Does The Subaru VIZIV Performance Concept Preview The Next WRX?

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Answer: Yes.

Subaru describes the new Viziv Performance Concept as its "next-generation sports sedan." That means it previews the next WRX and WRX STI, but the big question is whether this sleek styling will carry over to the production versions. Let’s hope so, as Subaru has been known for toning down designs from concept to production. The Viziv Performance Concept, as with all Subarus, features a symmetrical AWD layout powered by a boxer engine.

Styling wise, Subaru says the concept draws on previous models such as the Legacy, the Impreza and WRX. There’s a rigid, forward-thrusting body with a lower center of gravity, dynamic fender flares, and lots of carbon fiber components, specifically in the bumpers, fenders and roof. The front grille has a three-dimensional form flanked by hawkeye headlights. Aside from the dramatic styling, driver-assist technologies, such as the next-generation EyeSight and a "highly accurate" navigation system, have also been incorporated. Overall, we like what we’re seeing here.

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We particularly like the rear end and the quad tailpipes, LED taillights, and trunk-mounted spoiler. The 20-inch wheels look great but will probably remain concept-only. Strangely, Subaru hasn’t released any interior images. Subaru previously hinted the next WRX and WRX STI will debut by the end of the decade, so here’s hoping their styling won’t be watered-down too much.

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