Subaru brought to Geneva the Viziv crossover concept that hints at the brand’s future design direction and technologies.
The “Viziv” name is inspired by the phrase “Vision for Innovation” to express Subaru’s future direction of the brand. The Viziv’s basic design features simple and clean surfaces and lines, as the aim was to create an ideal balance between a solid-looking body and a condensed cabin. The front end is dominated by the large grille, framed by boomerang-style headlights. The profile is clean and dynamic, while the rear features the same motifs used in the front, most visible in the shape of the taillights.
On the inside, the Viziv features an instrument panel layout designed primarily for ease of driver operation and vehicle control. The instrument panel displays the operation status of Subaru’s own driving assist “EyeSight” system. The tachometer and speedometer in the center combine functionality and sportiness, featuring a cylindrical design and good visibility. Front and rear passengers also have custom information displays in front of them to share the thrill of being in the driver’s seat.
The concept is a plug-in diesel hybrid, combining a 2.0-liter Subaru Boxer diesel engine and Lineartronic CVT gearbox with a front electric motor that provides both vehicle drive and power generation, and two independent rear motors for vehicle drive only.
The 100% motor-driven rear wheels eliminate the need for a propeller shaft, creating a lower floor that offers ample legroom for rear seat occupants despite its compact size. According to Subaru, the powertrain selects the best time to use each power unit according to its strengths and the driving application, achieving high fuel economy.
At the Subaru booth the Japanese carmaker also displayed the Outback diesel fitted with an automatic gearbox.
by Dan Mihalascu
) - Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 - filed under Geneva Motor Show
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