Bigger is definitely better in the US, where the local Subaru affiliate recently announced the name of its first ‘crossover utility vehicle’, with seating for up to seven passengers.

Bigger is definitely better in the US, where the local Subaru affiliate recently announced the name of its first ‘crossover utility vehicle’, with seating for up to seven passengers.

The B9X will have its world premiere at the Detroit Auto Show early next year and represents a significant step into a new market for Subaru.

Fred Adcock, executive vice president of Subaru of America, said: “This vehicle represents more than just a new style of Subaru. With its fun-to-drive handling and interior flexibility, this is also a Subaru that will appeal to a larger audience.”

Equipped with Subaru’s now legendary Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system, it is a radical departure from the marque’s existing design language.

“The new B9X is the logical step for a current Legacy or Outback owner looking to move up in size, flexibility, feature content and refinement,” Adcock said.

Three key new design elements can be found on the vehicle, including a new grille and facia design. Two wings, harking to the manufacturers aeronautical history, flank the central airdam.

The vehicle will be built at Subaru’s Lafayette plant in Indiana, US.