The Viziv concept – inspired by the phrase ‘vision for innovation’ – gives us our first insight into Subaru’s future crossover design language that is destined to distinguish a range of next-generation SUVs and all-new models from the Japanese manufacturer.
The Viziv also showcases an innovative all-wheel-drive diesel-hybrid drivetrain from Subaru, which is designed to benefit fuel efficiency and dynamic performance.
The Subaru Viziv concept boasts a prominent, upright example of the brand’s hexagonal grille flanked by aggressive, dark-tinted C-shaped LED headlights.
Large silver and black alloy wheels fill the Viziv's bold wheel arches, which sit either side of the crossover coupe’s broad side skirts and long, high-mounted doors.
The windscreen reaches deep into the roof, splitting over the heads of the two front passengers, while the chunky, C-shaped tail-lights at the rear evolve the design theme pioneered by the compact XV crossover.
Beneath the skin lies a complex hybrid system that combines a 2.0-litre four-cylinder Boxer diesel engine with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), three electric motors and a lithium-ion battery pack.
The sole front-mounted electric motor gives assistance to the diesel engine to power the front wheels, while the two at the rear independently power the back wheels.
Subaru says the Viziv's all-wheel-drive system allows for finely tuned control of all four wheels, with power delivery varied according to the road surface and angle of the steering wheel. Subaru says increasing torque to the outside rear wheel when cornering helps acceleration, all-terrain performance and stability, and also helps steer the Viziv, reducing its turning circle.
The minimalistic four-seat cabin is clean and crisp. Two large binnacles shine from behind the clutter-free steering wheel, while twin touchscreens in the centre of the dashboard and in front of the passenger and blue lights enhance the high-tech ambience.
The Viziv's Hybrid SI-Drive system allows drivers to select between Sports, Intelligent and Eco-Cruise modes to vary the car's dynamics.
The concept also scores Subaru's EyeSight driver assist system, featuring a pair of cameras at the centre of the windscreen to read the road ahead and help the driver out of potentially dangerous situations.