The XV is based on the company’s new Global Platform that is also used for the new Impreza.
While Subaru's trademark flat-four 'boxer' engines are retained at the heart of the new vehicle architecture, the Global Platform features stronger joints that, according to Subaru, reduce vibration while increasing rigidity for improved steering, ride, handling and refinement.
Another feature of this base is a rear anti-roll bar mounted directly to the frame to cut body roll by up to 50%.
The new XV’s chassis also places the engines 5mm lower to bring the centre of gravity down. It sticks with all-wheel drive but in Subaru's words the car is aimed at "urban adventurers", which suggests it is not intended as a full-blooded off-roader.
Alongside revised versions of the 2.0-litre petrol and turbodiesel engines, a new hybrid powertrain is expected to be offered.
Subaru has sold a hybrid XV in Japan and the USA, but this new model is expected to come to Europe. The Global Platform has been developed specifically with this in mind and can also be used for a full electric vehicle.
Longer and wider than the outgoing XV, the new model also promises greater interior space, but it will be five-seater, rather than offering seven seats.
The new XV is expected to go on sale in the UK in the second half of 2017.