10 images: This is what happens when you give the Subaru XV a cooler vibe

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by Gerard Jude Castillo | Mar 3, 2016

Subaru XV Concept

It's hard to believe that the Subaru XV is already five years old. Truth be told, it still looks fresh, despite being virtually ubiquitous. If you're one of those who are getting tired of the crossover's design, maybe a refresh is in order. Better yet, how about a new model? Like this one, the Subaru XV Concept, unveiled at the ongoing Geneva International Motor Show.

The design study heralds the next-generation XV. Revolving around the "Dynamic x Solid" motif, the XV Concept still possesses the rugged vibe combined with a sporty character that has made the model a hit all these years. This new interpretation, however, seems to be a lot more subdued with more class.

You get this impression the moment you feast your eyes on the now-trademark hexagonal front grille flanked by the signature hawk-eye Subaru headlights. The front bumper is given more depth by vertical side slits at the corners, reminiscent of the current-generation Forester turbo model.

The side, meanwhile, features character lines that flow from the front, over the wheel arches, through the rear fender, and all the way through to the back end. That aforementioned fender at the rear emphasizes the strong personality that this crossover wants to project. The look is capped off by taillights and a bumper that mirror a similar form as those of the headlights and the front bumper.

As before, the XV Concept is all about giving buyers SUV versatility without the bulk. It boasts more-than-ample ground clearance while still being easy to handle, thanks to its compact car-like dimensions of 4,520mm long, 1,920mm wide and 1,570mm tall. And with these types of vehicles being all the rage right now, we're pretty sure this one will be just as popular as the current iteration. It's even got black cladding that starts from the front bumper and flows through the lower part of the sides, all the way to the rear, for that rugged appeal. Orange accents on the bumpers, the grille, the alloy wheels and the roof rails lend a sporty appearance.

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At present, Subaru hasn't revealed any engine and powertrain specs just yet. We'll be sure to keep tabs on these, and let you know once we get them. For now, let's just enjoy how this cool crossover concept looks, shall we?

 

Subaru XV Concept

Subaru XV Concept

Subaru XV Concept

Subaru XV Concept

Subaru XV Concept

Subaru XV Concept

Subaru XV Concept

Subaru XV Concept

Subaru XV Concept

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