Set for an official unveiling later on today in Geneva, the first photo with the Subaru VIZIV concept has emerged.

Set for an official unveiling later on today in Geneva, the first photo with the Subaru VIZIV concept has emerged.

It will serve as a preview for the firm's upcoming design direction and is being described as a next-generation crossover which gets its name from the phrase "Vision for Innovation". No official details available right now but this could be a follow-up to Subaru's Hybrid Tourer Concept revealed in October 2009 at the Tokyo Motor Show.

It rides on 20-inch large silver/black alloys protected by the muscular wheel arches. We also notice the high-mounted doors, broad side skirts and the hexagonal grille which is flanked by C-shaped darkened headlights. As you can see, the windscreen stretches onto the roof, while at the back it possibly has squared-off taillights.

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Subaru has released a press release in which they mention the concept is 4320mm long, 1900mm wide and 1510mm tall, with a 2640mm wheelbase. The exterior design can be characterized by clean lines and surfaces with a Mistral Silver Metallic paint, while the interior cabin was configured with a focus on functionality.

It has a diesel-hybrid setup consisting of a 2.0-liter Boxer diesel engine, two independet rear motors, CVT and a front motor providing power generation and vehicle drive. Subaru says the powertrain is capable of figuring out the best time to use each power unit. This Hybrid SI-DRIVE system boasts an Eco-Cruise mode and uses a driving assistance system with a stereo camera for detecting the road conditions and adjusting the characteristics of the powertrain accordingly.

When turning the steering wheel, more power is applied to the rear wheels, while turning it back will increase the front wheel's drive power to improve handling and stability.

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