Subaru SVX Returning As Bigger, Badder Hybrid Coupe
Forget waiting around for the Subaru BRZ STI, it sounds like Subaru has an even hotter coupe in the works. According to a report from Motoring, the red-hot automaker is developing a new two-door model that will be larger and reminiscent of the short-lived Subaru SVX from the 1990s, although it may or may not actually wear the Subaru SVX name. The article, which uses information from a “source close to Subaru,” says that the reinterpretation of the original Subaru SVX would be a high-powered sports coupe with a design inspired by recent Subaru concept vehicles like the recent VIZIV-2 Concept (bottom image). If such a car were to join the Subaru lineup, it’s highly unlikely that it would feature one of the most characteristic styling cues of the Subaru SVX: the funky half side windows. PHOTOS: See More of the 2013 Subaru Viziv Concept
More interesting than whatever design Subaru uses is what will be found under the skin. According to the report, this spiritual successor to the Subaru SVX will be based on a platform shared with the upcoming replacement for the Subaru Tribeca. We’re not really sure what that means for sportiness and handling, but the good news at least would be that there is a very good likelihood that this coupe, unlike the Subaru BRZ, would actually come with or at least offer Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.
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Another promising aspect of this Subaru coupe is what might make its way under the hood. Following in line with all other Subaru products, this coupe would be feature a Boxer engine, and this flat-six would be paired with a plug-in hybrid setup borrowed from Lexus. This seems likely for two reasons: Subaru’s own hybrid system (found on the XV Crosstrek Hybrid) wasn’t developed to accommodate high-output powertrains and Subaru’s parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries, is partially owned by Toyota.
No word as to when we can expect a sporty Subaru hybrid coupe in showrooms, but like most recent Subaru vehicles, we’d expect a stunning to concept to hit the auto show circuit about a year before the production model hits the streets.
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