The Tokyo Motor Show has proven to be far deeper and more interesting in 2013 than it has been in recent years, surely a trailing indicator of the revived auto industry in Japan and throughout the world. Still, we have seen a few concept cars that have been nearly 'recycled' from shows earlier in the season.

This Subaru Viziv Evolution concept is a case in point – it looks not unlike the Viziv Concept that the company hauled over to the Geneva Motor Show in March of this year. What gives?

Well, the original Viziv wrapped its sexy crossover-coupe bodywork around a powertrain composed of a 2.0-liter diesel engine and three electric motors, two of which powered the two rear wheels (another trendy hybrid setup). This new "Evolution" of the Viziv is not dissimilar from its progenitor, swapping in a small displacement gasoline-powered engine for the diesel unit. All of this is based on reports out of Tokyo, mind you, as official information on the car is scarce at the moment.

Visually, the Subaru design team has left well enough alone, swapping in a few black trim pieces on the exterior to show that changes under the hood have taken place. That's not bad, as the Viziv was pretty handsome to begin with. Stay tuned to our Tokyo coverage for more on the Viziv Evolution as soon as we can dig it up.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      The Friendly Grizzly
      Frightened goldfish look or not, they will sell plenty to their fan base.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yeah but take this concept with the newer Cross Sport Design Concept and the pieces are coming together. Subaru wants to make a small, but sporty softroader along the lines of a lifted Volvo C30 or the Nissan Juke. I'm thinking something to compete with the Kia Soul, Veloster & Scion crowd. I just hope it's not a two door Crosstrek. That is pointless. Base it off of the BRZ and you could have a low-cost, youthful, sporty rear-wheel, economical car. This would beat the CRZ at its own game.
      • 1 Year Ago
      What is this sudden obsession with so many brands using that "coffin" shaped grille? i'm not getting on the bandwagon about "this model looks like that model," or whatever, but seriously, Audi, Ford, Hyundai and now Subaru are using that same shape. What gives? Certainly there must be other options to be a bit more distinctive.
      • 1 Year Ago
      if only they would build it like this
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice looking car. Would make a really cool Rally car.
      • 1 Year Ago
      How embarrassed is Subaru by the new WRX? It's supposed to be the top of their performance lineup (STI excluded) and within a day of it's reveal, they have dumped multiple great looking concept cars. A car company Subaru's size doesn't drop 3 new concepts in two days on opposite sides of the world unless they're trying to distract us. In this case, they're trying to keep us from thinking about the WRX.