Subaru VIZIV

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Subaru VIZIV
Subaru VIZIV Concept Car IAA 2013.JPG
VIZIV at IAA (Frankfurt) 2013
Manufacturer Subaru
Model years 2013
Body and chassis
Class Shooting-brake/Subcompact suv
Body style 3-door SUV
Layout TTR Hybrid - Front engine, front-wheel drive + electrically driven rear wheels
Related VIZIV Evolution
Engine 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer turbocharged diesel
Transmission lineartronic CVT
Battery lithium ion
Wheelbase 2,640 mm (103.9 in)
Length 4,320 mm (170.1 in)
Width 1,900 mm (74.8 in)
Height 1,510 mm (59.4 in)
Predecessor Hybrid Tourer
Successor VIZIV 2

The Subaru VIZIV is a series of diesel-electric hybrid concept sports SUVs designed and built by Subaru, the first of which was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The VIZIV series included several signature Subaru design features, such as the use of horizontally-opposed engines and all-wheel drive, and built on prior Subaru hybrid concepts such as the B9SC, B5-TPH, and Hybrid Tourer by using a three-motor layout.


The name "VIZIV" was derived from the phrase "Vision for Innovation" and was meant to illustrate the Subaru concept of "enjoyment and peace of mind." The VIZIV concept was also meant to suggest the brand's future styling direction,[1] and the hexagonal grille was reused in November 2013 for the Legacy Concept revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show.[2]

VIZIV (2013)[edit]

The VIZIV CONCEPT had its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2013.[1] The 2013 VIZIV features a hexagonal grille standing proud of the body (and echoed in the rear panel) intended to serve as a future Subaru design feature.[3]

The use of electric motors for the rear wheels eliminates the need for a mechanical power shaft from the front-mounted engine, allowing the interior floor to be lower and flatter.[3]

VIZIV Evolution (2013)[edit]

The VIZIV EVOLUTION debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show in October 2013 with the same layout and external dimensions as the 2013 Geneva VIZIV, but with a smaller (1.6-litre) direct injection turbodiesel (DIT).[4]

VIZIV 2 (2014)[edit]

Subaru VIZIV 2
Subaru Viziv 2 (1).JPG
VIZIV 2 at Auto China (2014)
Model years 2014
Body and chassis
Class concept
Body style 5-door SUV
Engine 1.6-liter H4 DIT
Wheelbase 2,730 mm (107.5 in)
Length 4,435 mm (174.6 in)
Width 1,920 mm (75.6 in)
Height 1,530 mm (60.2 in)
Predecessor VIZIV, VIZIV Evolution
Successor VIZIV Future Concept

One year later, the VIZIV 2 debuted at Geneva in March 2014, featuring the smaller 1.6-litre direct-injection turbodiesel from the VIZIV EVOLUTION in a slightly larger body with four doors. The shape of the headlamps was intended to evoke the horizontally-opposed engine.[5]

VIZIV Future Concept (2015)[edit]

VIZIV FC at Tokyo Motor Show (2015)

The VIZIV FUTURE CONCEPT had its world premiere at the Tokyo Motor Show in October 2015.[6] It dropped the independent rear motors in favor of a single rear motor.[7]

VIZIV-7 (2016)[edit]

A VIZIV-7 midsize SUV concept was revealed at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, using styling cues but not the hybrid powertrain from prior VIZIV concepts. The VIZIV-7 is a three-row vehicle intended to show the size and styling of a future Tribeca replacement for the North American market, to debut in 2018.[8] An updated, smaller Subaru Ascent Concept was unveiled at the 2017 New York Auto Show, where Subaru confirmed plans to sell the Ascent by 2018.[9]


The 2013 VIZIV featured what Subaru called an "independent-rear-motor-driven symmetrical AWD" system, where a 2.0-litre diesel horizontally-opposed ("Boxer") engine drove the front wheels through the continuously variable transmission (CVT, which Subaru branded "Lineartronic") and provided power generation, and each rear wheel was powered by an independent electric motor. The front wheels could also be powered by a single electric motor.[3] At low speeds and in city traffic, the vehicle is moved solely by the three motors under electric power, taking advantage of low-speed electric motor torque to provide good acceleration with low fuel consumption.[3] At highway speeds, the diesel engine and CVT are used.[3] The use of two rear electric motors allows the car to allocate torque from front to rear and laterally (to the outside wheel) when the steering wheel is turned, enhancing the car's handling.[3]

The 2013 VIZIV is equipped with a driving assist system, which Subaru branded "EyeSight".[3] EyeSight uses twin CCD cameras focused on a single point in front of the car to detect road conditions and objects in front of the car, enabling pedestrian detection, automatic brake engagement, and adaptive cruise control.[10]

In popular media[edit]

A sports version of the 2014 VIZIV 2 concept, called the VIZIV GT Vision Gran Turismo, was designed for the videogame Gran Turismo 6.[11][12] The car features a large diffuser and roof-integrated spoiler, and was made available within the game in November 2014. According to the game's statistics, the VIZIV GT Vision Gran Turismo has a curb weight of 1,380 kg (3,042 lb) with a maximum output of 591 hp (441 kW) and 593 ft·lb (804 N·m).[13]


  1. ^ a b "Exhibition Outline of the 83rd Geneva International Motor Show" (Press release). Subaru Corporation. 7 February 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2017. 
  2. ^ "Subaru to Unveil "Legacy Concept" at 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show" (Press release). Subaru Corporation. 14 November 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "World Premiere of the "SUBARU VIZIV CONCEPT" at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show" (Press release). Subaru Corporation. 5 March 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2017. 
  4. ^ "Exhibition Outline of the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013" (Press release). Subaru Corporation. 30 October 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "World Premiere of the "SUBARU VIZIV 2 CONCEPT" at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show" (Press release). Subaru Corporation. 4 March 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2017. 
  6. ^ "スバル 第44回東京モーターショー2015の出展概要を発表 ~「SUBARU VIZIV FUTURE CONCEPT」と「IMPREZA 5-DOOR CONCEPT」を世界初公開~" [Subaru 44th Tokyo Motor Show 2015 Exhibition Outline - World premieres of "SUBARU VIZIV FUTURE CONCEPT" and "IMPREZA 5-DOOR CONCEPT" ~] (Press release). Subaru Corporation. 7 October 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2017. 
  7. ^ Ewing, Steven J. (28 October 2015). "Subaru Viziv Future Concept conceptualizes the future". Autoblog [blog]. Retrieved 1 June 2017. 
  8. ^ "Subaru VIZIV-7 SUV Concept Makes World Debut at 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show" (Press release). Subaru Corporation. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 1 June 2017. 
  9. ^ Lyon, Peter (28 April 2017). "Subaru Targets SUV-Hungry U.S. Market With Huge 8-Seater Ascent". Forbes. Retrieved 1 June 2017. 
  10. ^ "Subaru's "EyeSight" driving Assist System Hits 100,000 Sales Mark in Japan" (Press release). Subaru Corporation. 10 April 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2017. 
  11. ^ Kierstein, Alex (18 November 2014). "Take a look at the Subaru Viziv GT Vision Gran Turismo". Road and Track. Retrieved 1 June 2017. 
  12. ^ Joseph, Noah (19 November 2014). "Subaru Viziv GT gears up for Vision Gran Turismo action [w/video]". Autoblog [blog]. Retrieved 1 June 2017. 
  13. ^ "Introducing the SUBARU VIZIV GT Vision Gran Turismo" (Press release). Sony of America. 18 November 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2017. 

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