Subaru VIZIV Tourer Concept revealed
The Subaru VIZIV Tourer Concept has been revealed at the Geneva Motor Show hinting at the next-generation Liberty…or Levorg.
THE INTERNET has speculated that the Subaru VIZIV Tourer Concept suggests a return for the WRX wagon, but if you look at the thing’s dimensions, it’s much more likely that the Subaru VIZIV Tourer Concept is hinting at the next-generation Liberty or Levorg.
Sure, the next-generation Liberty and Levorg will likely look radically different to this concept; we know how Subaru is with its transition from concept to production, although the XV concept largely carried over to the production version. But Subaru’s VIZIV concepts are always more about potential than actual.
According to Subaru, the aim of its VIZIV concept cars, something it’s been producing since 2013, is to embody “the brand’s vision for the future of making cars that deliver ‘Enjoyment and Peace of Mind to its customers’”.
The Subaru VIZIV Tourer Concept measures 4775 × 1930 × 1435mm (length, width and height) while the current Liberty measures 4800 x 1840 x 1500mm. The wheelbase for the concept is 2730mm while the current Liberty is 2750mm, so, despite the more compact dimensions the near identical wheelbase should mean more interior space if the concept dimensions were carried through to production.
Now, I know that Levorg has taken over as the Subaru wagon of choice with the Liberty wagon dropped, but I’m hoping this concept hints at a return for the Liberty wagon. I get the Levorg but I’m not convinced by it.
Subaru said, “In anticipation of widespread future deployment of automated driving technologies, advanced driver-assist functions include the next-generation EyeSight driver-assist system and other devices to reduce driver fatigue on long journeys”.
Subaru said it plans to launch its advanced driver-assist technologies in 2020 and we’re expecting to see the next-generation Liberty in 2019.