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Subaru Viziv Adrenaline concept previews hardcore XV

Is it a chunkier XV or a coupe-roofed Forester? Hard to say.
Jake Williams
Journalist
CarsGuide

6 Mar 2019 • 3 min read

Subaru used the Geneva Motor Show overnight to reveal the Viziv Adrenaline concept car, which at first appears to preview a future XV, but that is not necessarily the case.

The Viziv Adrenaline's chunky styling is a clear step beyond the current XV, featuring large wheel arches with black cladding, patterned LED front foglamps, front and rear skid plates and even two bonnet scoops.

From the side, the Viziv Adrenaline uses a similar silhouette as the current XV with relatively short overhangs, which could be the biggest clue as to the brand’s intentions with the concept car.

The rear of the Viziv Adrenaline uses the same foglamp pattern as the front, with small LED taillights and two rear spoilers that channel air away from the rear. 

The side profile could preview a Forester coupe. The side profile could preview a Forester coupe.

It’s the first car to be designed under the brand’s new “BOLDER” design philosophy, which replaces the “Dynamic x Solid” look of previous Subaru products. 

Subaru Australia PR boss David Rowley told CarsGuide today that the Viziv Adrenaline concept could preview a number of products, though a more off-road focused XV may be most likely.

"Other than just showing new Subaru design, the Viziv Adrenaline concept points  more towards off-road ability than something like an XV WRX or STi" he said.

The Viziv Adrenaline concept debuted overnight at the Geneva Motor Show. The Viziv Adrenaline concept debuted overnight at the Geneva Motor Show.

This also sounds like it could be manifest as an XV version of the more off-road flavoured Forester Sport currently sold in the US, but that roofline also suggests it could be a coupe version of the Forester. 

We've seen a similar relationship before, between the Mazda CX-5 and CX-4 sold in China, but also the new Volkswagen T-Roc that's effectively a coupe version of the Tiguan

Whatever the case, here's hoping the production version looks closer to the concept than what we've seen with previous Viziv concepts. 

Would you like to see a chunkier XV or a Forester coupe? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

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