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Subaru Reveals High-Riding XV Concept at Geneva Motor Show

Subaru Reveals High-Riding XV Concept at Geneva Motor Show

By Philly Murtha, March 01, 2016
During the Geneva International Motor Show media day previews, Subaru showed off the design direction for its next 5-door all-wheel-drive Crosstrek small SUV, which it calls the XV in markets outside the United States. The XV Concept combines high-riding crossover with sedan elements on 19-in. wheels. That may change when the model reaches production, according to some auto experts.

The prototype reflects Subaru’s new Dynamic X Solid design direction in a compact crossover with what the automaker describes as sharp, forward character lines and swept-back roof that are aerodynamic but lean on function. The prototype is painted in Glacier Khaki Silica—a new blue gray to evoke the color of glacier ice. Matte-black cladding along the front bumper, side sills, and wheel arches contrast with orange highlights on the front hexagonal grille, bumpers, aluminum wheels, and roof rails. It is likely that the new XV Crosstrek will be powered by a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder, Subaru Boxer engine that produces 148 horsepower.

The U.S.-market XV Crosstrek has had mild updates since it debuted as a 2013 model. Sales in the United States rose 25% in 2015, to 88,927 from 70,956 units in 2014, based on J.D. Power sales data. Sales slipped 2.7% in the first two months of 2016, according to Subaru.

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