The Los Angeles Auto Show has been the venue for Subaru’s presentation of the new Viziv-7 concept, a preview of an upcoming seven-seat crossover sitting above the Forester.
The Japanese automaker – enjoying a huge boom of sales in America – is looking to consolidate its place on the US market by hinting at the introduction of a new, larger SUV model to sit above the Forester and compete with new models such as the VW Atlas. You might remember that some years ago – until 2014 to be more precise – if you wanted more space than what the Forester and Outback had to offer you could select the quirky B9 Tribeca. It now seems the Japanese automaker is willing to come up with a spiritual successor, arguably one that would looks substantially better if we judge solely by the Viziv-7’s styling.
Subaru has already confirmed the arrival of the seven-seat, three-row crossover in the US at the start of 2018, so the LA concept is a great preview. The Viziv-7 seems like a direct evolution of the Forester and Outback, “We know customers in this segment want a full-sized vehicle and the next 3-row from Subaru will be the biggest Subaru vehicle ever,” commented Takeshi Tachimori, corporate executive vice president at Fuji Heavy Industries. It’s going to be imposing as well – at 204.7-inches (5,200-millimeters) long, it’s way larger than an Outback at 189.6 inches (4,816 mm) and even trumps models such as the VW Atlas at 198.3 inches (5,037 mm) and the a Chevrolet Tahoe at 203.9 inches (5,179 mm). No details about the interior or the powertrain arrangement have been given – but we can bet on a boxer and Symmetrical AWD.