Subaru is gearing up for this month’s Tokyo Motor Show with two concept cars that preview new production models from the Japanese firm. One is the third iteration of Subaru’s Viziv (short for “Vision for innovation”) line of SUV concepts and is thought to preview the next-generation XV Crosstrek, while the other is confirmed to be a preview of the next-generation Impreza compact.
The new Viziv concept is called the Viziv Future, and it’s in the form of a compact SUV just like the current XV Crosstrek. But it’s more than just a preview of the next XV Crosstrek because it also packs a host of technologies destined for Subaru’s future lineup of cars.
One of these is a more advanced version of Subaru’s EyeSight electronic driver aid that enables some autonomous driving, such as on the highway or during parking. Another is a next-generation hybrid system combining a downsized turbocharged engine with an electric motor in a ‘through-the-road’ hybrid all-wheel-drive setup (the engine powers the front wheels while the electric motor powers the rear pair). And a final piece of technology previewed on the Viziv Future is a camera that monitors the driver.
The other concept is called the Impreza Five-Door. It features a sportier, more dynamic look that will be featured more prominently in future Subarus. Unfortunately, no further details on this particular concept have been released. We should have more details soon, though, as the Tokyo Motor Show is scheduled to get underway October 29. In the meantime, see what else will be at the show by visiting our dedicated hub.
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