Subaru Viziv Tourer Concept Previews the WRX Wagon We've Been Missing
Subaru has been showcasing the Viziv Performance Concept in an effort to build hype for the next-generation WRX since last fall. The automaker even produced a hardcore STI variant to double down on the concept’s current role. However, a large subset of Subaru enthusiasts only care about one thing: finding out when the WRX wagon will return.
Officially, the WRX wagon died when Subaru made the switch to a stubbier hatchback in 2007. To the chagrin of the platform’s fans, the company eventually stopped offering the performance model as a hatchback, too. North America has been in a tizzy ever since, and enthusiasts seeking an AWD performance hatch have been forced to seek comfort elsewhere. Those days might be coming to a close.
Subaru just unveiled the Viziv Tourer Concept at the Geneva Motor Show, giving us a taste of what might be in 2020.
Like all Viziv concepts, the automaker didn’t have much to say in terms of hardware. Like all new autos from the brand, it adopts Subaru’s Global Platform, symmetrical all-wheel drive, and a four-cylinder boxer engine. At 188 inches in length, the Tourer Concept is quite a bit longer than the current Impreza hatchback. It’s also far wider than the modern WRX, at 76 inches. However, its overall dimensions are the closest to production-ready of any of the Viziv Concept vehicles, and could indicate that Subaru is going with something more rotund when the time finally comes to build the new WRX.
The manufacturer envisions the Tourer as a four-seater. Curious, considering the window tint prohibits any glimpses into the cabin. One would presume the point of a wagon was to provide extra space for people and things when the need arises. But this is still a concept vehicle with shaved door handles and no mirrors to speak of. Plenty of change will occur before the concepts morph into the production WRX.
Still, we really hope Subaru keeps the Viziv’s aggressiveness. The black fender flares and skirting are cool as can be and might be nice additions as part of a performance package Subaru can scrape up some extra coin with. Even without them, the model would still be extremely bold — something akin to the Honda Civic Type R, but with some semblance of respectability still intact.
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