Shanghai 2011: Subaru XV Concept

You know it's serious when an automaker invents a word to describe its concept vehicle. That's exactly what Subaru did when it unveiled the XV Concept at the opening of the 2011 Shanghai Motor Show. The term Subaru came up with is "protren". "Protren" is a blend of the words "professional tool" and "trendy design", and it's meant to describe this crossover. The concept is a matte-electrogreen that gives a peek into what a new Impreza Outback Sport would look like.

Although there was no mention of the Impreza at the show's opening, Subaru officials made it clear that the XV is representative of a new generation of crossover vehicles. It was also mentioned that the 2012 Impreza will probably match the concept in styling. The concept is powered by a 2.0-liter boxer-four connected to a continuously variable transmission that is most likely to be featured in the new Impreza.

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