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Subaru ?Viziv 2? To Debut In Geneva Photo:
 
 
Mike Stevens | Feb, 21 2014 | 5 Comments

Subaru will unveil a new take on last year’s Viziv SUV concept at next month’s Geneva Motor Show, the company has confirmed.

It was the same show that hosted the original concept’s unveiling last year, but Subaru says this new ‘Viziv 2’ will evolve the design into a “future-generation crossover” preview.

A teaser image released today reveals that the Viziv will get a brand-new face, taking its headlight styling from the WRX and Liberty concepts that preceded the recently unveiled production models.

The concept’s grille will also take on a bolder look, while the front bumper’s makeover will include deeper intakes and new ringed LED fog lights.

We can likely expect a similar overhaul through the profile and at the rear, although we’ll have to wait until next month to see those angles - unless new teasers surface in the coming weeks.

In its ‘version 1’ form, the Viziv is powered by a new diesel-electric hybrid system that sees Subaru’s 2.0 litre engine mated to a set of electric motors and a CVT auto transmission.

There’s an electric motor up front to aid both driving and battery charge, while the rear motor provides drive only - and forms a key part of the concept’s all-wheel-drive system.

Above: last year's Viziv concept.
Above: last year's Viziv concept.

Subaru describes the system as "independent rear motor-driven All-Wheel-Drive", with the rear motors increasing power when the steering wheel is turned, sending more torque to the outside wheel for improved cornering.

In stop-start city traffic, all-electric power is used, with all wheels driven by the motors from stationary starts.

Subaru has confirmed plans to develop the new system for future production models, promising the same "outstanding handling stability, secure feel and confident driving" it is known for.

Whether the Viziv itself previews a future production model is unclear however, although it could reveal a glimpse of a next-generation replacement for the current XV.

If the Viziv does reach showrooms, don't expect to see it before 2016.

 
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