The Subaru Viziv Tourer is Here, and it May Preview the Next-Gen Outback
Subaru has finally introduced the Viziv Tourer, the latest addition to the Viziv Concept series and what we believe may be a preview of the next-gen Subaru Outback. As is the usual case with the Viziv Concepts, Subaru hasn’t exactly released a plethora of information, but its whole purpose is to showcase Subaru’s future design language, and it does exactly that. It’s got the sharp design cues, the look of performance, and all of the muscular features we expect from a car that’s designed to feel at home on and off the road.
Subaru Teases the Viziv Tourer Prior to its Debut at the Geneva Auto Show
Subaru’s Viziv concept game has been on point since the automaker introduced the first concept at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Since then, we’ve seen crossovers, SUVs, hatchbacks, and even a virtual Vision GT concept all sport the Viziv moniker. All told, Subaru has released five Viziv concepts since 2013. As we prepare for the 2018 edition of the Geneva Motor Show, we’re going to see the sixth version in the form of the Viziv Tourer Concept.
Subaru Promises New Viziv Performance STI For 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon!
While we’re just a few short days away from the official sheet pull at the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon, Subaru is teasing us with a few shots of its upcoming Viziv Performance STI, giving us a sneak peek at what the six-star brand might have planned for the upcoming WRX STI. Boy racers and vape enthusiasts, take note – this is your new icon.
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Subaru Ascent Unveiled in L.A., Nowhere Near As Bold As Viziv-7 Concept
In 2016, Subaru unveiled the Viziv-7 Concept, hinting that it may build a three-row crossover in the future. A year has passed, and the production model was unveiled as the Ascent at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. And it looks nothing like the Viziv. Because Subaru, that’s why! The Japanese firm is famous for building dull production versions of its exciting concept cars, and the Ascent is no exception. While the Viziv-7 Concept had a bold design with futuristic headlamps and blue accents on the grille and foglamps, the Ascent is pretty much a larger Forester. Sure, it does have a different, more imposing grille and a unique bumper, but it still feels very familiar.
Too familiar actually, like the Ascent is already a couple of years old and not an all-new crossover.
But hey, I have to give Subaru credit for the three-row configuration. With more and more carmakers moving into this niche, it was about time Subaru did the same. Especially since it had only three crossovers before the Ascent arrived (the Crosstrek, Forester, and Outback). It’s also worth mentioning that it uses a brand-new engine, in the form of a turbocharged, intercooled, 2.4-liter flat-four. Using a twin-scroll turbo unit, it produces 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque and enables the Ascent to tow up to 5,000 pounds. It also has an X-Mode off-road setting and hill descent control on top of the four-wheel-drive layout and almost nine inches of ground clearance.
The crossover can provide seating for up to eight people. The standard configuration includes a second-row bench for three passengers, but the Premium trim can be selected with second-row captain’s chairs for free, which turns the Ascent into a seven-seater with a bit more shoulder and hip room. Features include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 6.5-inch infotainment display, EyeSight automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, and up to 72 cubic feet of luggage room. The Ascent is scheduled to go on sale next summer.
Subaru Viziv Performance Concept
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.
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2017 Subaru VIZIV-7 SUV Concept
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.
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Subaru Unveils VIZIV-7 SUV Concept in Los Angeles
Remember that funky-doored Subaru Viziv Concept that debuted at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show? Well, that thing eventually evolved into the 2015 Subaru Viziv Future Concept that made its debut last year at the Tokyo Motor show. It was a fair evolution that brought about a more production-ready model, at least on the outside anyway. Subaru has since been planning to take advantage of the American love for massive gas guzzlers won’t a new, three-row midsize SUV that will debut in 2018, but has decided to take advantage of the L.A. Auto Show to show off its direction for this model with the next evolution of the Viziv concept: the Viziv-7 SUV. Boasting a look that could go into production as early as tomorrow, and seating for up to seven people, it’s a prime example of what we’ll see from Subaru come 2018.
For now, Subaru hasn’t said too much about this new concept, but the exterior utilizes technology that is readily available, including full LED headlights with bright LED running lamps, and LED fog lights that are also surrounded by LED running lights. The unique way that the wheel arch trim integrates into the front fascia to provide housing for the fog light fixtures in innovative and fresh, while the small side-view mirrors give the side profile a sporty look. Around back, there’s even more sexiness with a single LED bar is in place of traditional headlights, running the full width of the rear. Down below, there is a pair of LED reverse lights that are surrounded by red LED strips to provide ultimate visibility from the rear and to effectively tying together the front and rear ends of the vehicle.
Subaru has yet to say anything about the interior, aside from the fact that it has three rows of seats that can seat a total of seven people. The interior of the Viziv models that came before it were highly futuristic, with the 2015 model being toned down a little closer to reality. With that said, the interior of this concept could very well be futuristic too, but based on the exterior design, it could also be toned down to near-production form. With any hope, this model is an accurate representation of that upcoming SUV that Subaru has been planning. Besides, if you’ve looked at some of the brand’s recent cars, they don’t exactly fare as well as Subaru has hoped in the looks department, but the styling language seen here could really turn things around for the company.
On that note, Subaru has also said nothing about the drivetrain. There isn’t any exhaust exit in the rear, which could be indicative of an all-electric drivetrain. Then again, there’s no evidence of a door that conceals a charger port or fuel port, so if it is all-electric, it would have to make sure of inductive charging or has a charging cord stashed away somewhere that we can’t. It is a concept, though, so it’s also quite possible that there is no drivetrain at all. Either way, the concept itself looks great and, should Subaru build its next SUV based on this look, it could very well have a big hit on its hands – at least here in America, anyway.
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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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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.
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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.
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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.