Subaru, the rally-bred car specialist, has just unveiled the Subaru XV concept at the Shanghai Motor Show, a concept vehicle that is touted by the brand as the next generation of crossovers in the industry.

Subaru claims that the XV Concept has been specifically designed for customers seeking a vehicle offering the looks, benefits and packaging that stretch beyond the existing choice of crossover models. The new generation design concept car combines Subaru's crossover-like driving dynamic with what the designers describe as a "playful nature".

Inside, Subaru's designers have also worked hard on the nature of the interior design. The dynamic contours running from the front instrument panel, across the door panels and to the centre console have an engineered look while appearing stylish at the same time. A special white leather has been used as the base material for the seats, which creates a contrast with the darker tones used elsewhere. The combined use of sporty mesh with yellowgreen piping in selected areas of the interior, works to create a high quality, sporty finish.

A large touch-panel multi-information display has been installed in the centre panel, giving the driver easy control over navigation and audio systems as well as directly displaying vehicle information. Subaru's advanced driver support system EyeSight features, with an LCD monitor positioned between the two well-balanced and highly visible combination meters to allow the driver to check the images captured with the EyeSight's stereo cameras.

As with other Subaru models, the XV Concept comes powered by a horizontally opposed engine, but now mated with a continuously variable transmission.