Nearly a year after the Subaru XV Concept was unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland, this SUV study is making its North American debut at the 2017 Montreal Auto Show, but as the Subaru Crosstrek Concept.
Except for the moniker, there are no changes or modifications made on the Subaru Crosstrek Concept as displayed at the 2017 Montreal Auto Show. This means that the XV Concept in Switzerland and the Crosstrek Concept in Canada are one and the same.
Just like the current Subaru Crosstrek XV, the concept will be based on the Impreza. However, the main difference between the current Crosstrek and the final production version of the Crosstrek/XV Concept would be in their underpinnings. The resulting SUV from the Crosstrek Concept will be underpinned by the Subaru Global Platform that will underpin the next generation of the Subaru Impreza due to arrive for the 2018 model year.
The next Crosstrek will have a significant shift to a new platform that has been made more rigid – resulting to better straight-line stability, noise and vibration suppression and a smoother and more comfortable ride. This new Subaru Global Platform also boasts of the world’s highest levels of safety – both in active and passive categories.
As to why Subaru chose to hold the North American debut of the Crosstrek Concept in Montreal, a spokesman for the carmaker told Motor1 that it was because the event was the first auto show in Canada where the Impreza was introduced – noting that both vehicles will share the same platform.
Aside from the bearing Subaru’s new platform, the Crosstrek Concept also conveys the next-generation of the brand’s ‘DYNAMIC X SOLID’ design philosophy – as exuded by the concept’s raised ground clearance and solid appearance. Up front, the Crosstrek Concept dons Subaru’s Wide & Low stance with sporty impression. Likewise, the Crosstrek Concept features Subaru’s signature hexagonal grille and the ‘hawk-eye’ headlamps that echo a Boxer engine motif. The strong shapes of the hexagonal grille and the bumper are accented by a balance of classy silver, matte black, and active orange colors.
As a salute to its rugged and off-road character, the Crossover Concept is fitted with matt black body cladding that enables it to brush off light impacts and scrapes. The cladding runs from the front bumper to above the wheel arches and continues to the side sills and to the rear bumper in the rear. The rear portion of the car meanwhile has the same highly stable and low stance seen on the front. Just like the hawk-eye headlamps, the rear lights follow a similar design motif.
The concept is wrapped in ‘Glacier Khaki Silica’ paint finish -- a new blue-grey tone that brings to mind the look of glacier ice. Dimension-wise, the Crosstrek Concept measures 4,520 mm in length, 1,920 mm in width and 1,570 mm in height, with a wheelbase of 2,670 mm. It rides on 19-inch aluminum wheels with silver, matte black and orange finishes – as wrapped in 245/50 R19 tires.