Future Models - Subaru 2017 XV
Geneva show: Subaru confirms XV Concept
What a tease: Subaru has released just one darkened image of the front of the XV Concept but all will be revealed at the Geneva motor show.
Concept based on next-generation Subaru XV to get an airing at Geneva show
9 February 2016
SUBARU will rip the covers off an XV Concept at next month's Geneva motor show
that previews the second-generation version of its high-riding crossover hatch.
The Japanese car-maker has given absolutely nothing away about the concept,
aside from the timing of the reveal, which will happen on the first day of the
media preview at the Swiss automotive extravaganza.
The shady image of the XV Concept's front three-quarter shows a chunky wheel
arch, sharp rectangular headlights and SUV-like paneling on the front bumper.
While the concept is yet to be seen, GoAuto understands that it will carry a
similar look to the recent Impreza hatch and sedan concept – revealed at last
year's Tokyo and Los Angeles motor shows respectively – albeit with a
The XV and Impreza will continue to share a platform and many mechanical
elements but the production version of the crossover will be designed to appeal
to more compact-SUV buyers, while the Impreza goes after car fans.
A production-ready version of the Impreza concept will make its debut next
month at the New York motor show, and while Australian timing is yet to be
announced, it is likely that the hatch and sedan range will arrive Down Under
early in 2017, while the new-gen XV should lob around mid-year.
A new XV will likely continue Subaru's all-wheel-drive-only policy (except the
BRZ), but expect improvements to ride and handling, connectivity and more of
Subaru's EyeSight active safety suite.
The XV went on sale in Australia in January 2012, arriving a month before the
Impreza, which was delayed because of supply issues following the 2011 Japanese
In its first year on sale in 2012, Subaru sold 9908 XVs, making it the third
best-selling model in the sub-$40,000 small-SUV segment, behind the Nissan
Dualis (13,141) and the Mitsubishi ASX (11,469).
The XV had its best sales year in 2014, shifting 11,539 units to grab second in
its segment behind the one-size-larger Hyundai ix35 (17,922).
Last year sales dropped by 38 per cent to 7168 units, due largely to the
arrival of a slew of new models in the super-competitive segment, including the
instantly popular Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3, as well as the Suzuki Vitara and