Subaru debuts XV Concept vehicle in Shanghai

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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The fourteenth Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition, also known as the Auto Shanghai, will soon be host to many unique concept cars and new production vehicles from manufacturers across the world. Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., parent company of Subaru, attended the Shanghai show too, and while showing off its production wares also pulled the wraps off of the Subaru XV Concept vehicle.

Subaru describes the XV as a concept that blends sport utility vehicle (SUV) practicality with "fashionable form." In other words, the XV is a crossover vehicle. Subaru continues by saying the XV was designed to appeal to customers who are in search of an attractive looking automobile that features other benefits that simply aren't offered on today's crossover vehicles. At the time of writing, details are scarce about what those benefits are.

The photographs of the XV reveal a wagon body-style with four doors, or five if you count the rear liftgate as a door. The vehicle has a higher stance than conventional wagons though, which is a typical feature of many of today's crossover vehicles. The XV's body proportions are therefore quite similar to the Subaru Outback, which is also a wagon with a higher than normal stance. It's possible that the XV Concept could influence the styling of the next-generation Outback or become something totally unique.

Apart from its resemblance to the Outback, the XV Concept looks much more modern in terms of interior and exterior styling. Notable exterior features include an attractive set of wheels and a bright green paint scheme. While inside, three sharp looking monitors on the centre console provide important information to those aboard. Also interesting is how production-ready the car appears both inside and out. The XV Concept looks like it could go on sale tomorrow.

In accordance with Subaru's new brand slogan of "Confidence in Motion," the XV is said to deliver enjoyment and peace of mind to drivers. While on the subjects of driving enjoyment and peace of mind, those two notions will surely be provided, at least in part, by Subaru's renowned Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system, which is a confirmed feature of the XV Concept.

The Subaru XV Concept will be featured at the 2011 Auto Shanghai until April 28th.
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Topics: Crossover, Subaru, 2011, XV Concept,

Organizations: Subaru

Geographic location: Shanghai

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