Does it preview the next-generation Outback?

While it hasn’t introduced many brand-new models in recent years, Subaru was pretty busy showcasing new design features and technologies with a range of concepts under the Viziv name. The first one arrived in 2013, and since then Subaru has launched a new Viziv design each year. The latest iteration, known as the Viziv Tourer Concept, broke cover at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, and it features a five-door body layout.

Naturally, the Tourer shares many design features with previous Viziv concept cars. It also shares upcoming driver-assist technologies that we will find in production models starting 2020. But unlike some Viziv concepts, which featured hybrid powertrains, the Tourer uses a boxer engine only. The concept could preview a hatchback or wagon version of the WRX, but it could also be an early preview of the next-generation Outback.

Continue reading to learn more about the Subaru Viziv Tourer Concept.

Subaru Viziv Tourer Exterior

  • Dynamic x Solid design language
  • Aggressive front fascia
  • Carbon-fiber aero elements
  • Wagon-style rear end
  • Crossover-like wheel arches
2018 Subaru Viziv Tourer Concept Exterior
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Like its predecessors, the Viziv Touring sports the company’s new Dynamic x Solid design language

Like its predecessors, the Viziv Touring sports the company’s new Dynamic x Solid design language. However, it’s a bit more aggressive compared to Viziv models from the past. Up front, we can see the same hexagonal grille, but the headlamps are sharper, while the fender vents have muscular surrounds. The lower bumper features an aggressive splitter too that’s made from carbon-fiber, while the vent has a big vent that looks familiar from WRX models.

But while it may seem that the front fascia belongs to a WRX from the future, the profile boasts features we usually see on crossovers, such as the wheel arch inserts and the beefier side skirts. Both are made from carbon-fiber. On the other hand, the Viziv Tourer sits rather close to the ground, while the wheels and the tires weren’t designed for off-roading.

2018 Subaru Viziv Tourer Concept Exterior
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The profile boasts features we usually see on crossovers, such as the wheel arch inserts and the beefier side skirts

There are no door handles, while the conventional mirrors have been replaced by cameras. Despite the Tourer name, this concept is actually a sporty hatchback with a sloping roofline and small quarter windows. It also boasts muscular rear haunches, a rare feature on production crossovers.

The rear end is sporty too thanks to a sizable, carbon-fiber diffuser inserted into the bumper. The lower bumper also incorporates two vents on the sides and a pair of trapezoidal exhaust pipes. Two C-shaped taillights with thin LED strips and a tailgate spoiler round off the wagon look.

Subaru Viziv Tourer Interior

  • Four-seat layout
  • No photos
  • Enhanced practicality
2018 Subaru WRX High Resolution Interior
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Large touchscreen in the dash
*Interior from 2018 Subaru WRX
The only thing we know is that the hatchback has a four-seat layout

Subaru didn’t showcase the car’s interior, but this isn’t surprising since the Viziv Tourer is all about new exterior design. The only thing we know is that the hatchback has a four-seat layout, meaning there’s enhanced room for the rear passengers. Of course, this configuration won’t make it into production, as most wagons and hatchback provide seating for five people for enhanced functionality.

The concept is also equipped with the next-generation EyeSight system, which "reduces driver fatigue on long journeys and enable active enjoyment of driving with peace of mind." Other features include a new radar system and new GPS and navigation, all of which work together with EyeSight to give the car semi-autonomous drive and enable it to eliminate accidents.

Subaru also says that the Viziv Tourer boasts "enhanced utility and practicality" thanks to its bigger trunk, but no specifics are given.

Subaru Viziv Tourer Drivetrain

  • Boxer engine
  • Like the 2.5-liter flat-four
  • Symmetrical AWD
2018 Subaru Viziv Tourer Concept Exterior
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While some Viziv concepts from the past were hybrids; the Tourer is a gasoline-only vehicle

The Viziv Tourer is powered by a boxer engine, but Subaru didn’t release output and performance figures. Interestingly enough though, the Japanese firm chose to keep electric motors out of this car. While some Viziv concepts from the past were hybrids, the Tourer is a gasoline-only vehicle.

Given the design similarities with the WRX STi, the concept probably uses the same 2.5-liter flat-four engine. The production unit is rated at 305 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque. That’s plenty of oomph for either a WRX hatchback or an Outback model, but Subaru could definitely squeeze more from the 2.5-liter engine. As usual, Subaru has installed its familiar Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system.

Conclusion

2018 Subaru Viziv Tourer Concept Exterior
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Needless to say, the Viziv Tourer is one cool looking concept. It’s definitely my favorite so far, but it’s probably because I’m also a big fan of wagon body styles. Whether it previews an STI hatchback or an Outback remains a mystery, but what I can tell you for a fact is that the production model won’t be this sexy. Subaru is known for following gorgeous concept cars with dull production models, and I have a feeling this won’t change anytime soon. Hopefully, the Japanese company will take us by surprise this time around.

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    • * Likely to remain just a concept
    • * No interior shots

References

2013 Subaru Viziv Concept
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Read our full review on the 2013 Subaru Viziv Concept.

Subaru Viziv Performance Concept Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2017 Subaru Viziv Performance concept.

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