Friday, February 8, 2013

Conceptual Fun Starring Subaru

Concept cars are the best things about the auto shows. It's always fascinating to see a peak into what designs automakers are tinkering with to add to their future production lines.

Many concept cars never make it off the showroom floor – unless you hop behind the wheel and successfully drive it out of the convention center. (I wouldn't recommend doing this. High speed chases look cool on TV. They're no so cool when you're the one being pursued.)

Subaru will be offering a glimpse into the future with its new VIZIV concept car at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show in March. The VIZIV, a Subaru acronym referring to the phrase “vision for innovation,” is a prototype of the automaker's newest generation of crossover sedan. It promises to showcase advances in design and technology that foreshadow the direction Subaru will take through the remainder of the decade.

The only problem is that Subaru is being tight-lipped about most of the VIZIV features ahead of the official unveiling in Geneva. I get that they want to leave some things to the imagination. Still, offering up a few details on the engine, power train, interior controls and other such features would not do any damage. It's not like any rival automaker is going to copy it and slap something together in a month to steal Subaru's thunder.

Here's what we do know: the first image of the VIZIV features a large grille and c-shaped headlights and hints at having a two-door body. Elements of VIZIV will likely trickle down to Forester, Outback and other SUV models so it is probably also all-wheel drive instead of front wheel drive.

It's not likely any of us will ever get to drive a VIZIV in the near or distant future. Concept cars rarely make it into the production stage. But we will get to enjoy some elements from this concept model in test drives of other Subaru models.

You can test drive a new Subaru atTindol Subaru NC if you live the Tar Heel state or your local Subaru dealer elsewhere.


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