Subaru Viziv 2 Concept plugs into tomorrow
The latest in its series of "Vision for Innovation" show cars, the Subaru Viziv 2 Concept made its world debut in Geneva. Also a plug-in hybrid that shares the same philosophy as its Viziv Concept predecessor unveiled here last year, the new Viziv 2 features an all-new body configuration. While still pointing the direction Subaru anticipates taking with a future-generation crossover SUV, the Viziv 2 ups its door count from three to five gaining practicality as well as additional presence in the process. An even more prominent hexagonal grille and signature "hawkeye" headlamps/taillamps reinforce the theme and are complemented by large round supplemental lighting elements meant to further emphasize the Viziv 2's potential as an active lifestyle vehicle.
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Entry to the Viziv 2's cleanly styled and well-tailored 4-passenger cabin is done via front doors that swing up and out like those on Subaru's original Viziv, and rear doors that slide back. Accessing any of its well-contoured individual seats is made even easier thanks to the absence of a conventional B-pillar. Subaru also revisited the dash design for the new Viziv 2 and settled on a slightly more conventional -- albeit still fully digital - configuration that puts all of the critical readouts at eye level. In addition the latest infotainment touches, the Viziv 2 also incorporates Subaru's innovative autopilot system that permits semi-autonomous operation.
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While Subaru has yet to offer any additional information regarding its output or performance, the Viziv 2 Concept is motivated by what appears to be the same plug-in hybrid package seen on the original Viziv show car. Its 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder "boxer" diesel is paired with a single electric motor to drive the front wheels through a Lineartronic CVT automatic while an additional motor is used at each rear wheel in a configuration Subaru has dubbed "Independent-rear-motor-driven symmetrical AWD."
Similar in function to Honda's 3-motor sport hybrid system, this new Subaru setup can provide active torque vectoring that will offer even better control than its existing systems regardless of road surfaces or weather conditions. While individual components may vary depending on application, this basic design approach is expected to be used on future Subaru production models.
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