Subaru XV has released a gloomy teaser image of its latest concept, set to appear at the Geneva motor show in March. Little can be determined from the picture, but Subaru has confirmed it’s a new XV concept, and should determine the design direction of the XV road car – a crossover based on the Impreza platform. While the roadgoing XV features only a handful of visual changes from the five-door Impreza, mainly aimed at beefing up the rather anonymous body, the concept adopts several cues seen on recent Subaru concept cars, from slim, C-shaped headlight surrounds, to heavily-stylised alloy wheels and in this instance, a tough-looking front scuff plate and chunky wheel arches.
While the Geneva concept will preview the look of the next-generation XV, Subaru has lightly revised the XV road car for the 2016 model year. Those not intimately familiar with the existing model will struggle to see the differences, but externally Subaru has updated the car’s ‘hawk-eye’ headlights, and applied a redesigned front grille and bumper. There’s also a boot spoiler at the rear and LED tail lamps, while a new alloy wheel design and two new paint shades – Hyper Blue and Dark Blue Metallic – keep the styling relatively fresh.
The interior enjoys greater changes, with improvements in quality and finish, and a new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. There’s a new look to the instrument cluster too, and a new rear-view camera with a wider field of view. Thrilling stuff it ain’t, but it should make the XV slightly more pleasant to live with. Cheaper too, thanks to engine revisions to the 2-litre petrol and diesel flat-four powerplants.
Pricing for the range starts at £21,995, which gets you a petrol in SE trim, while £23,495 nets a CVT model. Premium trim is £2000 extra, as are the diesel SE models.
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