Subaru forecasts a possible SUV future with the Viziv-7 Concept


Very little info is coming out of Subaru HQ right now about this conceptualized seven-passenger crossover. Firstly, the Viziv-7 (say that 7 times fast) is a good-looking conveyance that makes VW's recently announced 2018 Atlas appear out of date. The blue accent lighting usually hints at a hybrid or an electric drivetrain, but alas, no info. No interior shots either. But this is a concept afterall which is a shame since this puppy would sell like hotcakes on its looks alone. The Viziv-7 would also be Subaru;s largest vehicle so maybe this is a borrowed platform from partner Toyota or a new Subie design. Either way this is new territory for Subaru which could determine the automaker's future. We shall see. Let's hope we see this one at Subie dealers soon. Really like those wheels. Now about that lip-vibrating name. Subaru says that Viziv is a name derived from Vision for Innovation. Shouldn't that be Visovation, but that is a mouthful. More to come...

Source: Subaru - Press release after the "read more" jump.



Press Release:
SUBARU VIZIV-7 CONCEPT MAKES WORLD DEBUT AT 2016 LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW


Fuji Heavy Industries, LTD. (FHI) the manufacturer of Subaru automobiles, today unveiled the Subaru VIZIV-7 SUV Concept* at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Subaru VIZIV is a concept series embodying the future vision of car development for the “enjoyment and peace of mind” that Subaru wants to provide to customers.

With the VIZIV -7 SUV Concept, Subaru is demonstrating its thinking about how big a future Subaru SUV can be. ”The concept expresses our core brand values, safety, dependability, capability for outdoor activities and a forward looking attitude,” said Takeshi Tachimori, corporate executive vice president, Fuji Heavy Industries, LTD. “We know customers in this segment want a full-sized vehicle and the next 3-row from Subaru will be the biggest Subaru vehicle ever.”

With full three-row capability and Subaru’s DYNAMIC x SOLID design philosophy, Subaru VIZIV-7 SUV Concept shows the size direction of the all-new three-row midsize SUV to be introduced to the North American market in early 2018.

The official Subaru website (http://www.subaru-global.com) will feature images of the Subaru VIZIV-7 SUV Concept as well as a movie of the Subaru press conference.

*VIZIV is a name derived from Vision for Innovation.

MAIN SPECIFICATIONS
Body Size (overall length x width x height) 204.7 x 79.9 x 72* inches
Wheelbase 117.7 inches
Tire Size 265/55 R21
*73.2 inches including roof rail

About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts, and accessories through a network of more than 620 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants, and Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.