The two concept cars will join four other special edition and concept vehicles in Tokyo.
Alongside the handsome new BRZ STI Sport Special Edition, and the equally lovely STI S208, Subaru will introduce special variants of three of its best-selling models. The XV, the Impreza, and the Outback will all get unique visual updates when they take the stage at the Tokyo Motor Show next month.
The XV will bear the designation "Fun Adventure Concept," and will gain a number of exterior features to beef up its off-road capabilities. The yellow exterior is accented by new cladding on the front fascia, side fenders, and rear diffuser. The ride height appears to have been raised slightly, and a bike rack on the roof continues the rugged theme.
The Outback gains a more high-quality finish in the cabin, complete with "Ultrasuede" seats and panels, dark embossed silver accents, and a new eight-inch display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto equipped. The exterior also receives a more luxurious treatment, including an exclusive grille and wheels.
The Impreza, meanwhile, opts for a sportier makeover. Dubbed the "Future Sport Concept," the Impreza was given a lower center of gravity, along with redesigned front and rear bumpers, and more aggressive-looking, centrally mounted exhaust tips. Blacked out wheels and smoked out taillights, along with unique LED light fixtures on the front fascia give the concept a unique look.
The XV and Impreza will be joined by four three unique Subaru special vehicles. The aforementioned STI S208, an even more aggressive version of the STI, of which just 450 examples will be built, the BRZ STI Sport Special Edition, of which just 100 examples will be built, and the Viviz Performance concept, a preview of the next-generation WRX/STI, will all be on display when doors open in Tokyo.
The company says that these new concept cars and special edition vehicles will preview the "new Subaru story," and will give visitors an experience that will "bring smiles to their faces." It’s unclear whether the XV and Impreza concepts will influence any production-going variants, but we have our fingers crossed.
Gallery: Subaru Outback Limited Smart Edition
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.
The Outback Limited Smart Edition is a special model that combines the sense of superior quality of the highest grade of the Outback with further functional finishing touches. In addition to the kinds of exterior and interior decorative touches that display the distinctive elegance of the Outback, such as exclusive grill and wheels, Ultrasuede*4 seats, and panels with dark embossed silver accents, this model is also equipped with a navigation system with large 8-inch display, advanced functions such as Apple CarPlayTM / Android AutoTM compatibility, and the exclusive Harman/kardon audio system, bringing even more enjoyment and peace of mind to driving.
Subaru XV Fun Adventure Concept is a concept model that further emphasizes the tough and rugged design that is a feature of the Subaru XV. The full enjoyment of outdoor activities that is the Subaru XV worldview is expressed through exclusive off-road tires and a change in cladding with an even more powerful design to match. For the body color, a yellow metallic that will shine powerfully in the great outdoors has been chosen.
Impreza Future Sport Concept is a design concept car that proposes new values in a sporty car, based on the Impreza Sport, that will encourage the driver to enjoy driving even more freely than before. The front and rear bumpers, with the low center of gravity and dynamic shape, and the sporty center muffler that exudes presence are sure to evoke the enjoyment of driving. The car’s more active personality is expressed through the yellow-pearl body color and the contrasting interior coordination.