Subaru Previews Future with VIZIV Concept

After years of mostly conservative styling, Subaru's new concept crossover is a flashy departure from the past - and it's also a hybrid.

Subaru isn’t a brand known for taking risks in styling, but that could be changing as the Japanese automaker has just unveiled its Viziv Concept at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Supposedly previewing a future crossover production model, the two-door, four-seat Viziv not only features an entirely new design direction, but also several technological innovations. The Viziv, short for "Vision for Innovation", is powered by a 2.0-liter boxer diesel.

It's then paired up with a plug-in hybrid system and mated to a high-torque-compatible CVT. This transmission has a front motor that provides vehicle drive and power generation, and two independent rear motors used for vehicle drive. The powertrain then decides the best time to use each power unit in order to achieve optimal efficiency. With butterfly doors and other bits of flashy show-car styling, the Viziv rides on a set of 20-inch wheels. Overall, it’s quite different than current production Subarus, but the styling and technology provide an enticing view of where the company is heading.

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