2019 Subaru Viziv Adrenaline Concept
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.
The 2019 Crosstrek is Subaru’s first plug-in hybrid vehicle, and it’s set to go on sale in 2019. Like all PHEVs, it has some all-electric range, and it can even cruise close to highway speeds on electricity alone. And, when its gasoline engine and electrification work in tandem, it can result in excellent fuel economy figures. Unlike many plug-in versions of regular models, the Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t really shout about what it is. There are some details that give it away, though and if one passes by in full EV mode, the lack of engine sound will also give it away. Inside it’s quite simple and minimalist, and far less extravagant to look a than any modern plug-in Toyota and Honda model. But, it does have a decent infotainment screen and the build quality does make up for its lack of design flair to a degree.
Update 12/3/2018: We’ve updated this review with new images taken at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Check them out in the gallery below!
Is Subaru working on a mid-engined sports car?
Just before the start of the Paris Motor Show, the world of cars was bathed with revived rumors about a Subaru mid-engined sports car. Japanese motoring journal, Best Car, reported that Subaru is working on a new mid-engine sports car that will “arrive soon.” These rumors have been additionally fueled by the fact that similar ones appeared in 2016. It must be true then! Subaru is working on a mid-engined sports car! Or, is it?
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Batteries and Motors: Even the Subaru WRX STI is Gonna Get ‘Em
Evs and hybrids are slowly taking hold and, wouldn’t you know it, an exec from Subaru just hinted that the next Subaru WRX STI could go hybrid as well. That’s the word from David Dello Stritto – Subaru’s Sales and Market Manager in Europe – who told Autocar that the current 2.5-liter, whistling, boxer-four just “can simply not exist in the future.” He didn’t go into detail other than that, really, but did say that “Subaru is looking at market developments” and will “make its future plan with this information in mind.” Does it mean that the Subaru WRX STI as we know it will perish after the end of its current lifecycle? Nope; and all of this hybrid talk could be a very good thing.
See, that 2.5-liter, turbocharged mill is just kind of old school and a little dirty. To put it simply, it can’t keep up with emissions regulations that are getting stricter by the minute (not literally, but they might as well be.) This has caused a number of cars to be axed altogether, and if that happened to the WRX and STI, then you know they would probably come back as an SUV as Mitsubishi has done with the Eclipse name. Thank God that’s not going to happen here. Instead, rumor has it that the next WRX STI, which will be built on the same Global Platform that supports the new Impreza, will get its go-juice from a 2.0-liter boxer engine up front (turbo of course) and a motor-driven axle out back, something that would allow Subaru to maintain its all-wheel-drive setup and keep up with those pesky regulations to are just determined to kill anything and everything that we find fun and enjoyable. Keep reading for more of the good stuff.
The next-generation Subaru WRX STI is slowly coming into shape, and a report from Motoring Australia indicates that Subaru’s got a few surprises up its sleeve for the performance-oriented sedan when it makes its debut in 2017.
The report follows an announcement made by Subaru CEO Yasuyuki Yoshinaga at the Tokyo Motor Show, pertaining to the use of the company’s new Subaru Global Platform for the next WRX STI. That’s not all that surprising considering that the new platform is already being prepared to be used by other Subaru models, including the sedan and hatchback versions of the next-generation Impreza. The real eyebrow raiser are the reports saying that the next-gen WRX STI will be using a hybrid powertrain.
Yep. Subaru’s all-conquering, power-packed, performance model will go hybrid. According to Motoring Australia, the Japanese automaker is preparing to take this step in an effort to hit two birds with one stone, which in this case would be to radically improve the sedan’s fuel economy while also maintaining its renowned performance capabilities. As such, Subaru is reportedly working on a new powertrain that will feature a modified version of its 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and an electric motor, incorporated together to power the new WRX STI. The resulting output of the new engine setup would be around 322 horsepower, close to 20 ponies more than the current WRX STI. The next-gen model will also reportedly get a dual-clutch, six-speed automated manual transmission, which, when combined with the hybrid powertrain, would be able to post fuel economy figures of around 36.2 mpg. If that number proves to be accurate, that would come close to doubling the 19mpg combined fuel mileage of the current model. It would even post a better number than the combined 30-mpg rating of the CVT-equipped Impreza sedan.
Other than this admittedly revealing revelation pertaining to the possible powertrain of the next WRX STI, the new model is also expected to get a dramatic cosmetic makeover. Apparently, the new WRX STI will receive a sportier look, highlighted by heavily flared fenders and a large rear wing. Carbon fiber air ducts and a new rear diffuser are also believed to be part of the new design.
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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.
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In the “what took so long?” news category, Subaru recently announced that it would start selling a new hybrid Impreza model in Japan next month. With a lineup full of compact and midsize vehicles (most of which have all-wheel drive), Subaru is looking for ways to increase the fuel economy across its lineup, and this hybrid model makes perfect sense.
Currently, the only gasoline-electric hybrid customers can get from Subaru is the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid, but starting July 10, the Subaru Impreza Sport Hybrid brings Subaru’s hybrid tech to the standard version of the entry-level hatchback. Since the XV Crosstrek is essentially just a lifted version of the Impreza hatchback with a little extra body cladding, creating this new model was probably more of a challenge for Subaru’s marketing team than its engineers.
Even as conventional cars push the limits of efficiency, hybrids should continue to play a bigger role in the automotive industry as automakers look to maximize the overall efficiency of their fleets. In Subaru’s case, the Impreza Sport Hybrid marks just the second hybrid in its lineup, but a more advanced plug-in hybrid is planned by 2018.
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Subaru is going to expand the XV lineup with the addition of a XV Crosstrek Hybrid version – the brand’s first-ever production hybrid vehicle. The model made its world debut at the 2013 New York International Auto Show and will be put on sale in the fourth quarter of 2013.
With the new XV Crosstreck Hybrid, Subaru managed to keep all the features offered in the standard version, but enhanced it with higher fuel efficiency. The model is powered by a compact hybrid system that weighs just 209 pounds, so the new hybrid model weights just 300 pounds more than the gasoline engine XV Crosstrek.
The model displayed in New York featurs a very cool Plasma Green Pearl exterior color - an exclusive feature for the XV Hybrid.
Updated 03/28/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.
Updated 10/2/2013: Subaru has finally released the XV Crosstrek Hybrids pricing details. It starts at $25,995, plus delivery. See all of the details after the jump.
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Believe it or not, Subaru doesn’t have a single hybrid model in its lineup, but according to Kenichi Yamamoto, director of product management and coordination at Subaru of America, things are going to change. This change is set to start in March at the 2013 New York Auto Show, as Suby will unveil its first hybrid model. He made the confirmation in an interview with The Detroit Bureau, when he confirmed that parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries, is indeed working on a hybrid model.
This move shouldn’t be any surprise to anyone, considering other Japanese companies, like Toyota, Honda and Nissan, already offer plenty of hybrid vehicles.
While Yamamoto offered no other details on the hybrid drivetrain, it will most likely be inspired by the drivetrain in the Subaru Advanced Tourer Concept, which was unveiled at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. This was a hybrid vehicle that combined a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine with an electric motor.
We uncertain which model will be the first to feature this hybrid drivetrain, but it has been rumored that the honor will go to the Forester SUV. By 2015, however, we expect to see the same treatment applied to most of the models in the Suby lineup, because Subaru has promised to boost its fleet fuel economy by 30 percent.
We’ll keep an eye on this topic and see if anything of interest comes of it. Maybe a performance hybrid model will be spawned by this new development.
With the Tokyo Motor Show just a few days away, manufacturers that are set to participate are working double-time getting their concepts prepped for their debuts at the event.
Subaru is one such brand that is scheduled to partake in the event and one of its meal tickets, the Hybrid Tourer Concept, is the company’s first major foray into the world of hybrid vehicles and, incidentally, the first-ever hybrid to use a boxer four-cylinder engine. If you haven’t been prepped on what this type of engine really is, it’s actually a pair of electric motors housed in a lithium-ion battery pack that allows for regenerative braking, blended electric boost, and a purely electric drive.
Together with Toyota’s FT-86 Concept, the Hybrid Tourer concept is another car that was created out of the joint partnership between Subaru and Toyota to introduce cars that fit under the new hybrid umbrella that’s beginning to take shape as the cars of the future. Though the concept will be introduced in Tokyo in a few days, plans are already under way to have a production version out on the road in the coming years.
With hybrids and electric vehicles becoming more and more popular these days, Subaru is hitching on the Gullwing-ish-designed Hybrid Tourer to bring the company into the world of hybrids. Judging by these new photos that Subaru recently released, the Hybrid Tourer is fast-shaping up to be a hybrid that should give its more established counterparts a run for their money in the coming years.
Check out the new photos to get a closer look at Subaru’s new baby.
The Japanese all wheel drive automaker, Subaru, has just revealed their biggest surprise for the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show, a Hybrid Tourer Concept. The gas/electric car of the future features a pair of oversized gullwing doors and is powered by a hybrid drivetrain that centers around a 2.0 Liter horizontally opposed direct gasoline injection turbocharged engine combined with two auxiliary electric motors, one placed at each axle to continue Subaru’s all wheel drive philosophy powered by a high performance lithium ion battery pack.
The gas burning boxer power plant is mated to the automotive arm of Fuji Heavy Industry’s symmetrical all wheel drive system and the automaker’s latest power train invention, a next generation continuously variable transmission that Subaru calls a Lineatronic CVT. The fuel efficient Hybrid Tourer Concept gets the majority of its power from the refined flat four; but the electric motors, making 27 HP up front and 13 HP in the rear, provide an additional boost and make the new Subaru capable of operating round town as a zero emission vehicle.
Aside from the concepts unique design both inside and out, the Tourer Hybrid Concept also features a unique driver assist system called EyeSight that provides the new car with vehicle to vehicle and road to vehicle communication technology. The program includes a collision prevention support system that uses a unique stereoscopic camera that is capable of recognizing a wide variety of driving obstacles with the goal of improving passenger safety and providing drivers with peace of mind touring.
Press release after the jump.
Due to the Corporate Average Fuel Economy regulation set by the U.S. Senate, automakers’ line-ups must average 35.5 MPG by the year 2016. There is no single solution for a fuel efficient line-up, so different car companies are taking different approaches. The Japanese luxury car maker Lexus plans on offering hybrid versions of all their future vehicles, even Nissan is considering a hybrid 370Z. German automakers like BMW and Volkswagen have decided to use less thirsty 3 cylinder engines in their smaller vehicles.
The automotive arm of Fuji Heavy Industries is planning a two step approach. According to the President of Subaru, Ikuo Mori, his car company is working on a diesel model that should debut sometime between 2011 and 2012. The Japanese automaker is also developing a hybrid power train to be released around the same time.
Subaru has already dropped out of World Rally Championship competition due to the current economic conditions, and if all goes well with their diesel/hybrid models, we might just see a turbo diesel hybrid powered STi winning world championships once again.
Subaru today announced the successful development of its Subaru Plug-in STELLA Concept model, a prototype electric vehicle (EV). FHI will provide five units of the Plug-in STELLA Concept for use at the Hokkaido Toyako Summit to be held July 7 through 9, 2008. Four of the five will be used to transport government officials and other participants at the summit, while one vehicle will be displayed at the Environmental Showcase, an exhibition and demonstration area in the International Media Center, and it will also be available for a test drive.
In addition, FHI will provide one STELLA Concept model to the Japan Post group for use in mail collection and delivery in the vicinity of Toyako during the summit.
The Subaru Plug-in STELLA Concept combines the EV system employed in the R1e with the mini car, Subaru STELLA. The resulting vehicle represents an optimized model that features the compact packaging and superb utility that the STELLA offers to meet a wider array of market needs. FHI plans to use the Plug-in STELLA Concept in the development and test-marketing of the next generation of EV in Japan in the near future.
The Subaru B5-TPH carries a revolutionary powertrain system beneath sporty bodywork. This vehicle’s TPH powertrain is a strategically important technology for the power source of clean-energy vehicles and will be incorporated with the Subaru core technologies including the Subaru Boxer Engine and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system.
The Subaru B5-TPH, a new type of high-performance hybrid-powered vehicle, made its North American Debut yesterday at the 2006 North American International Auto Show. The B5-TPH concept
vehicle features the company’s emerging Turbo Parallel Hybrid (TPH) powertrain system and lithium-ion battery technology in a sporty two-seat grand touring car.
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