For a brand known for its mastery over all-wheel drive technology, it’s odd that Subaru doesn’t have a proper large SUV in its current range. It had the Tribeca for a while, but it wasn’t a commercial success and was discontinued a few years ago. It still has the Forester and the XV in its portfolio, but they are compact crossovers. It’s this glaring gap in its model line-up that the Japanese carmaker seeks to fill with the new seven-seater SUV, which was shown at the Los Angeles show as a concept.
Although we fail to see how, Subaru says the concept’s name, Viziv-7, is derived from the idea of “Vision for Innovation.” However, it’s not the first time Subaru has used that name for a concept, as there were show cars called Viziv Future, Viziv-2 and the Viziv earlier. The carmaker also states that the concept, while embodying the brand’s future vision of a large Subaru SUV, also reflects its core brand values of safety, dependability, capability for outdoor activities and a “forward looking attitude.” “We know customers in this segment want a full-sized vehicle and the next three-row from Subaru will be the biggest Subaru vehicle ever,” says Takeshi Tachimori, corporate executive vice president, Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd, which is Subaru’s parent company.
With an overall length of 5,200mm, width of 2,030mm, and a height of 1,860mm, the SUV concept points to a really large people mover, even slightly larger than the Toyota Land Cruiser in overall proportions. And the wheelbase of 2,990mm will translate into generous room inside for the seven passengers across three rows of seating.
No technical details have been announced yet, but we expect the production car to be powered by a turbocharged engine, and to be quite adept at tackling off-road duties.