Subaru took the wraps off its new VIZIV-7 SUV Concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show today, giving us a good idea of what its upcoming three-row SUV is likely to look like and how big it might be.
VIZIV is a name derived from Vision for Innovation and is used by Subaru for a series of concepts that is said to embody “enjoyment and peace of mind,” while showing a future glimpse of what Subaru will provide its customers.
The VIZIV-7 SUV Concept is said to demonstrate the company’s thinking about just how big a future SUV from Subaru can be. With full three-row capability the Subaru VIZIV-7 SUV Concept is said to show the size direction – and probably the styling – of the all-new three-row midsize SUV to be introduced to the North American market in early 2018.
With an overall length of 5,200 mm, the Subaru concept covers about the same footprint as a Chevrolet Tahoe and its 2990-mm wheelbase is about 44 mm longer. Big indeed!
The new production model will replace the now-discontinued, mid-sized Tribeca, which never gained a serious foothold in the market. The styling of the new concept is more traditional than that of the Tribeca, which introduced Subaru’s short-lived, Alfa-clone three-element grille when it was introduced.
"The concept expresses our core brand values, safety, dependability, capability for outdoor activities and a forward looking attitude," said Takeshi Tachimori, corporate executive vice president of Fuji Heavy Industries, Subaru’s parent company. "We know customers in this segment want a larger vehicle and the next three-row from Subaru will be the biggest Subaru vehicle ever."
Starting in 2018, the all-new three-row midsize SUV will be produced at the Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA) plant in Lafayette, Indiana. That plant also builds Legacy and Outback models and both sedan and hatchback versions of the new Impreza compact, which is constructed on an all-new Subaru Global Platform.