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2019 Subaru Levorg Prototype

2019 Subaru Levorg Prototype

The near-production model will arrive in Japan in the second half of 2020

Subaru has pulled the covers off the all-new Levorg wagon, ushering in the second-generation version of what has become one of the most popular wagons in Japan. The Subaru Levorg Prototype isn’t the final production model. It is, as Subaru deftly calls it, a near-production “prototype” of the second-generation wagon that will arrive in the Japanese market in the second half of 2020. The Levorg isn’t going to the U.S. market, but some of the new and updated technologies that are being showcased by the prototype in Tokyo will find their way to America in some form or fashion. In the absence of the actual wagon heading Stateside, we’ll take our victories where we can get them.

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2019 Subaru Viziv Adrenaline Concept

2019 Subaru Viziv Adrenaline Concept

A Mysterious New Crossover Concept From Subaru Could Showcase The Next Crosstrek

Expectedly, Subaru is among the first ones to jump onto the wagon of endless teasers released before an auto show to introduce us to a new vehicle. In this case, the Japanese company we all adore released a really dark teaser of what is called the Subaru Viziv Adrenaline Concept. It is the seventh Viziv concept since 2013, and it definitely projects what will become an all-new car. Well, in the case of the Viziv Adrenaline Concept - what will become an all-new crossover. Because, of course, it is a crossover. Maybe even one that will evolve like a Pokemon into the next Crosstrek.

Subaru is really, like really, really secretive about it for now, but I did find out a thing or two about it and can make some logical conclusions.

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2018 Subaru Viziv Tourer Concept

2018 Subaru Viziv Tourer Concept

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.

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Subaru Viziv Performance Concept

Subaru Viziv Performance Concept

A hopeful preview of the new WRX… maybe

Subaru just revealed its latest ultra-sleek concept model at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. Dubbed the Viziv Performance (Viziv is shorthand for “Vision for Innovation”), this Scooby is the latest in a series of concept cars to bear the Viziv name, rocking an aggressive exterior and tons of speedy visual cues. This is also the very first four-door sedan to come from the concept line, which can only mean one thing – this is what Subaru’s designers imagine for the next WRX. The emphasis is on driving fun and attention-grabbing details, both of which the Viziv Performance manages to accomplish, at least on paper. So then, what does it say about the brand’s favorite rally star? Read on for details.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Subaru Viziv Performance Concept.

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2017 Subaru Ascent

2017 Subaru Ascent

Previews Subaru’s next-generation seven-seat SUV

It’s no longer a secret that Subaru wants to bring the seven-passenger SUV back to the U.S., but the 2017 New York Auto Show confirms that the vehicle is very close to arriving in dealerships. Specifically, Subaru announced that the Ascent concept will go on sale in 2018 as a spiritual successor for the Tribeca. Based on the Viziv-7 concept showcased in 2016, the Ascent is much closer to production form, but it will likely lose some of its features before hitting the assembly line.

Subaru’s confirmation of the seven-seat SUV and Ascent name comes after 64 months of consecutive record-breaking sales in the United States. The Japanese firm has been growing slowly but steady in North America, and it now needs to step into new markets to keep the hype alive. A seven-seat hauler seems like a safe bet, especially with not so many companies offering this type of layout nowadays. The Ascent will be built at Subaru of Indiana plant in Lafayette and won’t be sold outside North America. Until the production model arrives, let’s find out more about the concept car in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Subaru Ascent concept.

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2017 Subaru VIZIV-7 SUV Concept

2017 Subaru VIZIV-7 SUV Concept

A concept that previews Subaru’s next big thing – a three-row SUV!

Does the Viziv name sound familiar to you? Well, it should because that’s the name Subaru has used for a large SUV concept not once, not twice, but now three times. It started back in 2013 with the Subaru Viziv Concept that debuted with a funky set of side doors at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. A couple of years later, Subaru showed up at the Tokyo Motor Show with the 2015 Subaru Viziv Future Concept. That second iteration was more toned down that then first – the funky doors were gone – but the interior was still heavily futuristic. Fast forward to the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show and Subaru was back at it again with the Viziv-7 Concept, a model that showcases what a large, three-row SUV from Subaru will look like when it makes its debut in 2018. To date, we have yet to see the inside of the concept – the doors were even locked at the show, with the interior hidden away by tinted windows – but as far as the exterior goes, this baby is ready to go into production.

As far as SUV’s and crossovers go, Subaru doesn’t have much. There’s the Compact Subaru Outback, which isn’t really as much a crossover or SUV as it is a wagon with jacked up suspension. Then there’s the Crosstrek, which is an Impreza with a raised roof and suspension, and then there’s the Forester, which in every sense of the word is an SUV, but it’s still in the compact segment. That means that Subaru has some room to grow if it really wants to compete in the world of gas guzzlers that is the American SUV Market. The production model derived from the Viziv-7 will fit more in the large-SUV category and will compete against the likes of models like the GMC Yukon, Toyota Sequoia, Nissan Armada, Chevy Tahoe, and Ford Expedition, to name a small handful.

Needless to say,Subaru has its work cut out for it if it expects its newest SUV to gain any traction at all in the market. The competition is stiff, and for folks buying in this segment, fuel economy isn’t as important as the number of passengers something can haul or the cargo space available. With that said, let’s take a better look at the Viziv-7 concept and talk about what we can expect from the future model it represents.

Continue reading to learn more about the Subaru VIZIV-7 SUV Concept.

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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

Subie looks ahead to the future with new SUV concept

The Subaru Viziv Concept turned a lot of heads at the Geneva Motor Show when it first debuted 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 with 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.

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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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2013 Subaru WRX Concept

2013 Subaru WRX Concept

Subaru decided to surprise us at the 2013 New York Auto Show with two world debuts: first was theXV Crosstrek hybrid and the second one is an all-new performance concept car called WRX and built as a preview version for the upcoming WRX high-performance sedan.

The new WRX Concept car is bringing a new design language with a larger and bolder grille with a three-dimensional mesh pattern and a large powerbulge that that indicates this beast has something special lurking beneath.

The concept also offers new hawk-eye headlights and a carbon-fiber roof that helps reduce the car’s weight even more and in the same time lower the car’s total weight. The overall height of the WRX concept is slightly lower, dropping the center of gravity even closer to the pavement.

The concept’s rear features a dramatically curved trunk lid, a wide rear bumper and large quad tailpipes for the car’s sports exhaust system.

This WRX concept doesn’t only boast a new and more aggressive body. It also includes an all-new turbocharged engine that Subaru has not released any information on. The current Subaru Impreza WRX currently offers up a 2.5-liter boxer-four engine that delivers 265 horsepower and 244 pound-feet of torque, but we expect to see something nearing the 300-horsepower range.

The concept unveiled in New York is painted in a cool "WR Blue Pearl III" exterior paint combined with fluorescent Yellow insertions on the front grille, the brake calipers and the exhaust tip finishers. The concept sits on BBS "RI-D" One Piece Forged Duralumin wheels wrapped in 245/40ZR20 Dunlop tires.

Updated 03/28/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

Updated 04/05/2013: Subaru has unveiled a new video featuring Osamu Namba - General Manager of Design Dept, Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. talking about the new WRX Concept.

Hit the jump to read Subaru’s press release.

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2013 Subaru Viziv Concept

2013 Subaru Viziv Concept

The Geneva Motor Show is set to host one of the biggest showcases of concept cars for the entire year. It seems that every automaker is bringing a concept to the show and, as expected, that includes Japanese automaker Subaru.

One of Subaru’s concept offerings is the Viziv Crossover, a concept model that is expected to preview the next-generation styling language of Subaru’s crossover lineup along with new technologies that the automaker is fixing to use for its future models.
Although there’s only one teaser image to look at, there are plenty of notable features about the Viziv Concept that you can take notice of. The most significant, obviously, are those outrageous slit-like LED headlights that, while awesome in concept guise, we’re not entirely sure will ever make it past the concept phase. A trapezoidal grille is also prominently shown in the teaser as is what looks like a front spoiler.

It’ll be interesting to see what Subaru did with the Viziv Crossover Concept. The early returns are definitely promising and if we do say so ourselves, we’re looking forward to seeing the whole thing when the Geneva Motor Show opens its doors in a month’s time.

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