Subaru will show VIZIV Future Concept SUV at 2015 Tokyo Motor Show

Article by Andrew Christian, on October 22, 2015

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI) is planning to unveil two new Subaru concept cars at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show that will be opened to the public from October 30 to November 8.

Likewise, Fuji Heavy is planning to display four new production models, which will only be revealed on October 28. Another four models will be on display – making the company’s booth a 10-vehicle exhibit with the theme of “New Subaru Story.”

The concept behind this theme lies with Subaru’s objective to provide vehicles that can bring “enjoyment and peace of mind,” thus broadening what customers can do with their autos and becoming the platform for a new story.

For this reiteration of the Tokyo Motor Show, Subaru will use the “Subaru Life Theater” – featuring five large screens -- to portray the “enjoyment and peace of mind” as provided by the Japanese carmaker.

The first of the new concept cars to be displayed at the Tokyo Motor Show is the Subaru VIZIV Future Concept SUV, which personifies Subaru’s future vision of driving “enjoyment and peace of mind” by featuring an array of automatic driving functions and other advanced safety technology.

The Subaru VIZIV Future Concept comes with a suite of design features that urges customers to get active. Amazingly, this concept SUV provides a glimpse at next-generation technologies aimed at enhancing Subaru’s reputation for driving "enjoyment and peace of mind."

These next-gen technologies include the automatic driving technology derived from the evolution of EyeSight as well as a power system that combines a downsized turbo engine with a hybrid unit.

Adhering to the "Subaru & Active Life" design concept, the Subaru VIZIV Future Concept brings to the real world the Subaru Dynamic & Solid design theme, which encourages owners to get more active.

In terms of looks, the Subaru VIZIV Future Concept features a clear polished body that exudes high density and sturdiness.

Such impression is further enhanced by the addition of dynamic extended fenders that hints at the reliability of Subaru All-Wheel Drive (AWD). This new concept model stays true to its SUV styling with dynamic wide bumper motif as well as strong motifs flowing from the signature Subaru hexagonal grill to the sides and then ascending to the rear pillar.

Moving inside, the cabin of the Subaru VIZIV Future Concept features a dynamic motif flowing symmetrically from the interface between the center and the frame, inducing the occupants’ peace of mind and the driver’s anticipation to drive.

Moreover, the cabin features a beige and black contrast as well as orange as a unified accent color. This concept also features a camera mounted on the instrument panel glare shield for monitoring the driver.

As Subaru continues to evolve its EyeSight stereo camera-using technology while combining vehicle-to-external communications and telematics, the carmaker has made it possible to expand the meaning of driving "enjoyment and peace of mind" by making advancements to EyeSight, Subaru's original stereo camera-using technology, and by merging the linking technologies like vehicle-to-external communications and telematics.

Subaru combined the EyeSight’s advanced front recognition with all-direction radar sensing, thereby giving the vehicle an ability to monitor traffic and risk from all its sides.

The Subaru VIZIV Future Concept is also blessed with high-accuracy GPS and map data for pinpointing its precise location, allowing optimum control to be applied based on curves, lane lines, and other route information.

This means that collisions can be actively avoided and passively prevented from all directions, even when the vehicle is going left or right. Moreover, the Subaru VIZIV Future Concept allows automatic driving at all speeds on expressways as well as and automatic parking at home or in parking lots.

Powertrain

Powering the Subaru VIZIV Future Concept is the next-generation hybrid system that features every element of the unit first seen on the Subaru XV Hybrid. This hybrid system is complemented by a downsized turbo engine, thereby resulting to better fuel efficiency and smoother linear feel during acceleration.

This downsized turbo engine -- first seen on the Levorg -- is now more advanced and is optimized for the next generation of Subaru cars. Compact, lightweight, and fuel-efficient, this downsized turbo engine helps provide the Subaru VIZIV Future Concept with the ability to provide driving "enjoyment and peace of mind" to its owners.

Furthermore, the Subaru VIZIV Future Concept uses symmetrical motor AWD. This means the concept has no propeller shaft, which was removed by mounting the single motor concentrically on the rear axle.

Aside from providing the Subaru VIZIV Future Concept with AWD capabilities, this system allows for a flat floor, resulting to a more spacious interior. Additionally, the Subaru VIZIV Future Concept also features Subaru AWD performance as well as improved maneuverability, resulting from being able to control the driving force distribution of the front and rear.

Press Release

Subaru VIZIV Future Concept

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the manufacturer of Subaru automobiles, will unveil two new concept cars at the 44th Tokyo Motor Show 2015 (Press Days: October 28 and 29; General Public: October 30 to November 8). The Company also plans to exhibit four new production models scheduled to be announced on October 28, and four other models for a total of ten models being shown.

“New Subaru Story” is the theme of this year’s booth. By providing automobiles that can be used with “enjoyment and peace of mind”, Subaru wants to be broaden the activity realm of customers, becoming the occasion for a new story. At this year’s show, the “Subaru Life Theater” will use five large screens to portray the worldview of “enjoyment and peace of mind” provided by Subaru.

Among the products on display will be two concept models in their world premieres, the “Subaru VIZIV Future Concept” giving substance to Subaru’s future vision by incorporating automatic driving functions and other advanced safety technology, and the “Impreza 5-Door Concept”, a design study model of the next-generation Impreza.

Subaru VIZIV Future Concept

Subaru VIZIV Future Concept is a SUV-type concept model embodying the future vision of car development for "enjoyment and peace of mind" that Subaru wants to provide to customers. Along with a package of design features that motivate the owner to get out and get active, this car gives a look at next-generation technologies that will further enhance the reputation of Subaru for "enjoyment and peace of mind" in driving. Among them are the automatic driving technology resulting from the ongoing evolution of EyeSight, and the power unit combining a downsized turbo engine with a hybrid system. Subaru remains focused on providing cars that enrich the lives of customers, as the start of an exciting new chapter. The Subaru VIZIV Future Concept gives a glimpse at the future Subaru has in mind for the brand.

Design

The design concept is "Subaru & Active Life". Giving concrete form to the Subaru Dynamic & Solid design theme, the design clearly shows the value of "enjoyment and peace of mind", while generating the urge to go out and actively discover the wide world.

Exterior

The body as a three-dimensional solid form is given a clear polished surface enhancing the impression of high density and sturdiness. This design along with the powerfully extended fenders expressing the reliability of Subaru All-Wheel Drive (AWD) evoke the safety, enjoyment, and peace of mind of Subaru.

A true SUV style is expressed throughout, by the strong motifs starting from the hexagonal grill that symbolizes the Subaru identity and flowing to the sides and then ascending to the rear pillar, as well as by the dynamic and wide bumper motif.

Interior
The interior design heightens peace of mind and the anticipation of driving, by means of a dynamic motif spreading out symmetrically from the cutting-edge interface between the center and powerful frame.
An active life style is evoked by the beige and black contrast along with the use of orange as a unified accent color inside and out, creating a sporty and joyful space.
A camera for monitoring the driver is located on the instrument panel glare shield, further adding to peace of mind when driving.

Advanced safety / human-machine interface (HMI) / telematics

"Enjoyment and peace of mind" have been expanded by making advancements to EyeSight, Subaru's original stereo camera-using technology, and by merging the linking technologies like vehicle-to-external communications and telematics. Element technologies have been incorporated that will lead to development of automatic driving worthy of Subaru.

Combining the advanced front recognition of EyeSight with all-direction radar sensing, the traffic environment around the vehicle and risk from all sides are monitored. In addition, high-accuracy GPS and map data are used to pinpoint the vehicle location with high precision; and optimum control is applied based on curves, lane lines, and other information about the route ahead. Thanks to these technologies, not only is collision avoidance realized during straight-ahead movement, but avoidance of collision in all directions, with vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians, when turning at intersections or when backing up, is also enhanced. Automatic driving is realized at all speeds on expressways, and automatic parking is supported at home or in commercial facilities' parking lots.

The adoption of technological advances in telematics and HMI enables anticipation of traffic, weather, and other conditions along the route ahead, as well as effective communication of intentions with people and vehicles. Communication of information supporting the customer's hobbies and other aspects of an active life is another feature of automatic driving that imparts driving peace of mind while making car life more interesting.

Power unit

The next-generation hybrid system has advanced every aspect of the system first launched on the market with the Subaru XV Hybrid. The combination with a downsized turbo engine improves fuel efficiency, while at the same time the smooth, linear feel when accelerating brings driving enjoyment.

Next-generation downsized direct-injection turbo engine

The downsized turbo engine adopted by Subaru for the first time in the Levorg has been further advanced, and optimized in all dimensions specifically for the next generation of cars. Compact size, light weight, and net thermal efficiency that is top in the segment raise to a new level the ability of Subaru to combine enjoyable driving with fuel efficiency.

Symmetrical motor AWD

The propeller shaft has been eliminated by mounting the single motor concentrically on the rear axle in a compact layout. In addition to AWD capabilities, a flat floor is realized for an expansive, comfortable interior space. Moreover, it inherits the Subaru AWD performance while further improving maneuverability, thanks to the vectoring effect of actively controlling front/rear driving force distribution.

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