Subaru, one of the first brands to successfully target the subcompact crossover market, with the Crosstrek, is reloading with a redesigned 2018 model based on a new concept it pledges will raise the bar in the segment.
The five-seat XV concept unveiled at the Geneva auto show Tuesday illustrates Subaru’s new design language, dubbed Dynamic X Solid, planned for a new generation of vehicles.
The next-generation Crosstrek -- or XV in markets outside the U.S. -- will share a new modular platform with the redesigned and re-engineered Impreza compact car that goes on sale later this year.
Subaru says the new design elements show “the powerful form of a crossover, and a quality feel beyond its class -- previewing the design direction of the next-generation Subaru XV.
“The dynamism is enhanced by well-placed character lines on the compact body shape,” Subaru added.
The XV concept features a hexagonal grille and hawk-eye headlights, hallmarks of Subaru styling. The crossover has an athletic and sporty look that ties it to the new appearance of the Impreza.