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Sports cars are a notoriously tough sell over the long-term. Like convertibles, sales of even the best sports cars tend to be front-loaded in the first couple of years, at which point they drop off like a stone. That may serve to explain this mysterious two-door wagonback concept from Subaru, dubbed Cross Sport Design Concept.

While details aren't exactly thick on the ground, at first blush, this appears to be a higher-riding BRZ with a more utilitarian backpack. Reports suggest the rear-wheel-drive sports coupe's chassis is riding underneath, despite the fact that the Cross Sport is 2.6 inches longer overall. Assuming the chassis itself is basically unmodified and the 2.0-liter, flat, four-cylinder engine is untouched, this could be a very effective way for Subaru to increase its return on investment in the BRZ's underpinnings while generating a very cool (if niche) shooting brake model.

With the exception of a few bits of concept car frosting (wood-lined cargo bay floor, overly-detailed steroscopic camera mounts, slivered side mirrors, etc.), this thing looks production ready, and that's just ducky with us.
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SUBARU CROSS SPORT DESIGN CONCEPT is a combination of 'sport' and 'utility' – both aspects which have been refined by Subaru over the years.

This model has a compact body with overall length of 4,300mm that allows brisk driving and yet makes available features such as easy seat access, comfortable interior, and abundant luggage space. SUBARU CROSS SPORT DESIGN CONCEPT is what Subaru perceives to be the next trend in urban SUVs.


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      Making11s
      • 1 Year Ago
      To me, this body style looks more like a Subaru than the coupe. It's quirky while still being handsome and has the added utility of the larger cargo area. It seems as though Toyota had more control over styling than Subaru because the BRZ looks like a rebadged version of another manufacturer's car and consequently looks out of place in Subaru's lineup. I think this shooting brake body style remedies this.
      Scott Cole
      • 1 Year Ago
      I dig it...like a Ferrari FF for the everyday dude
      waetherman
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think it looks great, and I also think it fits with the image of Subaru as an "active lifestyle" brand. I could see mountain bikers, hikers and other outdoorsy folks really taking advantage the space of the hatchback, while also appreciating the sporty ride. Build it, Subaru. Even if it's a low-volume car, it'll attract new customers.
      tegdesign
      • 1 Year Ago
      I see there are a lot of BRZ fans who are not a fan of this. I doesn't seem to me that it's supposed appeal to the same customer though. I like it. I also like the way the BRZ looks, but I sat in one in a show room, and since it felt like I was basically sitting on the ground I knew right away that unfortunately, it would never be a car I could live with. It doesn't look overly tall to me, more like a Golf or Scirocco.
      FutureDoc
      • 1 Year Ago
      Very nice. I wished the FRS/BRZ was a true hatchback. This is a good concept for those wanting a hothatch and RWD.
      Matt
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like wagons. I like the BRZ. I love light weight and RWD(hell...I drive an NA Miata). What I dont like is the Outback cladding the threw on this. They should have kept it low and with the lines it has now.
      Ryan Stevens
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well with Subaru's current track record, I believe this will look NOTHING like this concept when it goes into production. Although this looks absolutely stunning, and would totally buy one if it looked like this when in production. Subaru, known for amazing concepts, but i fear this will not end well...
      lpattis
      • 1 Year Ago
      Isn't anyone here old enough to remember the MGB-GT...? I wanted one when I was 18, and this would fit the bill at 58...!
      Earthwateruser
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like it, but it would be nice if they sold a standard \"low CG\" version as well as the \"BRZ Outback\" they have here.
      Mercer
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is a car for people who can't afford a Ferrari FF. I want one.
      jbm0866
      • 1 Year Ago
      BRZ with actual cargo space? YES PLEASE!
      Jmaister
      • 1 Year Ago
      sold, take my money now.
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