Frankfurt Motor Show: Subaru XV

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Subaru's stand is playing host to the world premiere of the production version of its new XV at Frankfurt this year.

The small SUV will sit below the Forester in the Subaru range, and aims to take on the established small off-roaders such as the Ford Kuga, the Mitsubishi ASX and their like.

It claims to combine a spacious and functional interior with a stylish outside – an exterior that takes several styling influences from the smaller Impreza that the XV shares some of its underpinnings with, particularly around the rear three quarters.

The front end takes on the look of the most recent Subarus, with a hexagonal grille bisected by the large brand logo.

The XV will come with the option of one of three engines – a 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre petrol and a heavily reworked version of Subaru's boxer diesel engine that now features in all of its models.

Subaru also claims that, as well as reworking the engines to improve fuel economy, the XV will have a remarkably fast reacting start-stop system that can fire the engine up in as little as 0.2 seconds. This will be combined with an all new CVT automatic gearbox.