This is the future of Subaru’s design language and, truth be told, it's hard to decipher.They call it the XV crossover, it's 4.45m long, 1.8m wide and finished in a similar hue to Ford’s Focus RS’s signature colour – Shrek green, although Subaru classes it as "Electro Yellowgreen". XV is not an unfamiliar badge; the crossover was launched locally in early 2011 but many fear this XV design study could provide input for Subaru’s next-generation Impreza. Power comes from the now familiar horizontally-opposed two-litre four and drive is sent to all four wheels – as is the case with most Subaru products.DISGUISED FUTURE IMPREZA?Subaru says XV concept encapsulates the company’s new Protren design concept. Allegedly it is a phrase coined from a combination of "professional tool" and "trendy design" – don’t worry, we can’t fathom it either. As a company Subaru has never been known for its particularly harmonious or stylish designs. Robust mechanical bits, engaging driving dynamics – these are signature Subaru design features. Pretty cars? No.With XV the company is trying to redress this issue. It says XV is a crossover. It says the lines are electric and those 19-inch alloy wheels, with their contrasting silver spokes, black rims and blue centre-caps are not ridiculous. If a radical departure is needed to move Subaru’s design forward, then the XV is it. Although the traditional Subaru hexagon grille is retained, XV’s hawk-eye headlights and taillights are not from the Fuji Heavy industries parts bin. This is an all new car - and new is good, right?BIZARRE BLENDOverall, the proportions are more SUV than crossover, particularly when viewed from the side, where XV’s long nose overhang (almost Legacy-like) is noticeable. Inside, the XV is a bizarre blend of current and future Subaru cabin architecture and design. The steering wheel is lifted off Subaru’s current models and it even has a girdle-operated parking brake, which is amazingly backward if one considers the new Legacy (launched in 2010) has a push-pull electrically actuated parking brake. On the credit side, Subaru’s added a large multifunction display to the centre fascia, illuminating vehicle information, navigation and infotainment functionality in a contemporary manner. The XV’s technological halo feature is Subaru’s "EyeSight" system – a collection of cameras relaying images captured whilst XV is on the move. If you desire a really (literally) green crossover, the XV concept - set go on display at the Shanghai auto show this week - should fulfill all your requirements.