One problem – they’re frequently just a manufacturer’s pipedream, something stunning to look at, with jaw-dropping specifications that grab the imagination (and media interest), but have no impact on the cars on the road.
Subaru concept cars are different. They actually influence future production. New styling, new innovations and new technology are often tested in their concept cars – called VIZIV – before they enter mainstream production.
And about the odd-sounding name, VIZIV stands for Vision for Innovation, which highlights Subaru’s passion for advancing design and technology throughout their complete range.
Subaru’s newest concept car – the VIZIV Tourer – was launched at the Geneva International Motor Show in March 2018 and continues Subaru’s trend of developing forward-looking concept cars.
The VIZIV Tourer proudly displays a futuristic spin on Subaru’s Dynamic x Solid design aesthetic. Subaru’s classic hexagonal grill is joined by sharper C-shaped headlights and muscular front bumper vents. Even with these changes, the design is instantly recognisable as classic Subaru.
Crossovers inspired the car’s body, with carbon fibre wheel arch inserts and side skirts. And the VIZIV Tourer gets a sporty look thanks to the carbon fibre diffuser inserted into the rear bumper.
The hatchback has a four-seat layout, for enhanced passenger comfort.
The VIZIV Tourer is all about the exterior design, so Subaru hasn’t given many details about the technology under the hood. Unfortunately, we can’t spill too many secrets here either.
The VIZIV Tourer will incorporate the next-generation EyeSight system, including a new stereo camera system and GPS navigation. Together, the stereo cameras and GPS will work with EyeSight to help reduce accidents so that drivers can focus on the ride.
The first VIZIV concept car debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2013. With its hexagonal front grill, it showed the world the direction of the brand’s future styling.
The Tokyo Motor Show in October 2013 saw the introduction of the VIZIV Evolution. With similar dimensions to the original VIZIV, the VIZIV Evolution used a smaller (1.6-litre) direct injection turbo (DIT) engine, which could also be found in the Subaru Levorg.
VIZIV 2 was debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2014. Compared to the VIZIV Evolution, the VIZIV used the same engine, but had a slightly larger body and four doors. The headlights were elongated to reflect the horizontally-opposed engine.
Subaru introduced the VIZIV Future Concept at the Tokyo Motor Show in October 2015. Using an updated version of the 1.6-litre DIT engine first found in the VIZIV Evolution and the Subaru Levorg, the concept car also replaced the independent rear motors with a single rear motor.
The VIZIV SUV was revealed at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. The three-row vehicle was designed to appeal to the North American market.
The first of two VIZIV Performance concept cars (and the first VIZIV sedan) was revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show in October 2017. In addition to its symmetrical AWD layout powered by a boxer engine, it incorporates automated driving technologies and advanced driver assist functions for improved driving safety and fun.
The latest VIZIV concept car was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2018. The design expresses Subaru’s distinctive worldview of driving with enjoyment and peace of mind.
As we’ve seen, Subaru VIZIV models are more than just a concept: they are the brand’s future.
The VIZIV Tourer is a clear expression of Subaru’s vision for driving enjoyment and peace of mind. This vision will return and strongly influence future Subaru models that will roll off the production line in just a few years’ time.
A lot of the details of the VIZIV Tourer are still top-secret, but here are the specifications that have been released:
4,775 x 1,930 x 1,435 mm(overall length x width x height)
hexagonal design with C-shaped headlight