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It appears that, as expected, the next-generation Subaru XV will follow the formula of the current car of being a more rugged version of the standard Impreza hatch when it is unveiled mid-2017.

According to CarAdvice, project senior manager of the product and portfolio planning division Masahiko Inoue said the car will continue using the C-segment hatch as base, adding a taller ride height, added plastic body cladding and different colours.

“[It will be the] same level as current Impreza and XV. The idea is the same – next-generation Impreza, next-generation XV,” he said. “Same concept, up and cute, higher road clearance, and some cladding, and some cute colours.”

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Inoue added that while the car will not feature any sheetmetal changes compared to the new Impreza, as it is now, the car will be further distanced in design. The car will continue to have a “funny wheel design [and] bright colours,” he said, but “this time the front grille – currently the front grille is almost the same – [but with the new XV] it will be more aggressive.”

This certainly follows the trend set by the XV Concept, which is set to preview the new car. The show car was very clearly derived from the Impreza hatch and sedan concepts revealed last year – although those were very much toned down for production – but with a new grille, additional body cladding, skid plates, bigger wheels and orange highlights.