Subaru to Debut VIZIV Evolution Concept Plug-In Hybrid at Tokyo Motor Show


Subaru VIZIV Plug-In Hybrid Concept - This Is Not the Yet-to-be-Revealed VIZIV Evolution Version

Subaru VIZIV Plug-In Hybrid Concept – This Is Not the Yet-to-be-Revealed VIZIV Evolution Version

In late November, Subaru will wheel out its VIZIV Evolution Concept.

Again...Not the VIZIV Evolution Version

Again…Not the VIZIV Evolution Version

As you might have already guesses, the VIZIV Evolution is an evolution of the original VIZIV plug-in hybrid concept that debuted at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

We suspect that this latest version of the VIZIV will be close to production-ready, though Subaru isn’t saying a word on whether or not it’ll be production-bound.

Here’s what Subaru says of the VIZIV Evolution Concept:

In order to demonstrate the Subaru brand’s future direction, both aesthetically and technologically, Subaru will debutin Japan the SUBARU VIZIV EVOLUTION CONCEPT. This is the advanced form of the future-generation crossover concept model named SUBARU VIZIV CONCEPT which was exhibited at shows such as the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show.

SUBARU VIZIV EVOLUTION CONCEPT carries a power unit which represents one of the ideas Subaru has for the future of its powertrains. It is a plug-in hybrid system that consists of the 1.6-liter Horizontally-Opposed direct injection turbo “DIT” engine, combined with high-torque-compatible Lineartronic (CVT) with one front motor and two rear motors. In addition, Subaru will illustrate its goal for the future of safety technology with the adoption of an innovative autopilot system.

SUBARU VIZIV EVOLUTION CONCEPT is an embodiment of Subaru’s vision of the future.

Original VIZIV - Not the Evolution Version

Original VIZIV – Not the Evolution Version

In addition to all that, Subaru released these basic specs on the VIZIV Evolution:

  • Overall Length x Width x Height (mm): 4,320 x 1,900 x 1,510
  • Engine Type: 1.6-liter Horizontally-Opposed direct injection turbo “DIT” engine
  • Transmission Type: Lineartronic (CVT)
  • Electric Motor Type: Interior permanent magnet synchronous motor; 1 front motor, 2 rear motors
  • Drivetrain: Independent-rear-motor-driven Symmetrical AWD (All-Wheel drive) + Plug-in hybrid system
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion batteries

Which we’ve translated into this:

  • it’s a Subaru, so it’s AWD
  • plug-in hybrid system
  • 1,.-liter turbocharged gas engine
  • CVT transmission
  • two rear motors – one front motor

Look for more details on the VIZIV Evolution when it debuts in Tokyo on November 20.

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5 Comments on "Subaru to Debut VIZIV Evolution Concept Plug-In Hybrid at Tokyo Motor Show"

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Mark H

Good looking auto. That door might require autonomous parking though.


Finally, Subaru takes a stab at plug-ins. They may actually have a chance at selling a good number of these should they decide to produce them. I’ve read before somewhere that demographically, Subaru tends to have very loyal and higher teir wage earners as customers. So maybe they won’t bulk so quickly at a $40,000 PHEV Subaru.


It’s nice, but really? This is as exciting as hearing another one of Audi’s plug-in concepts!


Ooh a concept plug-in in 2013. A little late to the game, are we Subaru?


I wonder if scissor doors are a special code within the industry that indicates that the manufacture has no idea of if they are going to build the car, and if they happen to build it, they actually have no idea what it will really look like.