2011 Shanghai Auto Show: Subaru XV Concept looks green and mean

Article by Christian A., on April 18, 2011

After one teaser, Subaru revealed its all-new XV Concept at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show! The new car promises to preview a new generation of crossover vehicle, designed for customers who are looking for authentic functionality but with urban, stylish design.

As you can see from the photos, the first visual impact with the car shows the new face of the Impreza range, while the rear comes with the same hexagonal design as the front. Moreover, the XV features a panorama type roof of continuous glass which extends from the front windscreen all the way to the rear.

The design is completed by the new alloy wheels featuring silver spokes and black rims, but also by the special Electro Yellowgreen colour.

The interior offers dynamic contours, a special white leather as well as a large touch-panel multi-information display which controls the the audio system and displays vehicle information.

Under the hood we find a 2.0-litre four cylinder Horizontally-Opposed DOHC engine, mated to a Lineatronic (CVT) transmission.

Featuring both an interior and an exterior that have had their designs updated, the Subaru XV Concept is truly a crossover vehicle that seamlessly blends SUV’s vaunted functionality and a fashionable image.

This show car is based on the “Protren” design concept, coined from "Professional tool" and "Trendy design." Protren refers to the union of "authentic functionality as a professional tool" and "urban and stylish design." Inside the Subaru XV Concept, onlookers can find silvery white leather as the base material for its seats, as well as sporty mesh in selected areas for a high quality feel.

Additionally, there is the so-called yellow-green piping that provides the interior with a sporty and stylish finish. Featured in the concept is the carmaker’s "EyeSight" advanced driving assist system. Images captured by Eyesight’s cameras are displayed in an LCD monitor placed between two very visible combination meters. The center panel plays home to a large multifunction display, which has three functions: for navigation, for car audio and for vehicle information.

It features intuitive touch panel technology for ease of use. As for the exterior of the Subaru XV Concept, the show vehicle was designed and engineered to feature an imposing SUV-like silhouette blended with a fashionable style.

Moreover, the concept features modern looks as well as electrifying lines with the body revealing a solid yet independent styling typical of a Subaru. Likewise, the concept’s front features design elements typical of Subaru, just like the hexagon grille, winged motif and the hawk-eye headlights.

This hexagonal style is somewhat mirrored on the rear with more hexagons engraved into the clear blue base under the license plate. The Protren design concept is further expressed through the wheel arch cladding and the black metallic highlights.

Designers at Subaru worked to provide the concept’s aluminum alloy wheels with a solid form and a stylish appearance that would make it suitable to the urban driver. Designers also used contrasting colors -- silver spokes, black rims and clear blue center caps – to invoke a balance between quality and performance.

Completing the style of the Subaru XV Concept is its exterior splashed in "Electro Yellowgreen," a color that exemplifies electrifying performance, suggestive of a potent package underneath.

Press Release

FHI Introduces the Subaru XV Concept

The Subaru XV Concept is Subaru's design concept car that defines a new generation of crossover vehicle, blending exceptional SUV practicality with a fashionable form. The key design concept is "Protren". This word was coined from "Professional tool" and "Trendy design". It expresses the integration of "authentic functionality as a professional tool" and "urban and stylish design".

Exterior Design

The vehicle was engineered to blend the crossover-like commanding silhouette with a fashionable image in a single, modern package. Its contemporary looks and electrifying lines are guaranteed to turn heads, as its body exhibits the very solid, dynamic and independent styling so characteristic of all Subaru's.

At the very front of the vehicle are standard design elements that are common to the Subaru stable, including the hexagon grille, winged motif and sharply- and solidly-designed hawk-eye headlights.

The rear of the vehicle features the same hexagonal design as the front and more hexagons engraved into the clear blue base under the license plate complement the consistent design theme.

To better embody the "Protren" theme, the wheel arch cladding offers the image of functionality, playful touch and driving excitement, which is further enhanced with the black metallic highlights.

The aluminum alloy wheels are designed to combine a solid, intrepid form and a stylish appearance, while at the same time exhibiting a fashionable look suited to urban driving. Contrasting colors - silver spokes, black rims and clear blue center caps - are used intentionally to generate an exciting balance between quality and performance.

The exterior of the vehicle is splashed in riveting "Electro Yellowgreen", resulting in a gleaming tinge seemingly emanating from beneath the matte finish. The color embodies electrifying performance, and above all excitement, to round off a tasteful, and at times potent, package.

Interior Design

"Silvery white leather" is used as the base material for the seats, which firmly envelopes passengers to provide a secure feeling. The use of sporty mesh in selected areas works to create a high quality, yet casual mood, and "yellowgreen" piping gives the interior a sporty and stylish finish.

A large multifunction display sits in the center panel. Three different displays - one each for navigation, car audio, and vehicle information are united in the design and touch panel technology expresses ease of use and can be operated intuitively.

The concept car features Subaru's own advanced driving assist "EyeSight" system. An LCD monitor positioned between the two well-balanced and highly visible combination meters allows the driver to check the images captured with the EyeSight's stereo cameras.


  • Length: 4,450 mm
  • Width: 1,800 mm
  • Height: 1,620 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2,635 mm
  • Engine: 2.0-liter four cylinder Horizontally-Opposed DOHC engine
  • Transmission: Lineartronic (CVT)
  • Tire size: 245/45 ZR19
  • Passengers: 5

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