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Subaru VIZIV Performance Concept: Ausblick auf den neuen Subaru WRX STi

Das Subaru VIZIV Performance Concept hat heute seine Weltpremiere auf der Tokyo Motor Show 2017 gefeiert. Die Sportlimousine erweitert die VIZIV-Concept-Car-Serie, mit der Subaru einen Ausblick auf das Design künftiger Modelle gibt, die Fahrspaß ohne Kompromisse versprechen. Vor allem bietet das VIZIV Performance Concept aber einen Ausblick auf die kommenden Subaru-WRX-Generation.

Die erste Limousine unter diesen Fahrzeugstudien übernimmt laut Subaru die Fahrleistungen und die bewährte Antriebskombination aus permanentem Allradantrieb Symmetrical AWD und den über fünf Jahrzehnte stetig verfeinerten Boxermotoren. In Vorbereitung auf das künftige automatisierte Fahren sind fortschrittliche Assistenzsysteme an Bord. Hierzu gehören unter anderem die nächste Generation des  Eyesight-Systems, das verschiedene Assistenten miteinander verknüpft, Radar-Einheiten sowie ein besonders genaues GPS- und Navigationssystem.

Um das typische Subaru-Fahrerlebnis zu verkörpern, zieht das 4,63 Meter lange Konzeptfahrzeug optische Anleihen von anderen fahrdynamischen Modellen der Marke: dem Legacy, der diesen Ruf begründete; dem Impreza, der die Rallye-Weltmeisterschaft im Sturm eroberte; und dem WRX, der immer noch den Motorsport weltweit dominiert.

Die Athletik und Sportlichkeit unterstreichen eine steife, vorwärts gerichtete Karosserie mit niedrigem Schwerpunkt, die dynamisch ausgestellten Kotflügel und Karbon-Teile an Stoßfängern, Radhäusern und Dach. Der dreidimensionale Kühlergrill wird von Scheinwerfern im Adleraugen-Design flankiert. Die ausgestellten Radhäuser stehen für die Robustheit und Zuverlässigkeit des Symmetrical AWD. Am Heck finden sich Doppelauspuff-Endrohre.

Die Original-Pressemeldung:

The Subaru VIZIV* series of concept models embodies the brand’s vision for the future of making cars that deliver Enjoyment and Peace of Mind to its customers. Packaged in the first sedan body of the series, the Subaru VIZIV Performance Concept draws on iconic models symbolizing superior Subaru driving performance and the Symmetrical AWD layout powered by a boxer engine honed over more than five decades of development. In sports sedan form, it conveys the concept of driving enjoyment that Subaru will continue to pursue. In anticipation of widespread future deployment of automated driving technologies, advanced driver assist functions combining the next-generation EyeSight system with other devices have been installed in a sedan body encouraging active enjoyment of driving, to express Subaru’s distinctive worldview of driving with Enjoyment and Peace of Mind.

*: VIZIV is a coined word originating from the phrase “Vision for Innovation.”

Main Specifications of Subaru VIZIV Performance Concept
Body size (overall length × width × height): 4,630 × 1,950 × 1,430 mm
Wheelbase: 2,730 mm
Tire size: 245/40 R20
Seating capacity: 5 persons

Design Features
To express the distinctive enjoyment of driving a Subaru, the VIZIV Performance Concept draws on previous models symbolizing the Subaru driving experience: the Legacy, which defined Subaru as a drivers’ car, the Impreza, which took the World Rally Championship by storm, and the WRX, which still dominates motor racing around the world. Based on Subaru’s shared “Dynamic × Solid” design philosophy, this next-generation sports sedan encapsulates driving enjoyment.

Driving performance is highlighted by a rigid, forward-thrusting body with low center of gravity, the dynamic flare of the fenders, the use of carbon fiber parts in the bumpers, fenders, and roof, and the bold glimpse of the exhaust in the rear bumper.

The three-dimensional form of the front grill flanked by hawkeye headlights hints at the boxer engine they conceal, and muscular fenders on all four corners of the body testify to the reliability of the Symmetrical AWD. Maintaining consistency with previous Subaru concept cars and production models, the VIZIV Performance Concept embodies the Subaru powertrain, which is part of the brand’s identity.

Advanced Driver-Assist Technologies
Subaru has teamed advanced driver-assist technologies scheduled for launch around 2020 with the high performance offered by the boxer engine and Symmetrical AWD to create a sports sedan symbolizing the Enjoyment and Peace of Mind to be expected of its cars. By also incorporating further enhancements to EyeSight driver-assist technology, radar, and highly accurate GPS and navigation systems, Subaru continues to pursue ultimate levels of safety in the aim of eliminating automobile accidents.