Subaru has seen a major drop in its sales since 2003, with a massive drop in annual sales from 11,600 to 2,500. With this in mind Subaru is planning to release two new models next year which are expected to boost its sales.

This revamped image means that Subaru will now be focusing on making its models more lifestyle oriented, as opposed to just performance based.

The new Subaru XV is one of those new revamped models.

The new XV is a compact crossover is smaller than the current Forester model - a large SUV - whilst it's interior "is the best we've ever had", according to Subaru engineers.

The XV is designed to take advantage of the current craze for smaller, more compact SUVs such as the Nissan Qashqai crossover and the Kia Sportage.

Being a crossover, interior space is vital and with the new Subaru XV is expected to have plenty of legroom for passengers, lots of small storage compartments, a conveniently large cargo area and a large multi-functional display.

With this spacious specification the XV will look to take on both the crossover and estate market in the UK, with family buyers very much at the forefront of Subaru's mind.

When it comes to actually being a crossover the XV is said to have the highest ground clearance of any compact crossover. Its exterior design elements include an aerodynamic looking body with things like 'hawk eye' headlights and sporty wheel arches and bumpers.

Engine wise the new XV comes with a choice of a 1.6-litre and a 2.0-litre petrol units. It also comes with a host of safety features such as brake assist functions, driver and passenger airbags which includes front and side airbags and electronic stability control which helps you on bumpy/hilly terrains.

The new Subaru XV is expected to make its production debut at the Tokyo show in November and will be on sale in March next year.

Prices have not been announced for the Subaru XV but Subaru's managing director Darren James expects sales to grow to 7,000 when the new model is introduced.