bad for Japan when Subarus and Nissans look better than Hondas now.
      roboduck
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ok great... So where is the FT-86 STI? :)
      r67bennett
      • 3 Years Ago
      How embarrasing subaru copied the KIA SUV. =)
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      Close one of your eyes, stick your thumb out in front of you, and cover the "Subaru" emblem in the photo. Now what kinda of car is it? Definitely NOT a Subaru. LoL. Matrix replacement anyone?
        wtrmlnjuc
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        does not look like a matrix. the ride height is way too high and the back screams "subaru forester" to me. the shape of the body itself is like a small suv, not a wagon.
      waetherman
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just don't get where Subaru is going here - they already have three different "crossovers" - how many more do they (or we) need? Seems like it's blurring the line a bit on their product line.
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