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Subaru Teases its Future with Two New Concepts

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Subaru is bringing two new concept vehicles to this year’s Tokyo Motor Show to show off the brand’s future direction. 

The first concept teases what we will see in the next-generation Impreza Five-Door Hatchback while the second car, the Viziv Future Concept, aims to show off Subaru’s vision for green energy and safety technology.

Subaru is getting set to reveal a new platform that will underpin its entire lineup and these two concepts are the first to hint at what we will see when the new modular architecture is revealed.

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The new Impreza will likely be the first vehicle to arrive on the new platform and is expected to land in the U.S. sometime in late 2016 as a 2017 model. Subaru says that the car has a “dynamic and solid” theme.

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Future technologies are packed into the Viziv Concept, including a next-generation small-displacement turbocharged engine mated to a hybrid setup. The electric motor provides power to the rear axle while the engine drives the front wheels, allowing all-wheel drive and torque vectoring. This setup allows the small crossover to have an entirely flat floor, maximizing usable space in the vehicle.

An intelligent traffic communications system is fitted to the concept that will allow it to send and receive messages from other vehicles and the surrounding infrastructure to help with automated parking, accident prevention and navigation.

Check back to AutoGuide.com on October. 28 for live coverage from the Tokyo Motor Show.

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