Subaru VIZIV Performance revealed, WRX of the future?

October 25, 2017

The new Subaru VIZIV Performance concept has made its debut at the Tokyo motor show in Japan. You may have heard of the VIZIV concept before, but this one is focused on performance.

Subaru calls it the first sedan body of the concept series, potentially giving us some clues of the next-gen WRX and Liberty design. It’s powered by a boxer engine, following tradition, and features a symmetrical all-wheel drive system.

The design captures the company’s “Dynamic X Solid” philosophy, with a low centre of gravity thanks to carbon fibre elements in the bumper bars, guards, roof, and exhaust tips. At the front is a three-dimensional grille supported by Subaru’s crazy new ‘hawkeye’ headlight design.

Measuring 4630mm in length, 1950mm in width, and 1430mm in height, the VIZIV Performance concept is about 165mm shorter, 110mm wider, and 70mm lower than the current Liberty, making in more in line with the WRX. This leaves a very sporty, low-profile presence. Speaking about the concept, Subaru said:

“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.”

Also making its debut at the Tokyo event is the BRZ STI Sport which comes with STI bits and pieces, as well as Brembo brakes, Sachs dampers and an exclusive front bumper bar. The interior also gets special Alcantara seats, and a heap of STI logos.

The STI Sport will go on sale in Japan only, but Subaru Australia will be releasing a special edition later this year that will feature elements from this concept.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.