Geneva Motor Show LIVE: Subaru XV concept image

The Japanese specialty marquee is looking to rekindle its success in Europe after being one of the most promising brands in terms of sales in the United States.

Subaru is enjoying such tremendous popularity in North America it’s been able to alleviate any concerns about its wellbeing and refocus its strategy on rebuilding a solid reputation in other parts of the world. For example Europe, where the automaker has lost tremendous ground in terms of sales and popularity after ditching the world of rally motorsport. Subaru is hoping to change that alongside its design philosophy in the near future and the all new XV concept is the shape of things to come. The styling cues seen here on the XV will then perspire not just on the next generation XV crossover but also bleed on the majority of future models.

Subaru XV Concept Geneva 2016 07

And the concept doesn’t even look too farfetched from the production line, featuring Subaru’s new DYNAMIC X SOLID design language. As far as we can tell, the next generation XV crossover will be sportier and feature a dynamic stance with sharp lines and a hexagonal grille in between the LED hawk-eye headlights. Since we’re dealing with a crossover we have front and rear aluminum underbody protection and plastic body cladding. Proportions have been altered a bit compared to the current XV – the concept is shorter and wider but has the same wheelbase. The prototype also rides on big 19-inch alloy wheels that use clunky 245/50 tires. The body is painted in a new hue called blue-gray and has contrasting orange accents – the side reveals two pronounced character lines and the door handles are flush with the body for a cleaner appearance.