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Subaru previews all-new XV crossover

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Tokyo - Subaru has confirmed that the new XV crossover will make its world debut on 7 March at the Geneva Motor Show.

Its media release gives no details of the new entry-level crossover, and it’s accompanied by just this one atmospheric teaser shot, but that actually tells us quite a lot.

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This teaser shot shows production XV hasn’t strayed far from the XV Concept shown at the 2016 Geneva show.

The two-box silhouette with its swoopy roofline shows that the production XV hasn’t strayed far from the XV Concept shown at the 2016 Geneva show, retaining its tucked-up tail, prominent roof rails and chunky alloys.

It’s also known that the new XV will be basically a raised and ruggedised development of the new Impreza, built on the same global modular platform, and that it will definitely have a version of Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel drive.

Subaru has promised more information closer to the time on its XV microsite but, given its close family relationship to the Impreza, we’d expect to find a 115kW, two-litre boxer four under the bonnet, with either a six-speed manual or CVT transmission.

Subaru product senior manager Masahiko Inoue has also hinted at ‘electrification in the range’, which raises the possibility of a 1.6-litre turbopetrol linked to a platter-shaped electric motor in place of a flywheel - although that would be an unlikely candidate for SA release.

As soon as we hear more - so will you.

IOL Motoring

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