The Tokyo Motor Show is always a fun time of year for auto makers and enthusiasts all over the globe. Some brands are busy unveiling the next model year of their current lineup, and others tease fans with futuristic concepts. Subaru joined in the fun by unveiling a new performance concept car, the Subaru VIZIV Performance STI Concept. This is not the first time a concept car bearing the VIZIV name made its appearance in Tokyo, with the first of its kind appearing onstage at last year’s event, too.
The VIZIV STI builds on the design of its prototypical predecessor, with a similar build, but with this concept having a more confident and aggressive look. It also takes some inspiration from previous Impreza models and STI concepts with hot pink accents, a stacked rear wing, and unique badging. Critics suspect that Subaru plans to incorporate the overall look of these concept cars into the next generation of STI models from the brand, which are expected to launch sometime after the year 2020.
Subaru’s STI lineup has remained largely unchanged for the past decade or so, thus necessitating the introduction of a new generation. With the VIZIV performance concept car making multiple appearances at the Tokyo Motor Show, Subaru seems to be hinting that it recognizes this and is working to rectify it.
It’s no secret that all of us here at Steve Lewis Subaru think that every car buyer in America should be purchasing a Subaru vehicle. There are thousands of reasons to buy a Subaru, but here are some of our favorites:
Standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
Almost every automaker offers some version of AWD on some of its models, but no other automaker besides Subaru promises standard AWD on all of its models. Its innovative symmetrical AWD system is more reliable and high-performing than other systems adapted from two-wheel drive.
As Safe as Safe Can Be
Subaru regularly earns IIHS Top Safety Pick awards across its model line-up, a feat few other automakers can boast. Innovations such as Subaru’s ring-shaped frame construction, safety brake pedal system, and the Subaru Vehicle Dynamics Control put Subaru in a league of its own when it comes to Safety.
The Price is Right
No other automaker provides standard ahead-of-the-curve innovations within financial reach of everyday drivers the way that Subaru does.
Of course, the top reasons to buy a Subaru are those that you discover yourself. You’re invited to Steve Lewis Subaru for a test drive any time — try not to fall in love too fast!
The Subaru Viziv-7 concept debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, marking the first time Subaru has considered adding a large SUV to its lineup since the discontinuation of the Tribeca years ago. The Viziv-7 is an SUV with seating for 7 passengers and is larger than the Chevy Tahoe, one of the biggest in the segment.
The Viziv-7 is 205 inches long from bumper to bumper and 72 inches tall, allowing for tons of cargo space in addition to exceptional comfort for passengers. Not much is known yet about the SUV concept besides cosmetic details, but we do know that it will be the largest Subaru ever.
Subaru has a new concept of car development with the goal of “enjoyment and peace of mind,” which it’s implementing with the design of the Viziv-7. Subaru is an outdoors-oriented brand that prioritizes dependability and safety, and the Viziv-7 speaks to those values as well as answering customer desire for a full-size SUV.
The Viziv-7 reflects the direction of future Subaru vehicles, including a transition to larger vehicles that can also be seen in the 2017 Impreza, which has been redesigned to be longer and wider than previous model years. The name “Viziv” is derived from “Vision for Innovation.”
The lineup of vehicle in the Subaru family is already pretty diverse. Whenever Subaru announces a new trim for one of its models, that is reason to get excited. So imagine our excitement when Subaru added an extra trim to two of its vehicles.
According to a report from Car and Driver, Subaru will add a trim to its Legacy and Outback vehicles.
In 2017, The Subaru Legacy will extend its own legacy with the addition of a Sport trim to its lineup. The 2017 Subaru Legacy Sport will add exterior styling to the vehicle in order to give it a more sporty design. That sporty design will extend into a redesigned cabin for the Subaru Legacy, giving the vehicle a spirted look both inside and out.
Meanwhile, the Subaru Outback is set to receive a Touring trim level when its 2017 model is introduced. The 2017 Subaru Outback Touring will be lined with some of Subaru’s best technologies. The new Outback model is set to come standard with a 7-inch touchscreen multimedia interface, as well as Subaru’s newest EyeSight system, which provides drivers with automatic headlights and braking.
As the release of these two new models approaches, be sure to stop by Steve Lewis Subaru when they finally hit the market.
There are plenty of sporty features on the 2017 Subaru WRX, which is due to arrive in dealerships sometime this month. The WRX, which was just introduced for the first time in 2015 as a 2016 model, has seen a surprising number of updates for its second year.
The new WRX will have the same available Sport Lineartronic continuously variable transmission that will now be equipped with EyeSight Driver Assist features. This transmission option also enables SI-DRIVE, which allows for more responsive handling, and the Sport and Sport Sharp modes improve the performance of the manual transmission. Vehicle Dynamics Control and Active Torque Vectoring make turning corners more precise.
It will also come with standard 18-inch summer performance tires on two of its trim levels and an available rear trunk spoiler. The design of the front seats gets an update as well, making them sportier and more cockpit-like, with red stitching on leather trim, and the exterior will include standard LED headlights.