Subaru Corp. has shown a new VIZIV Performance Concept, a precursor of its next-generation sports sedan that has definite resemblances to the speedy Subaru WRX and more mainstream Legacy sedans on the road today.

The concept, which gives hints to a possible next-generation WRX expected out in 2020, features a sculpted front with hood scoop. A horizontal line intersects the nameplate in the grille, which has a three-dimensional appearance. Angled, “hawkeye” headlights and flared fenders complete the front look. The doors on the concept appear to be without handles. The rear of the sedan gets the same horizontal line that flows into the taillights. The back also features two exhaust pipes on each side.

Subaru showed the five-seat sports sedan concept at the Tokyo Motor Show and said it is the first of a series of VIZIV concept models, including more sedans. The VIZIV name was created from the phrase “Vision for Innovation.”

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High performance handling

The automaker says driving performance is aided by a low center of gravity and the car uses carbon fiber in the bumpers, fenders and on the roof. The VIZIV Performance Concept measures 182.67 inches long, 76.77 inches wide and 56.3 inches tall is about two inches longer than the WRX, about six inches wider and two inches shorter. The concept’s wheelbase at 107.5 inches is about three inches longer than the 2018 WRX.

Subaru said the VIZIV includes influences from iconic vehicles that embody Subaru driving performance: Legacy, Impreza and WRX. The mechanically, the concept employs Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel drive layout and its boxer engine.

The VIZIV Performance Concept also has a keen eye toward the future of automated driving. It includes advanced technologies which includes next-generation EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. The suite currently includes features such as adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and pre-collision braking.

Subaru said its advanced driver-assist technology is slated to launch around 2020 -- the same time the next-gen WRX is expected out. Subaru said that technology, coupled with the “high performance” of the boxer engine and all-wheel drive will “create a sports sedan symbolizing the enjoyment and peace of mind expected of its cars.”

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