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The world has a better idea of what the next-gen Subaru Crosstrek will look like.

Subaru released a teaser photo of the 2018 Crosstrek Monday and confirmed that the crossover is to make its global debut in March at the Geneva auto show.

The teaser photo hints that the Crosstrek will incorporate some design elements from the XV Concept shown at the 2016 Geneva show, including similar taillights and a sporty, flowing side profile.

The next-generation Crosstrek will be based on the new global platform under the redesigned Impreza that went on sale in late 2016.

When the crossover was launched in the U.S. in fall 2012, it was known as the XV Crosstrek. Subaru dropped XV from the U.S. name in 2015. 

In markets outside the U.S., the vehicle is known as the XV. A Subaru spokesman noted that the second-generation version will continue to be known as the Crosstrek in the U.S.

The redesigned Crosstrek comes as Subaru is cashing in on the market shift to crossovers.

The automaker is targeting a 9 percent surge in 2017 U.S. sales, for a ninth straight year of record U.S. results. 

Subaru sold 95,677 Crosstreks in the U.S. in 2016, up 7.6 percent from 2015, good for third place in the brand’s lineup. Overall, the automaker sold a record 615,132 vehicles in 2016 in the U.S., a 5.6 percent increase from the previous record of 582,675 sales in 2015.

Subaru hints at next-gen Crosstrek styling” was originally published at Automotive News on 1/25/17.

By Jack Walsworth at Automotive News