As if proof were needed that Subaru appear to have finally found their design mojo, the company chose to use the 2016 Geneva Motor Show to unveil this, the Subaru XV Concept.

And we think it looks awesome.

Although still recognisably an XV, it boasts much stronger rear haunches, a more tapered roof-line, and more pronounced use of rufty-tufty detailing, such as the enlarged skid plate motifs front and rear, the scratch-resistant wheel-arch extensions, and the orange-accented roof bars.

Subaru staples such as the ‘hawk-eye’ headlights, hexagonal front grille, and C-shaped tail-lights reminiscent of the Levorg also make an appearance.

The colour – Glacier Khaki Silica – is said to evoke the appearance of glacier ice, with detailing on the bumpers, grille, and 19-inch wheels picked out in orange.

Technical details about the car are thin on the ground, except for its external dimensions – 4,520mm long, 1,920mm wide, 1,570mm high, and with a 2,670mm wheelbase.

Takeshi Tachimori, Corporate Executive Vice President of Fuji Heavy Industries, did say, however, that the next generation XV would make use of a new platform – dubbed the Subaru Global Platform – that would also underpin the forthcoming new Impreza.

All we can say is: we hope they build it.

Because this thing makes the Tribeca feel like a distant memory.

Alex

Editor

Freelance journalist, ex-offroad driving instructor and long distance road-tripper. If you have any questions about this piece, feel free to drop me a line on Twitter.