SUBARU LEVORG CONCEPT
Subaru will preview a new wagon model at next month's Tokyo Motor Show, the carmaker has confirmed today.
The new concept will be called 'Levorg', which Subaru claims is a combination of the words 'Legacy' (the Liberty wagon's name in Japan), Revolution and Touring.
Subaru describes the concept as a "sports tourer prototype". The carmaker has also confirmed that a production model will follow in 2014, although it has specified only the Japanese market for now.
On the styling front, it is clear the new wagon will evolve the brand's current styling language, although key changes are evident in the shadowy teasers issued today.
Both images reveal that Subaru's familiar bonnet scoop will feature, feeding air to the concept's 1.6 litre direct-injected and turbocharged (DIT) engine.
At the front end, we see a version of Subaru's trapezoidal grill design and slender new headlights, previewing a sharpened new face to replace the bulky snout of the carmaker's current models.
At the rear, we see a hooked tail-light design unrelated to Subaru's existing models.
Ultimately, it's too soon to say exactly where the Levorg will fit into the Subaru line-up, or whether a sales debut will ever occur outside of Japan.
However, it might not be drawing too long a bow to suggest the carmaker is planning a new Impreza wagon that will share styling with the coming WRX performance sedan.
After all... look at that grille, that bonnet scoop, those headlights, those big guard flares, those elongated tail-lights.
They're not too far from the WRX sedan our spy photographers have caught recently.
Could it instead be a preview of the next Liberty wagon? The current model first appeared in 2009, which means a replacement won't be far away.
Watch for more details to come in Tokyo next month.