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2016 Subaru XV Concept

2016 Subaru XV Concept

Could this preview the next-generation XV Crosstrek?

Subaru has used two of the more recent auto shows – Tokyo in October 2015 and Los Angeles in November 2015 – to introduce a pair of Impreza-based concepts that hinted at the future of the brand’s most recognizable model. For reasons that we didn’t know at that time, the Japanese automaker skipped on making another follow up in Detroit and Chicago. But as it turns out, Subaru saved the third model under the Impreza umbrella for the2016 Geneva Motor Show. So here it is, folks, the Subaru XV Concept.

The high-riding XV Concept is headed to Geneva with an all-new look that follows in the footsteps of its Impreza counterparts. That look is defined by the company’s new Dynamic X Solid design language, which Subaru plans to adopt to its new generation of vehicles.

Actual details are scarce, at least outside of the exterior, but with the concept as close to a production version as you can get out of Subaru, there is some belief that the production version will look close to what the automaker is bringing to Geneva. There’s no timetable yet on when the actual next-gen XV Crosstrek will be released, but with the current model on the receiving end of a recent mid-life facelift, 2018 would be the earliest possible date to see the next-generation version. For now, let’s take a long, hard look at the XV Concept.

Continue after the jump to read the full review.

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2015 Subaru Impreza Sedan Concept

2015 Subaru Impreza Sedan Concept

The Subaru Impreza has been around since 1992 when it was released as a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback. Since then, it has seen three generations, with its latest generation debuting in 2011. It’s only been four years, but Subaru has been working on a replacement, which has led us to the debut of two new Impreza concepts.

The Subaru Impreza Five-Door concept debuted at the 2015 Tokyo Auto Show, but we have had to wait to see what Subaru has put together for the Impreza Sedan Concept. Now that the Los Angeles Auto Show is underway, that wait is finally over, and we’ve finally gotten to see the sexy sedan that is the Subaru Sedan Concept.

After seeing the Five-Door Concept, we speculated that the sedan would share a lot of the same design queues as the Impreza Five-Door Concept. Our speculations were dead on, as the cars do share the same front end, but the sedan still has a look all its own. That gentle slope to the rear end and the bright red finish really makes the sedan stand out a lot more that the five-door variant ever did. So, now that the sheet has been pulled off the new sedan, let’s take a deeper look at this exciting new concept.

Updated 11/23/2015: We added a series of new images taken during the concept’s official debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Continue reading to learn more about the Subaru Impreza Sedan Concept.

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2015 Subaru Impreza 5-Door Concept

2015 Subaru Impreza 5-Door Concept

Launched for the 2012 model year, the fourth-generation Subaru Impreza still has what it takes to give its competitors a run for their money, but a successor is right around the corner. Though Subaru has yet to reveal when the fifth-gen compact will arrive, word has it the big unveiling is planned for 2016, with sales to commence for the 2017 model year. However, with the Impreza 5-Door Concept now on display at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show,, we’ll have a close look at the redesigned model sooner than expected.

Subaru had very little to say about the Impreza 5-Door Concept and how much of it will make it on the next-generation model, but it did mention that the study hints at "the design direction not only of the new Impreza but of Subaru’s future models as a whole." Don’t get too excited though, Subaru has a long history of showing awesome concepts only to follow up with mundane production models. Unless someone at Fuji Heavy Industries decides it’s time for a new strategy, the next Impreza will probably leave us a bit disappointed.

The 5-Door Concept is one of ten vehicles Subaru showcases in Tokyo. Other exhibits include the Viziv Future Concept, WRX S4 SportVita, Forester X-Break, and BRZ GT300.

Updated 10/28/2015: Subaru dropped the official details on the new Impreza 5-Door Concept car which previews the next-generation Impreza. According to Subaru, the next Impreza will be the first vehicle to adopt FHI’s Mid-Term Management Vision "Prominence 2020" announced back in 2014.

Continue reading to learn more about the Subaru Impreza 5-Door Concept.

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2015 Subaru Viziv Future Concept

2015 Subaru Viziv Future Concept

It might not be immediately obvious, but what you are looking at here is a preview of the next generation of the Subaru Legacy. The current generation of the Legacy is still pretty new, but that just means that Subaru has a lot of time to play around with wacky concepts in order to gauge the public response to various aspects of the design. This concept is called the Viziv Future Concept, and it will be officially debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show. The concept is semi-autonomous, has two fewer doors than the production version of the Legacy and features a wacky sci-fi interior, but there is some very clear evolution of current Subaru ideas in this car.

The name Viziv is said to be a shortening of “vision for innovation”, and is therefore pretty standard concept fare. Also pretty standard for a concept is the bikes that the concept is carrying, a car show trope that signals a car for active/young people to use for active and young things. Subaru can at least be commended for choosing bikes that match the car so well. And the truth is that the Legacy is good for those sorts of things and this future one probably would be too.

Continue reading to learn more about the Subaru Viziv Future Concept

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2015 Subaru STI Performance Concept

2015 Subaru STI Performance Concept

Here in the U.S., the Subaru STI is the most extreme version of the WRX all-wheel-drive performance compact, but in Japan, there are STI versions of numerous Subaru products. That could soon be the case in North America as well, as the unveiling of the Subaru STI Performance Concept at the New York Auto Show indicates the brand’s intent to expand STI’s offering’s on this side of the ocean.

The BRZ-based STI Performance Concept heralds Subaru’s announcement that its race-engineering arm will expand its lineup of dealer-installed high-performance parts. This also means more STI models. In Japan, both the BRZ and Forester have high-performance versions modified by STI. There’s a good chance that a car similar to the hot BRZ on Subaru’s stage will make it to the streets.

Continue reading to learn more about the Subaru STI Performance Concept.

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2015 Subaru Viziv GT Vision Gran Turismo

2015 Subaru Viziv GT Vision Gran Turismo

More than a year after the BMW Vision Gran Turismo broke cover at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, Subaru is joining the virtual fray with the Viziv GT Vision Gran Turismo Concept, a plug-in hybrid racer that has about as many pointy edges as a Transformer. A quick look at the concept reveals a lot about Subaru’s design strategy for this car, beginning with the headlight and taillight casings that look similar to the Viziv 2 Concept that was unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The Gran Turismo-exclusive concept also has a dramatically contoured hood with a pair of air intakes, pronounced fenders, slit-like side mirrors, and a massive rear wing that appears to be split in two and integrated into the sloping glass roof.

In other words, it’s a concept that fits right in with all the other Vision Gran Turismo Concepts we’ve seen throughout 2014.

Subaru hasn’t announced when it will debut the Viziv GT Vision Gran Turismo Concept, but it took the wraps off the virtual race car right before the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. The Viziv GT Vision is scheduled to arrive "soon" with Gran Turismo’s 1.14 update, which gives us plenty of time to talk about it before hooning it on the world’s greatest race tracks.

Click past the jump to read more about the Subaru Viziv GT Vision Gran Turismo.

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2014 Subaru Viziv 2 Concept

2014 Subaru Viziv 2 Concept

The Subaru Viziv Concept turned a lot of heads at the Geneva Motor Show last year and like a company that knows it has a good thing on its hands, Subaru is coming back to the scene of the show-stopping crime to present a worthy — we hope — sequel to the Viziv Concept.

The new concept is smartly named the Viziv 2 Concept and its a pretty clear indication by now that Subaru isn’t just toying us with these prototypes. The company has plans for these concepts and we’re probably going to get our first look at a new crossover that will become a stalwart in the Subaru lineup.

Accompanying the announcement of the Viziv 2 Concept’s attendance at Geneva is a single teaser photo of the concept, and based on what we’re seeing, the front fascia will carry a rather different look than its predecessor. The edgy C-shaped headlights are more distinct than last year’s funky look. For one, it appears that the whole configuration is more production-looking than before with striking LEDs found inside the curvy light fixture. Fog lamps are also clearly visible, although the design of it looks a little weird, if not a tad too ornamental.

More details are expected to arrive regarding the Viziv 2 Concept once the 2014 Geneva Motor Show opens its doors.

Click past the jump to read more about the original Subaru Viziv Concept.

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Subaru to Bring Five LEVORG Concepts to the 2014 Tokyo Auto Salon

Well, that didn’t take long.

The Subaru LEVORG Concept — it wasn’t so much a concept, actually, but more of a near-production model — made its debut at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show and Subaru isn’t wasting any time developing a multitude of concepts based on the sports wagon.

There are five concepts in total, all of which somehow carry the "LEVORG" nomenclature: the LEVORG STI Performance, the LEVORG Premium Sports, the LEVORG Prova, the LEVORG Syms and, the LEVORG Corazon Sportier.

To be honest, we don’t know a whole lot about these concepts, other than the obvious that they all share the LEVORG name. Other than that, it’s matter of deciphering the names and figuring out which of these concepts will in all likelihood get our attention.

The most obvious is the LEVORG STI Performance, which contains the three most awesome letters of Subaru’s alphabet: S-T-I. There’s also the LEVORG Premium Sports, which we imagine to be somewhere along the lines of a BRZ-derived sports car that doesn’t pack quite as much power as the STI Performance.

As for the other three, those names (Prova, Syms, and Corazon Sportier) don’t do a whole lot in kick-starting our imaginations. Nevertheless, we’re still looking forward to seeing all five LEVORG concepts when they make their debuts at the 2014 Tokyo Auto Salon this coming January.

Click past the jump to read about the original LEVORG Concept.

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2013 Subaru Vision Gran Turismo Concept

2013 Subaru Vision Gran Turismo Concept

The Vision Gran Turismo project really is unlike anything we’ve seen in the industry. It’s a massive project that involves more than a handful of automakers, as well as some companies with no direct ties to the auto industry, all with the objective of creating one-off concepts that will be exclusively used in Gran Turismo 6.

As of today, only two concepts have been revealed — the BMW Vision Gran Turismo and the Mercedes-Benz Vision Gran Turismo — but as the days go by, more and more companies are dropping teasers of their respective one-offs.

Toyota did it last week and now, Subaru is joining in on the fun with its own side teaser of its Vision Gran Turismo Concept.

As you can expect, the sporty silhouette of the Subaru Vision Gran Turismo Concept reveals a cutting-edge design that does justice to the concept of the whole collaborative project. Diffusers on both the front and rear end appear to bulge out, giving the concept a more robust look. Meanwhile, the roof looks like it extends past where it should be and actually has brake lights set up on it too. There’s also a huge rear spoiler (no suprise there), a fancy set of wheels, and a shooting brake-like figure that we don’t normally see from a Subaru concept.

Click past the jump to read about the BMW and Mercedes-Benz Vision Gran Turismo Concepts

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2013 Subaru Cross Sport Design Concept

2013 Subaru Cross Sport Design Concept

If you’re wondering why the Subaru BRZ suddenly morphed into an SUV, don’t worry, your eyes aren’t deceiving you.

This is a completely different car from the popular sports coupe; actually, it’s not so much of an actual car as it is a concept on what the BRZ could look like if it was given the full sport utility treatment.

The concept is called the Cross Sport Design and it’s on display at the Tokyo Motor Show. Those are about all the details we have of the vehicle, other than the obvious fact that it looks really sweet with the BRZ-inspired design, complete with the coupe-like stance, the unmistakable BRZ headlamps, the distinctive grille, the stylish fenders and those massive wheels.

According to Subaru, the Cross Sport Design Concept is the final product of a project that wanted to combine the essence of sport and utility in one design,There are a lot of ways that Subaru could have interpreted that, but we’re pretty happy that they choice this route to do so.

We’re pretty excite to see what the Cross Sport Design Concept has to offer.

Click past the jump to read more about the inspiration for the concept, the mighty and popular Subaru BRZ, and to see more shots of the Cross Sport Design Concept.

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2013 Subaru Legacy Concept

2013 Subaru Legacy Concept

The current-generation Subaru Legacy was unveiled in 2009 and for the car’s 25th anniversary, Subaru decided to reveal the new generation. Subaru will display a preview of the new model at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, and the production version should arrive sometime in 2014.

As revealed by the concept, the next Legacy will adopt a new exterior appearance, with the company’s latest hexagonal grille and a sharper hawk-eye headlamp design. Also, Subaru promised it will offer plenty of new technology and a more comfortable interior for all four passengers. It also promises to take Subaru’s brand value of "driving enjoyment and peace of mind" to a completely new level.

The new Subaru Legacy Concept will make its official debut on November 20th, 2013 and will be displayed at Subaru’s booth in L.A.

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2014 Subaru LEVORG Concept

2014 Subaru LEVORG Concept

The Tokyo Motor Show is shaping up quite nicely, and Subaru will be on hand to present a handful of concepts, including one that’s Suby is calling the LEVORG Concept.

The etymology of the LEVORG name apparently was taken from a combination of "Legacy", "revolution", and "touring," a three-name combo that leaves us a little confused, honestly.

But hey, it’s Subaru’s concept so we’re going to stick with what its decisions for it are, including the name.

The Japanese automaker is touting the LEVORG Concept as a "sports tourer" that will serve as a preview for a production model that will be launched next year in Japan, with the possibility of getting some international love if vehicle meets the company’s expectations.

Subaru also released a handful of teaser photos of the LEVORG Concept and from the images, it looks like the tourer carries the same design language that Subaru is using these days on a handful of its new models, including those slanted headlights that we also saw on the 2013 Subaru WRX Concept. A fancy set of alloy wheels are also part of the concept’s package, as will be a horizontally-opposed 1.6-liter turbocharged engine.

No details on performance numbers have been released but we imagine the car to get something along the lines of 150 horsepower and 155 pound-feet of torque.

Click past the jump to read about the potential predecessor of the LEVORG Concept, the Impreza Tourer

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