The Subaru XV is the latest crossover from the brand that led all other Japanese automakers into the car-based SUV market in the 1990s through the introduction of the Subaru Outback. Now larger and more capable, the Subaru Outback is still going strong and as the introduction of the Subaru XV at the Frankfurt Motor Show would seem to indicate, Subaru designers maintain an interest in exploring the crossover potential of its existing sedan and hatchback platforms.
The Subaru XV shares its platform with the Subaru Impreza, which means that it offers reasonably compact dimensions when it comes to length and width. Where it pulls ahead of the Impreza is in the ground clearance department, providing 8.6 inches of loft that gives the all-wheel drive crossover not only the ability to creep over small off-road obstacles, but also a more commanding view of the road thanks to a taller driver position. From a visual standpoint, the Subaru XV is clearly linked with the hatchback edition of the Impreza, although accented wheel arches, a more prominent front fascia and a tweaked rear bumper help to separate the two different automobiles.