Despite Subaru’s April Fool’s joke about a diesel BRZ convertible last year, the Subaru Cross Sport Design — essentially a BRZ wagon — is no joke. It’s a real concept car at the 2013 Tokyo auto show, and although we have no idea whether it will make production, it’s an undeniably cool take on the crossover.
Our colleagues at Motor Trend report that the Subaru Cross Sport Design is slightly longer than a BRZ, with a higher ride height and a more upright rear hatch area. It still has two doors, and it’s still powered by a boxer engine driving the rear wheels, but it has a CVT in place of the BRZ’s conventional six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.
In front, the Cross Sport Design looks much like a BRZ, with slightly modified headlights and flared out fenders that give it an Outback-ish look. Viewed from the profile, the Cross Sport Design has a much longer roof that allows the rear seats to be pushed back for more room. The interior is totally redone, with a modernized layout featuring a large center LCD screen, a push-button gear selector, and a new flat-bottom steering wheel. The rear of the Cross Sport Design is also new, with a split tailgate design replacing the BRZ’s trunk and presumably providing more cargo room.
We have no idea if this Cross Sport Design concept is destined for production anytime soon, but one can only hope. Apparently Subaru says this concept aims to show its idea of what urban SUVs and crossovers will look like in the future. That’s a future we can live with — after all, who doesn’t love a BRZ wagon?