When the Outback doesn't have enough room, buyers can look to this upcoming three-row crossover for even more room.
Subaru has already confirmed that a seven-seat, three-row crossover is joining the brand’s lineup in the United States and Canada in early 2018, and the Viziv-7 SUV Concept at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show is a good preview of how the company’s biggest model could look. Subie is still keeping the automotive world guessing about the rest of CUV’s important specs, though.
The Viziv-7 SUV looks like a larger, tougher evolution of the current Outback and Forester. A large grille dominated the front, and the headlights feature bracket-shaped LEDs for running lights. The profile highlights the muscular fenders an arching shoulder liner that flows upward to the D-pillar. The hatchback is angular, and a strip of LEDs runs through it for a visual connection between the taillights.
“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,” said Takeshi Tachimori, corporate executive vice president at Fuji Heavy Industries.
The Viziv-7 definitely suggests that Subaru wants the still-unnamed three-row to be an imposing vehicle. At 204.7 inches (5,200 millimetres) long, the concept stretches way longer than the company’s current Outback at 189.6 inches (4,816 mm). In addition, it’s bigger than the new Volkswagen Atlas at 198.3 inches (5,037 mm) and the Chevrolet Tahoe at 203.9 inches (5,179 mm).
Subaru doesn’t offer any details about the interior, but the cameras for the company’s EyeSight driver assistance suite is visible on the rear-view mirror. The latest version of the tech in the Impreza includes aids like pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot detection, and high beam assist.
Unfortunately, Subaru doesn’t give any info about the three-row crossover’s powertrain either. The company’s venerable combination of a boxer engine and all-wheel drive seems like a safe bet. However, the exact powerplant is a mystery. If the company sticks with what it currently has available, the 2.0-litre turbocharged boxer four-cylinder from the Forester XT with 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque seems like a viable option. The aging 3.6-litre flat-six with 256 hp and 247 lb-ft from the Legacy and Outback is another possibility, but a rumour suggests Subaru wants to stop using six-pot powerplants.
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