Okay, the bright yellow-green shade isn’t the only thing that’s funky about the Subaru’s Shanghai debutant, the XV Concept crossover. The key design concept for it is too – “Protren” then is the word for the day, and it’s coined from the terms “professional tool” and “trendy design.”

Supposedly, it expresses the integration of “authentic functionality as a professional tool” and “urban and stylish design.” Well, yes, whatever works, then. The product itself is simpler to digest – the front of the vehicle contains standard design elements that are common to the Subaru stable, including the new hexagon grille, winged motif and hawk-eye headlights.

At the back, the vehicle features the hexagonal design as in front, and more hexagons engraved into the clear blue base under the license plate complement the consistent design theme. The black lower bumper and wheel arch protection, combined with the car’s metallic highlights, underline its crossover status.

The XV wears a distinctive five-spoke alloy wheel design which features contrasting silver spokes, black rims and clear blue centre caps, chosen to intentionally generate more flash. Not that the exterior matte shade, called Electro Yellowgreen, isn’t striking enough already. Elsewhere, the XV features a roof with a continuous glass sheet and metallic/clear-finish roof rails.

The interior gets a silvery white leather finish – with yellowgreen piping – for the seats, which provides a distinct contrast to the dark interior trim. The concept features Subaru’s Eyesight advanced driving assist system; a LCD monitor positioned between the two well-balanced and highly visible combination meters allows the driver to check the images captured with the EyeSight’s stereo cameras.

Measuring in at 4,450 mm long, 1,800 mm wide and 1,620 mm tall, with a 2,635 mm wheelbase, the XV Concept is equipped with a 2.0 litre Boxer engine, mated to a Lineartronic CVT gearbox. The five-seater sits on 19-inch wheels wrapped with 245/45 series tyres.

Photos after the jump.

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