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Subaru is in the middle of a new product bonanza. It has recent replacements for the Impreza and Forester at dealers, and soon we're getting the WRX, Legacy and if rumors are right the new Outback as well. Now, there are rumblings that there could be two more models from the Japanese brand on the way with styling inspired by the Viziv 2 concept from the Geneva Motor Show.

According to a company insider speaking with Motor Trend, the crossover concept shows the way for the brand's future design language. The shape would be used on a smaller CUV that is still being kept quite secret, and a second, larger one that would replace the recently axed Tribeca. The bigger model is the first priority and is planned as a new technology showcase.

It's rumored to use a turbodiesel, four-cylinder boxer engine that would be boosted with one electric motor on the front axle and two at the rear, with a plug-in hybrid system sourced from Toyota. It should provide a great mix of torque and fuel economy. A smaller flat-six engine would be a second powertrain option. Though the Viziv 2 concept only seats four, the production version would probably offer three rows.

Subaru has to make sure to get its larger crossover right this time. The Tribeca was a failure, and a new model would likely carry a different name to get out from its shadow. We've been hearing rumors about a replacement for a while now, and the company is gunning to grow even more in the US. Adding more CUVs to its ranks would hardly be a surprise. The source says to expect the model by late 2017. We've contacted Subaru to see if it would confirm any of these details, and we'll update this story when we have a reply.


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      Britt Benston
      • 1 Year Ago
      We haven't seen a diesel hybrid in the U.S. yet, I don't think. Subaru needs a first.
      lpattis
      • 1 Year Ago
      To Subaru USA: Please give us back the Legacy wagon. Thank you.
      thailion
      • 1 Year Ago
      The rear doors have a hinge system which allows them to function like sliding doors... Which, in my mind, have been amongst the remaining points favouring mini-vans over crossovers. Like we all know, Subaru has a poor history of honouring concept vehicles, but this is one feature I think would really help distinguish any potential crossover from the herd.
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 1 Year Ago
      And it will look nothing like this
        rsholland
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Winnie Jenkems
        If you can't think of anything unique to say, there's always a well-worn cliché waiting in the wings...
          bonehead
          • 1 Year Ago
          @rsholland
          i chuckle every time i see that little AOL man and your handle. Is it pronounced "arse-hole-land"? :) But yeah we all logged on here just to complain about Subaru concepts being utterly meaningless. All of us. How cliche
          rsholland
          • 1 Year Ago
          @rsholland
          And we all chuckle when we read comments from someone named "bonehead."
          rsholland
          • 1 Year Ago
          @rsholland
          And we all chuckle when we read comments from someone named "bonehead."
        rsholland
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Winnie Jenkems
        If you can't think of anything unique to say, there's always a well-worn cliché waiting in the wings...
        CoolWaters
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Winnie Jenkems
        Thank God.
      slap
      • 1 Year Ago
      The hood is so high and the drivers position is so low that you will need a front camera to see what is ahead of you.
      DyanRucar
      • 1 Year Ago
      How about that CrossSport shooting brake, Subaru?
      RG1527
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can hardly wait to see the watered down production version that will look nothing like this concept. You cannot fool me again Subaru.
        domingorobusto
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RG1527
        This. Subaru has been knocking it out of the park recently with the concepts, and then the production car is so watered down and boring. The WRX and the Legacy both got spectacular concepts that became rather boring production cars, and I expect this will be much the same. It's a beautiful concept, but I no longer have any confidence that any of what makes it great will be in the production car.
      Eggmania
      • 1 Year Ago
      keep dreaming subie fanboys
      thenewrick
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd love to see a 2-door AWD version of this in the states with the 2.0 Turbo FA in the Forester XT. It's just what my Mom needs.
      Ben
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great looking, but unfortunately almost none of this will make it to a production car.
      LegacyGT
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Tribeca was a failure for one reason and it's not styling. The Tribeca failed because it was too small. When it was designed, the 3 row CUV segment was not fully realized and nobody really knew how big to make them to give people the proper balance between 2nd/3rd row comfort and cargo capacity. In addition, it was build on the prior gen Legacy/Outback platform which was itself, small for its class. Since that time the Legacy/Outback has ballooned. With the larger platform and a better understanding of the market's interest in larger 3 row CUVs, Subaru should be able to nail it this time.
        rsholland
        • 1 Year Ago
        @LegacyGT
        It's amazing that so few grasp this. I fully expect their next 7-seater to be right-sized, and will surprise many in a positive way.
        rsholland
        • 1 Year Ago
        @LegacyGT
        It's amazing that so few grasp this. I fully expect their next 7-seater to be right-sized, and will surprise many in a positive way.
        rsholland
        • 1 Year Ago
        @LegacyGT
        It's amazing that so few grasp this. I fully expect their next 7-seater to be right-sized, and will surprise many in a positive way.
      tenspeeder
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great looking concept. Too bad Subaru will massage it down to a bland, already out-of-date box by the time it gets launched.
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