Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) has announced that the all-new Subaru XV will make its global debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March. To go along with the announcement, the company also launched a dedicate website with a countdown timer, as well as release its first teaser image of the crossover.

While the former is a great way to pass the time, watching the timer tick itself down, the latter is a whole lot more interesting. The darkened photo you see here shows us the new car’s profile, which looks nearly identical to the Impreza five-door hatchback (pictured below) that was launched in Singapore recently, albeit with roof rails, a higher ride height, funky wheels and plastic cladding to suit its “go-anywhere” persona.

This isn’t much of a surprise as we’ve already known from an earlier report that the next-generation XV will follow the same recipe as the current car, which also includes borrowing the same platform as its C-segment sibling. In this case, it is the Subaru Global Platform, which provides an improved overall vehicle performance thanks to various enhancements you can read about, here.

Other design highlights that are to be expected on the XV include C-shaped headlamps and taillights; a prominent character that flows over both wheels and just beneath the beltline; as well as the latest ‘Dynamic x Solid’ styling cues showcased on the XV concept from last year.

As for powertrains, the XV will be offered with a range of Subaru boxer engines paired with the company’s Lineartronic CVT and Symmetrical AWD system. Hybrid models with an electric motor will also likely make their way to specific markets.

Interested? Well, the new XV is set to arrive in Malaysia this year, according to Glenn Tan, executive director of Tan Chong International, who had also previously stated that the company’s Segambut plant would be ready in time to produce next-generation Subaru models that area underpinned by the Subaru Global Platform, like the XV.

GALLERY: Subaru XV Concept from the 2016 Geneva Motor Show


GALLERY: Subaru Impreza five-door hatchback at the 2017 Singapore Motor Show