Subaru Viziv Concept Signals the Future of the Impreza

Sam McEachern
by Sam McEachern

The Subaru Viziv concept has made its debut at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, giving us an idea of what the Impreza of the future could look like.

Subaru says this sporty-looking design study is meant to evoke the “distinctive enjoyment of driving a Subaru.” Muscular fenders occupy all four corners, communicating the presence of Subaru’s Symmetrical AWD system, while carbon fiber parts, such as the rear diffuser, front lip, side skirts and roof, are evocative of the automaker’s history of racing under the STI banner. Four large exhaust tips protrude from the rear for some added STI character.

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This being a Subaru of the future, it also has a variety of advanced driver assistance systems. Subaru says the Viziv uses its next-generation EyeSight system, the current version of which combines pre-collision braking and throttle management, adaptive cruise and lane departure warning for a safer driving experience. That means the next-generation Impreza will likely feature improved driver assistance systems and maybe even some sort of autonomous or semi-autonomous tech.

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“The Subaru Viziv Performance Concept draws on iconic models symbolizing superior Subaru driving performance and the Symmetrical AWD layout powered by a boxer engine honed over more than five decades of development,” the automaker said in a statement. “In anticipation of widespread future deployment of automated driving technologies, advanced driver assist functions combining the next-generation EyeSight system with other devices have been installed in a sedan body encouraging active enjoyment of driving, to express Subaru’s distinctive worldview of driving with Enjoyment and Peace of Mind.”

The Subaru Viziv Concept will be on display at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show through to November 5th. Take a good hard look at it, because it will serve as the inspiration for the next-generation Impreza, which is due in 2020.

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Sam McEachern
Sam McEachern

Sam McEachern holds a diploma in journalism from St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, and has been covering the automotive industry for over 5 years. He conducts reviews and writes AutoGuide's news content. He's a die-hard motorsports fan with a passion for performance cars of all sorts.

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  • Nella Nodnarb Nella Nodnarb on Oct 27, 2017

    We know it won't look nearly this good in production. But what's notable is that this is a regular impreza concept - not WRX or STI but it incorporates the hood-scoop. I'd be willing to bet that Subaru is going to ditch the naturally aspirated FB20B in the impreza and crosstrek and replace them with the 1.6 L FB16 DIT that they have in japan for increased fuel economy and torque. Subaru of America's leadership has openly admitted that the USDM line-up are all underpowered vs. the competition and future models will address that. Let's hope that this deisgn teaser at least hints at the powertrain advancements. This is a very very good thing and long overdue. Takes the base impreza and crosstrek from 150 hp and 111 ft-lbs to 175+ hp and 180+ ft-lbs of torque while maintaining fuel economy.

  • John Robert Hanna John Robert Hanna on Feb 16, 2018

    ...same ole' grill, I see...*yawn*