2014 Geneva Motor Show welcomes the Subaru Viziv 2 Concept

Article by Andrew Christian, on March 4, 2014

If you didn’t like the Viziv Concept, Subaru prepared the Viziv 2 Concept for the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. Accorsing to Subaru, the new Viziv 2 Concept offers the brand value "Enjoyment and Peace of Mind" on all road surface conditions, driving environments and usage.

Compared with the Viziv’s two-door body, the new Viziv 2 has four doors and its body received a packaging design enabling four adults to ride comfortably even on long road trips. The first visual impact with the car shows the hexagonal grille that together with the headlights evoke images of the Boxer engine, while the large circular lights serve to emphasize the image of an active crossover.

The core hexagonal shape of the body is repeated again in the rear. The rear end features lamps that make the car feel wider and strong fenders that impress a sense of stability.

Under the hood, we find a hybrid system consisting of a small displacement turbocharged engine which is popular in many markets Subaru used a 1.6-liter Horizontally-Opposed direct injection turbo "DIT" engine, bolted to a high-torque-compatible Lineartronic (CVT).

Moreover, the hybrid system uses one front motor and two rear motors.

“Independent-rear-motor-driven symmetrical AWD system which is leading the way to a future generation of Subaru AWD technology has been adopted for the VIZIV 2. Subaru is constantly refining its unique AWD systems according to the development philosophy "Four-wheel management". "Independent-rear-motor-driven symmetrical AWD" system provides fine-tuned control of the four wheels to match the travel environment and road surface conditions.” said the press release. [source: Subaru]

Press Release

Subaru Viziv 2 Concept

One year after unveiling the original concept, Subaru has revealed a new version of its two-door, four-seater future technology and design showcase vehicle - the Subaru VIZIV-2 Concept - at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

The VIZIV-2 is a next generation crossover concept inspired by the phrase 'Vision for Innovation' and has been created to show how advanced technology can further improve the All-Wheel Drive (AWD) Subaru driving experience, while indicating at a possible future design direction for Subaru's production vehicles.

The 4.4-metre long VIZIV-2 concept has been designed asthe ideal vehicle to support urban families with active lifestyles, powered by a 1.6-litre turbo-diesel 'DIT' (Direct-Injection Turbo) Boxer engine, plus three electric motors.

Design

With its large stretched 'C' shaped headlamps and prominent round LED fog lights, the VIZIV-2 presents the image of an active crossover with a solid body form, polished surfaces and an impression of rigidity that expresses Subaru's legendary safety and security.

The core hexagonal shape of the body is present in the front grille and is repeated at the rear where the combination lamps are styled to make the car appear wider. In profile, the powerful flanks pose in a dynamic stance, coupled with robust bumpers that feature Subaru's characteristic cladding and vectoring lamps to highlight the car's stability and Subaru's AWD system. The concept car is finished in Magnetite Silver Metallic.

Inside, VIZIV-2 features a cabin which inspires a dynamic, enjoyable driving experience. The interior space encapsulates function, safety and enjoyment with an authenticity that is uniquely Subaru. Viewed from the driver's seat, the instrument cluster design stresses drivability and ease-of-use, showing the operating status for EyeSight, Subaru's advanced driver assistance system, and the vehicle's multi-directional sensing systems.

Powertrain

Building on more than 40 years' experience of its hallmark AWD technology, Subaru's new independent rear motor-driven Symmetrical AWD system developed for VIZIV-2 points to a future generation of Subaru AWD technology.

While the diesel engine and front electric motor power the front wheels, at the rear two independent motors allow the same or different levels of torque to be applied to the left and right rear wheels, depending on driving conditions. A third motor powers the front wheels, with power provided by a lithium-ion battery pack. Completing the plug-in hybrid powertrain, the four-cylinder 1.6-litre DIT diesel engine is coupled with a Lineartronic (CVT) automatic transmission.

Besides helping acceleration and performance in all conditions, this ground-breaking AWD system employs torque vectoring to improve stability and agility - minimising understeer by reducing power to the inside wheel and increasing power to the outside wheel. It ensures ease and confidence on the road and provides a new level of driving enjoyment, while increasing the active safety performance typical of every AWD Subaru model.

This unique system automatically selects the best time to use each power unit according to its strengths and the driving conditions, achieving greater fuel efficiency and maximum stability and safety. The generous torque generated by the diesel engine and the electric motors ensures strong, linear acceleration and responsive performance in the best traditions of a Subaru.

During low-speed or city driving, the front and rear motors supply much of the vehicle's propulsion, while the diesel engine and high-efficiency Lineartronic take over at higher speeds. The VIZIV-2's auto start/stop system and its multiple charging methods - engine power generation, regenerative braking and plug-in charging - further improve efficiency.

VIZIV-2 features a new variation of Subaru's SI-DRIVE driving control system, Hybrid SI-DRIVE, which allows the driver to select different profiles for the engine and transmission. To the original system's 'Intelligent' and 'Sports' modes, this adds an 'Eco-Cruise' mode which works in conjunction with the EyeSight driver assist system. Travel conditions, monitored by the EyeSight's stereo camera, are continuously assessed and the data is used to fine-tune the engine and motor outputs in order to reduce fuel consumption and minimise emissions, while ensuring a safe and rewarding driving experience.

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