Full reveal set for October 25.
Now that the Frankfurt Motor Show is over, automakers – especially the ones from Japan - are gearing up for the event in Tokyo set to open its doors on October 25 with the first press day. Subaru will attend the show with the brand new Viziv Performance Concept taking the shape of a sporty sedan using the company’s latest “Dynamic x Solid” design language.
Details are rather scarce at this point, but we do know the showcar will benefit from highly advanced driver and assistance systems to preview the inevitable: self-driving cars. We can’t be sure, but it seems like there are a couple of cameras mounted on the roof and two more affixed to the front wheel arches, unless those are sensors. Regardless, these are all signs the concept will be smart enough to do most (if not all) of the driving. In addition, the Viziv (originating from “Vision for Innovation”) has cameras instead of conventional mirrors and lacks regular door handles to give the concept a sleeker profile.
Big air vents up front and a prominent integrated spoiler at the back further contribute to the sporty vibe sent by the two teaser images, while the front and rear brakes could be cooled by the air going through what seem to be several slots built into the wheel arches. Also noticeable are the sharp LED headlights and an illuminated outline of the grille, along with a large indentation in the center of the hood.
Logic tells us the Viziv Performance Concept will act as a preview for the next generation of the WRX and WRX STI, which according to Subaru won’t be out in the next couple of years. Based on the latest Impreza, the fast sedans are likely earmarked for a 2020 launch.
Gallery: Subaru VIZIV Peformance Concept teasers
Subaru Exhibition Outline of the 45th Tokyo Motor Show 2017
|●||World Premiere of SUBARU VIZIV PERFORMANCE CONCEPT|
|●||Exhibit of Two STI High-Performance Models for Japan (S208, SUBARU BRZ STI Sport)|
|●||S208 Model limited to 450 units, SUBARU BRZ STI Sport Cool Grey Khaki Edition limited to 100 units. Both to be sold by lottery|
Subaru Corporation today announced that it will exhibit at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show 2017 (Press Days: October 25-26; General Admission: October 27- November 5), with the concept of “New SUBARU Story – From a company making things, to a company making people smile.” Through the vehicles on display and its entire booth, Subaru will showcase the embodiment and future vision of the Subaru distinctive value of “Enjoyment and Peace of mind”, and provide visitors with an experience that will bring smiles to their faces.
A number of concept cars will be exhibited, with Subaru VIZIV Peformance Concept*1 taking center stage. The model expresses the enjoyment of driving by adopting a sports sedan style based on Subaru’s shared design philosophy of “DYNAMIC x SOLID”, while realizing its future vision for safety with advanced driver-assist technology, centered on Subaru’s original EyeSight driver-assist system. Subaru will also premier new retail models, and exhibit the models that will race in the Super GT series.
The new retail models that will premiere at the show are the S208 (only 450 units available, sale by lottery), based on the WRX STI, and the SUBARU BRZ STI Sport (Cool Grey Khaki edition only limited to 100 units, sale by lottery). With the display of these two models, the company will promote Subaru’s distinctive “enjoyment” of driving, and continue the enhancement of the STI*2 brand outlined in the product strategy in its mid-term management vision.
Subaru President Yasuyuki Yoshinaga will hold a press conference Wednesday, October 25 from 11:15 at the Subaru booth (East Hall). Video of the press conference will be posted on https://www.youtube.com/user/SUBARUOnTube.
A special site (https://www.subaru.jp/tms/) will be set up on the Subaru official website, where information about the Subaru booth will be posted.
*1: VIZIV is a coined word originating from the phrase “Vision for Innovation.”
*2: Subaru Tecnica International (Representative: Yoshio Hirakawa; Mitaka, Tokyo)