Subaru displays XV Concept at 2016 Geneva Auto Show

Article by Christian A., on February 11, 2016

Finally, a new Subaru concept car was unveiled at the 86th Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland. According to Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI) who owns and manufactures the known Japanese brand, the new Subaru XV Concept previews a new model in company's lineup.

Subaru revealed during the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show its Subaru XV Concept. With this concept, the brand hopes to gives consumers a glimpse of where the next generation of Subaru vehicle is headed especially with the compact crossover.

This XV Concept best symbolizes the next-generation of the brand’s ‘DYNAMIC X SOLID’ design philosophy. It can be seen with the raised ground clearance and solid appearance that point to the All-Wheel Drive capability and go-anywhere capability of the Subaru.

Dividing the muscular body surfacing are two strong character lines. The first starts from the front bumper and then goes to the doors and ends in the rear shoulder. The second one meanwhile rises from the lower half of its doors and then to rear of the car.

The silhouette of the cabin narrows and then tightens a little as the bodywork goes to the rear. This gives it the appearance of athleticism and energy and not at the expense of its characteristic crossover practicality.

Looking at the front, one can clearly see the brand’s trademark hexagonal grille and the ‘hawk-eye’ headlamps. Its matt black body covering allows it to brush off light impacts and even scrapes in either an urban or rural setting.

The cladding starts from its front bumper and then runs above the wheel arches and its side sills eventually leading to the bumper in the rear. The rear portion of the car meanwhile has the same highly stable and low stance seen on the front.

The rear bumpers are clad in matt black and the powerful shoulders over them go up and meet the rear combination lamps. Much like the ‘hawk-eye’ headlamps on the front, the rear lights also follow a similar design motif.

For the XV Concept, the brand gave it the ‘Glacier Khaki Silica’ paint finish. This is a new blue-grey tone that brings to mind the look of glacier ice. The grille has distinctive orange highlights which are also in the front bumpers, the rear bumpers, roof rails, and the aluminum 19-inch wheels.

Press Release

Subaru XV Concept Makes World Debut at 2016 Geneva International Motor Show

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the manufacturer of Subaru automobiles, today unveiled the Subaru XV Concept at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show.

The Subaru XV Concept is a design concept car that embodies Subaru's next-generation DYNAMIC X SOLID design philosophy in a compact crossover model. Its compact body features Subaru's DYNAMIC X SOLID design elements, the powerful form of a crossover, and a quality feel beyond its class – previewing the design direction of the next-generation Subaru XV*.

Main Features of Subaru XV Concept

The front, sides, and rear are seamlessly joined in the DYNAMIC X SOLID surface structure, creating a three-dimensional and solid body that is a feature of Subaru styling. The dynamism is enhanced by well-placed character lines on the compact body shape. The design expression of "Enjoyment and Peace of Mind", the value that Subaru provides to its customers, is fully pursued within the limits of the compact crossover model body size. In the area of functionality essential to a Subaru car, excellent aerodynamic performance is teamed with the ample road clearance and luggage space required of a crossover vehicle, achieving blend of function and style.

Quality feel is raised by the "Glacier Khaki Silica" exterior color, a blue-gray new color exclusive to this concept model that evokes the glacier ice. Matte-black cladding running from the front bumper over the wheel arches and side sills to the rear bumper, together with orange highlights on the front grille, front and rear bumpers, aluminum wheels, and roof rails, accent the exterior color to emphasize the diverse character of the Subaru XV crossover.


The Subaru look is seen in the Wide & Low stance with its sporty impression, and in the unified three-dimensional structure extending from the hexagonal grille that symbolizes the Subaru identity to the hawk-eye headlights echoing a Boxer engine motif. The front face plays the role of starting point from which the front flows via the sides to the rear, with each part uniting into a solid form. A pleasing balance of classy silver, matte black, and active orange on the strong shapes of the hexagonal grille and the bumper expresses the diverse character of this crossover vehicle.


The rich inflection of the character line extending from the front fender to the door panels and rear shoulder, and the line rising energetically toward the rear from the lower door panel, give dynamism to the solid body surface. The powerfully extended fender flares express the reliability of Subaru All-Wheel Drive. The matte-black cladding running from the front bumper over the wheel arches and side sills to the rear bumper creates a dynamic form expressing all the enjoyment to be expected from a crossover vehicle.


The rear combination lights sharing the same motif as the headlights, as well as the powerful shoulders over the rear fenders thrusting all the way toward the rear combination lights, express a Wide & Low stance similar to the front. The tightened cabin silhouette enhances the sporty impression of the nimble crossover style. Like the front bumper, the rear bumper features a pleasing balance of classy silver, matte-black, and active orange to express the diverse character of this crossover vehicle.

Main Specifications

Body size (overall length × width × height): 4,520 × 1,920 × 1,570 mm
Wheelbase: 2,670 mm
Tire size: 245/50 R19
Seating capacity: 5 persons

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