Subaru unveiled its VIZIV Performance Concept at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show. The VIZIV series of concepts embodies Subaru’s vision for the future of making cars that deliver “Enjoyment and Peace of Mind.”
The first sedan body of the series, the VIZIV Performance Concept symbolizes superior Subaru driving performance and the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) layout, powered by a Boxer engine honed over more than five decades of development.
In sports sedan form, it conveys the concept of driving enjoyment that Subaru continues to pursue. In anticipation of widespread future deployment of automated driving technologies, advanced driver assist functions, combining the next generation EyeSight® system with other devices, are installed.
The name VIZIV derives from “Vision for Innovation.”
Body size (overall length × width × height): 4,630 × 1,950 × 1,430 mm
Wheelbase: 2,730 mm
Tyre size: 245/40 R20
Seating capacity: Five
The VIZIV Performance Concept draws inspiration from previous production models symbolizing the Subaru driving experience: the Legacy (Liberty in Australia), which defined Subaru as a driver’s car, plus Impreza and WRX, which took the World Rally Championship by storm.
Based on Subaru’s “Dynamic X Solid” design philosophy, this next-generation sports sedan encapsulates driving enjoyment.
Driving performance is highlighted by a low centre of gravity, the dynamic flare of the guards, use of carbon fibre parts in the bumpers, guards and roof, and the glimpse of the exhaust in the rear bumper. The three-dimensional form of the front grille is flanked by hawk-eye headlights while the muscular guards point to the reliability of Symmetrical AWD.
ADVANCED DRIVER ASSIST TECHNOLOGIES
Subaru has teamed advanced driver assist technologies scheduled for launch around 2020, with the high performance offered by the Boxer engine and Symmetrical AWD - creating a sports sedan symbolizing the “Enjoyment and Peace of Mind” expected of its cars.
By also incorporating further enhancements to EyeSight driver assist technology, radar and highly accurate GPS and navigation systems, Subaru continues to pursue the ultimate levels of safety, aimed at eliminating accidents.
BRZ STI SPORT
Also unveiled in Tokyo was the BRZ STI Sport. While on-sale only in the Japan domestic market, some elements will be included in a yet-to-be disclosed Australian variant, which will be on sale around end of year. The new range-topping variant in Japan has been jointly developed with Subaru Tecnica International (STI), to achieve new levels of driving performance, quality feel and luxury.
The suspension features flexible V-braces and flexible draw stiffener front suspension. Exclusive 18-inch alloy wheels and high-performance tyres are used. The ZF-made SACHS shock absorbers, and coil springs specially tuned by STI, improve steering response and suppress roll - achieving flexible but highly stable driving performance.
The exterior is highlighted by an exclusive front bumper and adopts glossy black components, emphasizing strength and superb driving performance. The interior colour motif is unique to the variant, featuring Bordeaux red coordination. Quality materials include genuine leather and Alcantara® seats.
Exclusive components are used for the instrument panel and its glare shield, and for the steering wheel, creating a sporty and special space.
MAIN FEATURES OF BRZ STI SPORT
Suspension and wheels
- Specially tuned SACHS shock absorbers (made by ZF) and coil springs
- STI-designed flexible V-braces
- STI-designed flexible draw stiffeners (front)
- 18-inch black alloy wheels
- 215/40R18 high-performance tyres
- Brembo four-wheel ventilated disc brakes
- Exclusive front bumper
- STI emblem (front and rear)
- BRZ emblem (black)
- Exclusive front bumper garnish (with STI logo)
- Power-retractable remote-control door mirrors (black)
- Black shark fin antenna
- Exclusive Alcantara® leather seats (Black/Bordeaux red; front seat heater)
- Instrument panel with exclusive TFT colour Multi-Information Display (STI logo)
- Exclusive instrument panel glare shield (Grande Luxe, red stitching)
- Exclusive leather-wrapped steering wheel (high-tactile leather, red stitching, with dark cast metallic trim)
- Exclusive door armrests (Bordeaux red, red stitching)
- Exclusive shoulder pads (Grande Luxe, red stitching)
- Piano black trim (air conditioner switch panel, power window switch panel)
- Stainless steel side sill plates with STI logo
Subaru will unveil two new concept cars at the 44th Tokyo Motor Show later this month. Making their world premieres will be the Subaru VIZIV Future Concept and the Impreza five-door concept. The VIZIV includes automatic driving functions and other advanced safety technology, while the Impreza is a design study for the next generation of Subaru’s popular small car. The name VIZIV is derived from “Vision for Innovation.”
Both cars will be unveiled on October 28 at a press briefing by Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, the President of Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI), the maker of Subaru vehicles. It will be streamed live starting from 3.45 pm AEST at SUBARU-USTREAM. The official Subaru website will also feature information about the Subaru stand.
The VIZIV Future Concept is described as an SUV-type concept model. Its technologies include automatic driving capability, resulting from the ongoing evolution of Subaru’s EyeSight driver assist system. The powerplant combines a down-sized turbocharged engine with a hybrid system. The design is based on the concept of “Subaru and Active Life” and features an All-Wheel Drive platform and Subaru’s signature hexagonal grille.
Inside, a camera for monitoring the driver is located on the instrument panel glare shield.
ADVANCED VIZIV TECHNOLOGIES
EyeSight is linked with telematics and FHI says technologies have been incorporated that will lead to development of automatic driving.
The advanced front recognition of EyeSight combines with all-direction radar sensing, monitoring traffic around the vehicle and risks from all sides. In addition, high-accuracy GPS and map data are used to pinpoint the vehicle’s location with high precision. Optimum control is applied based on information seen and sensed about the route ahead, including corners and lane lines. The result is straight-ahead collision avoidance, combined with enhanced all-direction collision avoidance with vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians, when turning at intersections or reversing.
Automatic driving is capable at all speeds on expressways, and automatic parking is supported at home or in commercial car parks. Use of technological advances in telematics and Human-Machine Interface (HMI) enables anticipation of traffic, weather, and other conditions along the route ahead, as well as effective communication of intentions with people and vehicles. Communication of information about the driver’s hobbies and other aspects of an active life is another feature of automatic driving.
NEXT-GENERATION HYBRID SYSTEM
The next-generation hybrid has advanced every aspect of the system first launched overseas on the XV Hybrid. Combined with a downsized turbo engine, it improves fuel efficiency, while producing driving enjoyment via the smooth, linear feel when accelerating.
NEXT-GENERATION DOWNSIZED DIRECT-INJECTION TURBO ENGINE
The downsized turbo engine adopted by Subaru for the first time in the Japan domestic market Levorg, is further advanced, and optimized in all dimensions. It offers compact size and light weight combined with net thermal efficiency that is top in the segment. This takes Subaru’s ability to combine enjoyable driving and fuel efficiency to a new level.
SYMMETRICAL MOTOR ALL-WHEEL DRIVE (AWD)
The propeller shaft has been eliminated by mounting the single motor concentrically on the rear axle in a compact layout. In addition to AWD capabilities, a flat floor is produced, for an expansive, comfortable interior space. It incorporates Subaru’s renowned AWD performance while further improving maneuverability, thanks to the vectoring effect of actively controlling front/rear driving force distribution.
IMPREZA FIVE-DOOR CONCEPT
The Impreza five-door Concept takes its inspiration from the design of the next-generation Impreza envisaged in FHI’s Mid-Term Management Vision “Prominence 2020,” announced in May 2014, as the next Subaru new-generation model.
The dynamic and solid theme will be featured more prominently in new-generation models as the essence of Subaru.