Geneva LIVE: Subaru VIZIV 2 concept
The VIZIV 2 could preview a production-bound crossover.
Subaru has unveiled its latest VIZIV 2 concept at the Geneva Motor Show. The name VIZIV is derived from the phrase "vision for innovation."
As its name clearly implies, the VIZIV 2 is billed as an evolution of the VIZIV show car displayed at last year's edition of the Geneva Motor Show. The latest version of the two-door crossover has been updated with a new front end that gains sharp headlights, round LED fog lights and a three-slat grille with a hexagonal frame.
The visual updates put the VIZIV 2 in line with recent additions to the Subaru lineup such as the 2015 WRX STI, the 2015 Legacy and the Japan-only Levorg station wagon.
The VIZIV 2 is powered by a plug-in drivetrain that consists of a 1.6-liter Horizontally-Opposed direct injection turbo "DIT" engine and a set of electric motors -- one at the front and tow at the rear axle. That unique setup, backed by a lithium-ion battery, allows the VIZIV to retain Subaru's signature Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. Power is routed via a continuously variable transmission.
Subaru did not release any economy figures for the VIZIV.
What's Next?Subaru has all but confirmed it is planning on adding more crossovers to its lineup. A seven-seater crossover inspired by the Crossover 7 concept is expected to replace the aging Tribeca in the near future, and a toned down version of the VIZIV aimed at a younger target audience could make production before the end of the decade.