Building anticipation for the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, Subaru today revealed images of three concept vehicles that will be displayed at their exhibit in late November. The photos detail the Viziv Evolution concept, Subaru Crossover 7 concept, and Levorg sport touring prototype.
Subaru’s Levorg concept, which gets its name from the combination of “Legacy”, “Revolution”, and “Touring,” looks to be a preview of the next-gen Subaru Legacy wagon. The powertrain consists of Subaru’s new 1.6-liter DIT (Subaru-speak for direct injection turbo) boxer engine, and sports advanced technology features like "steering support control" and the EyeSight safety system, which is designed to prevent collisions using specialized three-dimensional cameras.
Subaru is targeting the Japanese market with the Levorg prototype, which still receives the Legacy wagon that is no longer offered to U.S. customers. The design language is much sharper on the Levorg than in the previous-gen Legacy, with aggressive lines sloping downward from the rear fender over the wheel arches, a canted roofline extending to the rear, and angular headlamps and housings on the front end. Dynamic design elements on the Levorg, such as grille and headlight shapes, remind us of the 2015 WRX concept which will debut at the Los Angeles auto show on November 20th, the same day the Levorg prototype will be unveiled at a press briefing at the Tokyo show. The Levorg will likely be a solid indicator of what Subaru’s sweeping model refresh will look like in the coming cycles.
The Subaru Viziv Evolution concept, which was also exhibited at the 2013 Geneva show, is shown here in a slightly more advanced form. The Viziv Evolution we saw in Geneva utilized a diesel-hybrid set up, whereas this iteration is a plug-in hybrid that employs the same 1.6-liter DIT boxer engine in the Levorg concept. The overall design carries over, though, with the engine connected to a continuously variable transmission, one electric motor up front and two additional electric motors connected to the rear wheels. Technology is a big component of the innovative all-wheel drive Viziv Evolution concept, which will also come with a new autopilot system that previsions the future of fully-autonomous vehicles.
The new Crossover 7 concept, a seven-seater crossover, looks to fill the hole left following the demise of the Subaru Tribeca that will end production in January 2014. Subaru has already confirmed to us that plans for a new three-row crossover are in the works, and according to Automotive News, a replacement will be ready within three years. The Crossover 7 concept is powered by a 2.5-liter boxer engine mated to a continuously variable transmission, which is connected to Subaru’s signature symmetrical all-wheel drive. Judging by the complete lack of dramatic concept looks on the Crossover 7, it is quite possible that we are looking at a vehicle that will closely resemble the production model.
Subaru will also debut the Subaru Cross Sport Design concept at the Tokyo show, which it claims will be the “next trend in urban SUVs” according to a press release. No photos of this future compact crossover are available as of now, but stay tuned for further updates as the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show approaches.