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2011 Subaru XV Concept Looks Tough

Subaru has long been popular in Australia for its crossover wagons that provide the added traction of all-wheel drive together with some extra ride height to let you tackle semi-serious off-road conditions.

When we attended the world debut of the all-new Subaru Impreza at the New York Auto Show last week we couldn’t help but think the hatchback / station wagon body was crying out for an all-new variant with just this off-road theme. The crisp lines of the new generation Impreza are a welcome release from the somewhat mundane looks of Imprezas of recent years.

Subaru had already unveiled what it calls XV Concept at the Shanghai Motor Show, which overlapped with the New York event a few days earlier. At this stage the Japanese company is only calling it a concept, but we would be surprised if this teaser display isn t very close to production ready. During 2010 Subaru sold a special edition with similar features to this concept.

It wasn t a huge success but certainly filled a niche for some buyers.

Subaru XV Concept in its latest format is again based on the Impreza hatch, but with some lower body styling changes, particularly at the front, that give it plenty of character. As well, the suspension has been jacked up to add more ground clearance, but by the looks of it not to the extent of making it awkward when pushed hard on normal roads.

The black coloured lower bumper areas and wheel-arch protection mouldings are there not only to add toughness to the VX Concept s appearance, but also to provide protection when used in off-road conditions. And Subaru owners of these crossover vehicle aren t averse to actually taking their vehicles into the Australian outback — just look at the Outback of the Subaru variety to see what we mean.

Subaru Outbacks are, of course, named for the Australian desert and semi-arid regions and the name is used worldwide to promote that rugged and reliable image.

Look at the rear of the Subaru XV Concept and you will see an interesting treatment of the exhaust outlets, again done in black materials used in the guard extensions and lower bumper panels.

A departure from Subaru s normal design theme in this latest Subaru XV, at least in its concept format, is the use of an all black glass roof. This roof type is very much the fashion in Europe at the moment and it s good to see the Japanese makers chasing that important market.

Naturally, the Subaru XV Concept is powered by the company s latest design of 2.0-litre boxer engine, presumably it would also use the continuously variable transmission Subaru dubs the Lineartronic .

Another strong possibility has to be the turbo-diesel boxer engine designed principally for European Subaru models. The combination of lowdown grunt, all-wheel drive and Subaru s legendary toughness would be an impressive one.

Interior space is good and a production wagon based on the Subaru XV Concept could be used as an all purpose family vehicle. Obviously, it would make a fine suburban runabout during the week, but the big advantage would be its ability to tackle mild to medium off-road conditions with an adventurous family on board at the weekend.

Will this interesting Subaru XV Concept become a reality? We feel it will, but if all you Subaru 4WD and AWD lovers out there want to help it become a reality how about contacting your local Subaru dealer and/or the company s head office to voice your opinion?

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