Salt. Get the salt. A new report out of Australia is claiming that Subaru is working on a new SVX. Yes, seriously.

Now, this is not feasible for a pair of huge reasons. First, the demand for a two-door Subaru, as we've seen with the BRZ, has not been tremendous. Second, the original SVX was a pretty horrible seller. Could the world be ready for a revival, though?

According to an unnamed source that spoke to Motoring.com.au, the reborn SVX will be based on the Viziv 2 Concept that was shown at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, but it will be a considerably more aggressive design, arriving as a low, wide shooting brake. According to the Aussies, the reborn SVX would ride on a new Subaru Global Platform, which will underpin the next-generation Tribeca, because of that platform's support for hybridization.

Ah, but this isn't just another version of the XV Crosstrek Hybrid's drivetrain, though. The unnamed source claims a bespoke, 3.3-liter, six-cylinder boxer engine is being developed for the SVX, and that it will be paired up with a Lexus battery and electric motor system. Total output would be around 375 horsepower. Where is that bloody salt?

Perhaps the most unbelievable part of this unbelievable story is this – the car is being requested by most strongly by American dealerships, because said dealers are clamoring for a high-output, sporty and luxurious coupe. Oh, and it will be built in Indiana at Subaru's factory.

While we aren't holding our breath on this one, we have reached out to Subaru's North American operations for a comment. "No, we haven't heard of anything like this," Subaru spokesman Dominick Infante told Autoblog.

Of course, as unlikely as this all sounds, we'll keep our ear to the ground should anything else develop.


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      Topher.Mctopherton
      • 6 Months Ago
      Unless the windows only open 75% of the way and cut my fingers off i am not interested... aslo the SVX was a car not a CUV :P ... silly subs'
      Garrett
      • 6 Months Ago
      The SVX was a very cool car. This doesn't seem to have anything to do with an SVX though....
      jboogiezx6
      • 6 Months Ago
      many in the northern states swear by subbies, young and old. svx, wrx, call it what you want, a fun, awd hatch/coupe makes sense for them, imo.
      StephenT
      • 6 Months Ago
      Standard photon torpedo launchers?
      SethG
      • 6 Months Ago
      If I'm Subaru, I'm much more focused on the Tribeca's replacement. That car remains an embarrassment and a legitimate three row CUV. (Let's face it, the Tribeca's sized, limited by the platform of of the 2005 Legacy/Outback, was a bigger drawback than it's styling. We know that Subaru customers don't care too much about styling. But they won't be fooled by a 3-row car that will fit passengers in the 2nd row or 3rd row but not both at the same time.) The current Legacy/Outback is much larger and could easily support a legitimate 3 row CUV. This is a car that fits better with the brand and it's customers than some sporty shooting brake. And I'm a former SVX driver and I love a sporty shooting brake.
        Bassracerx
        • 6 Months Ago
        @SethG
        when the tribecca came out it was amazing more fun to drive and slightly more offroad capable than it's competition lacking sightly in refinement, luxury and 3rd row comfort. but it is just old now and the competition has improved. you are right that subaru customers dont care too much about styling tho because i sure dont care what it looks like as long as it does the job.
          SethG
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Bassracerx
          I agree that Tribeca was more fun to drive than the competition. I was driving a Legacy GT Wagon at the time and you could tell the cars were related. But I needed three rows and in this respect the Tribeca was a flop. With the second row slid back, there is absolutely no room for the legs of a person (even a child) seated in the 3rd row. With the 2nd row slid all the way forward the situation in the 3rd row improves slightly while the 2nd row becomes really tight. I ended up in a CX-9 which is just a good a drive, gets better mpg (barely) and has much more room for passengers and cargo. I really don't like the way the Outback has grown in the past two generations but it could serve as a great platform for a new Tribeca if they ever get around to it.
      Caio Lima Caldas
      • 4 Months Ago
      They will launch concept first in 2016 later they will launch in the next year.
      Caio Lima Caldas
      • 4 Months Ago
      They will launch a concept and will release the car in 2017.
      dohc73
      • 6 Months Ago
      MINI Paceman anyone?
      DavidG
      • 6 Months Ago
      Where are the stupid windows? It won't be an SVX without those stupid windows!
      Avinash Machado
      • 6 Months Ago
      Just a rumor.
      pickles
      • 6 Months Ago
      If they do hybrid power they should DO hybrid power well. That new XV has unambigiously weak mpg numbers.
      Sky
      • 6 Months Ago
      In favor of fifa, they added 4 soccer balls lights
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