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Subaru Levorg 2020 hinted in Viziv Tourer concept

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Subaru has hinted at its next Levorg wagon with the reveal at the Geneva motor show of its Viziv Tourer concept, an estate version of the WRX-previewing four-door show car shown at the 2017 Tokyo motor show.

In addition to the Viziv Performance STI concept revealed in January, Subaru is continuing to steer the WRX family further afield from the Impreza small-car range.

However, it is excepted the production version of the Viziv Tourer will be underpinned by Subaru's new Global Platform that the current Impreza and XV small SUV is already built on.

In profile it presents as a rakish wagon with a low roofline and sleek tail lines.
In profile it presents as a rakish wagon with a low roofline and sleek tail lines.

On show this week at the Geneva motor show, the Viziv Tourer Concept sits on an extended 2730mm wheelbase (the current WRX is 2650mm) and measures 4775mm in length, 1930mm wide and 1435mm high.

For comparison, the current Levorg measures 4690mm long, 1780mm wide and is 1485mm tall.

Subaru announced the concept saying it embodies "the brand's vision for the future of making cars that deliver enjoyment and peace of mind to its customers".

However, exact powertrain details were not divulged.

The concept adheres to the show-car principles by having some potentially non-production items, such as the four-seat arrangement, 20-inch wheels and barely there side-view mirrors.

It follows the design theme of the sedan concept with ultra-slim LED headlights, Subaru's signature hexagonal grille, large brake intakes and a pronounced lower air dam.

In profile it presents as a rakish wagon with a low roofline and sleek tail lines, closely following the rear three-quarter treatment of Volvo's V-series models.

It follows the design theme of the sedan concept with ultra-slim LED headlights, Subaru's signature hexagonal grille, large brake intakes and a pronounced lower air dam.
It follows the design theme of the sedan concept with ultra-slim LED headlights, Subaru's signature hexagonal grille, large brake intakes and a pronounced lower air dam.

The wagon design also neatly separates the future production model from the more off-road inspired Outback SUV.

Prominent 'EyeSight' safety sensors can also been glimpsed on the Viziv Tourer concept, with Subaru playing up the technology as a cornerstone for its model.

"In anticipation of widespread future deployment of automated driving technologies, advanced driver-assist functions combining the next-generation EyeSight system with other devices have been installed in the car to reduce driver fatigue on long journeys and enable active enjoyment of driving with peace of mind," the Japanese carmaker said.

Not the first Viziv concept revealed by Subaru, the moniker first appeared at the 2013 Geneva and Frankfurt motor shows as a diesel hybrid two-door hatch before expanding to more body styles.

The show cars have been used by Subaru to gauge and refine concepts before production, which is exactly the route predicted by the latest Viziv wagon.

If it becomes a production reality, it will likely morph into the next-generation Levorg due for release around 2020.

Should Subaru continue to offer a wagon in its line-up or should it focus on SUVs? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

Neil Dowling
Contributing Journalist
GoAutoMedia Cars have been the corner stone to Neil’s passion, beginning at pre-school age, through school but then pushed sideways while he studied accounting. It was rekindled when he started contributing to magazines including Bushdriver and then when he started a motoring section in Perth’s The Western Mail. He was then appointed as a finance writer for the evening Daily News, supplemented by writing its motoring column. He moved to The Sunday Times as finance editor and after a nine-year term, finally drove back into motoring when in 1998 he was asked to rebrand and restyle the newspaper’s motoring section, expanding it over 12 years from a two-page section to a 36-page lift-out. In 2010 he was selected to join News Ltd’s national motoring group Carsguide and covered national and international events, launches, news conferences and Car of the Year awards until November 2014 when he moved into freelancing, working for GoAuto, The West Australian, Western 4WDriver magazine, Bauer Media and as an online content writer for one of Australia’s biggest car groups. He has involved himself in all aspects including motorsport where he has competed in everything from motocross to motorkhanas and rallies including Targa West and the ARC Forest Rally. He loves all facets of the car industry, from design, manufacture, testing, marketing and even business structures and believes cars are one of the few high-volume consumables to combine a very high degree of engineering enlivened with an even higher degree of emotion from its consumers.
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