2014 Subaru VIZIV-2 Concept

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One year after unveiling the original concept, Subaru has revealed a new version of its two-door, four-seater future technology and design showcase vehicle – the Subaru VIZIV-2 Concept – at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

The VIZIV-2 is a next generation crossover concept inspired by the phrase ‘Vision for Innovation’ and has been created to show how advanced technology can further improve the All-Wheel Drive (AWD) Subaru driving experience, while indicating at a possible future design direction for Subaru’s production vehicles.

The 4.4-metre long VIZIV-2 concept has been designed asthe ideal vehicle to support urban families wîth active lifestyles, powered by a 1.6-litre turbo-diesel ‘DIT’ (Direct-Injection Turbo) Boxer engine, plus three electric motors.

Design

With its large stretched ‘C’ shaped headlamps and prominent round LED fog lights, the VIZIV-2 presents the image of an active crossover wîth a solid body form, polished surfaces and an impression of rigidity that expresses Subaru’s legendary safety and security.

The core hexagonal shape of the body is present in the front grille and is repeated at the rear where the combination lamps are styled to make the car appear wider. In profile, the powerful flanks pose in a dynamic stance, coupled wîth robust bumpers that feature Subaru’s characteristic cladding and vectoring lamps to highlight the car’s stability and Subaru’s AWD system. The concept car is finished in Magnetite Silver Metallic.

Inside, VIZIV-2 features a cabin which inspires a dynamic, enjoyable driving experience. The interior space encapsulates function, safety and enjoyment wîth an authenticity that is uniquely Subaru. Viewed from the driver’s seat, the instrument cluster design stresses drivability and ease-of-use, showing the operating status for EyeSight, Subaru’s advanced driver assistance system, and the vehicle’s multi-directional sensing systems.

Powertrain

Building on more than 40 years’ experience of its hallmark AWD technology, Subaru’s new independent rear motor-driven Symmetrical AWD system developed for VIZIV-2 points to a future generation of Subaru AWD technology.

While the diesel engine and front electric motor power the front wheels, at the rear two independent motors allow the same or different levels of torque to be applied to the left and right rear wheels, depending on driving conditions. A third motor powers the front wheels, wîth power provided by a lithium-ion battery pack. Completing the plug-in hybrid powertrain, the four-cylinder 1.6-litre DIT diesel engine is coupled wîth a Lineartronic (CVT) automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com)

Besides helping acceleration and performance in all conditions, this ground-breaking AWD system employs torque vectoring to improve stability and agility – minimising understeer by reducing power to the inside wheel and increasing power to the outside wheel. It ensures ease and confidence on the road and provides a new level of driving enjoyment, while increasing the active safety performance typical of every AWD Subaru model.

This unique system automatically selects the best time to use each power unit according to its strengths and the driving conditions, achieving greater fuel efficiency and maximum stability and safety. The generous torque generated by the diesel engine and the electric motors ensures strong, linear acceleration and responsive performance in the best traditions of a Subaru.

During low-speed or city driving, the front and rear motors supply much of the vehicle’s propulsion, while the diesel engine and high-efficiency Lineartronic take over at higher speeds. The VIZIV-2’s auto start/stop system and its multiple charging methods – engine power generation, regenerative braking and plug-in charging – further improve efficiency.

VIZIV-2 features a new variation of Subaru’s SI-DRIVE driving control system, Hybrid SI-DRIVE, which allows the driver to select different profiles for the engine and transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) To the original system’s ‘Intelligent’ and ‘Sports’ modes, this adds an ‘Eco-Cruise’ mode which works in conjunction wîth the EyeSight driver assist system. Travel conditions, monitored by the EyeSight’s stereo camera, are continuously assessed and the data is used to fine-tune the engine and motor outputs in order to reduce fuel consumption and minimise emissions, while ensuring a safe and rewarding driving experience.
Source – Subaru
World Premiere of the ‘SUBARU VIZIV 2 CONCEPT’ at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Tokyo, March 4, 2014 – Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the manufacturer of Subaru automobiles, unveiled the ‘SÚBARÚ VIZIV 2 CONCEPT’ today at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show.

‘SÚBARÚ VIZIV 2 CONCEPT’ (VIZIV 2) is a future-generation crossover concept that represents the direction of Subaru’s brand value ‘Enjoyment and Peace of Mind’ following the ‘SÚBARÚ VIZIV CONCEPT’ (VIZIV) revealed at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and ‘SÚBARÚ VIZIV EVOLÚTION CONCEPT’ exhibited at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. ‘VIZIV’ is a coined word inspired by the phrase ‘Vision for Innovation’ to express Subaru’s future vision of innovation and the future direction of the brand. By using the word continuously, Subaru expresses to pursue ‘Enjoyment and Peace of Mind’ as an essential value offered for customers.
The special site on the Subaru Global Site (http://www.subaru-global.com/2014geneva.html) will be updated wîth information relating to the Geneva International Motor Show. This will include images of the VIZIV 2 as well as a movie of Subaru’s press conference.

• Main featuresA future-generation crossover concept achieves integration of apparently-opposing elements such as ‘environmental friendliness and driving performance’ or ‘design and utility’ at a high level. It offers the brand value ‘Enjoyment and Peace of Mind’ on all road surface conditions, driving environments and usage.
Compared to the VIZIV’s 2-door body, VIZIV 2 employs 4-door body which achieves both utility and sporty cabin. The stylish body was also given a packaging design enabling four adults to ride comfortably even on long road trips.
While emphasizing ‘dynamism’ and ‘solidity’, the design shares motifs wîth other Subaru models.

Its hybrid system employs a small displacement turbocharged engine which is popular in many markets. Automated driving technologies are also adopted as important technologies to offer the brand value ‘Enjoyment and Peace of Mind’.

• Design

The solid body represents polished surfaces, rigidity and density, in turn an expression of Subaru’s safety and security.
Representative of the powerful, dynamic motif, the sides pose in a dynamic stance, coupled wîth strong fenders which flare out as if gushing out from the interior.
Beginning wîth the hexagonal grille, the front represents the solid feel of the design. Together wîth headlights which evoke images of the BOXER engine within, large circular lights serve to emphasize the image of an active crossover.
The core hexagonal shape of the body is repeated again in the rear. The rear combination lamps make the rear feel wider, and the strong fenders impress a sense of stability in their stance.

The rugged body framework has been incorporated as part of the design, creating an interior which inspires a dynamic, enjoyable driving experience.

• Technologies

It is a plug-in hybrid system that consists of the 1.6-liter Horizontally-Opposed direct injection turbo ‘DIT’ engine, combined wîth high-torque-compatible Lineartronic (CVT) wîth one front motor and two rear motors. The components for the hybrid system such as a high voltage battery are installed while maintaining the Subaru’s unique Symmetrical AWD (All-Wheel drive) layout. The layout delivers superb driveability based on its low center of gravity and superior weight balance.
‘Independent-rear-motor-driven symmetrical AWD’ system which is leading the way to a future generation of Subaru AWD technology has been adopted for the VIZIV 2. Subaru is constantly refining its unique AWD systems according to the development philosophy ‘Four-wheel management’. ‘Independent-rear-motor-driven symmetrical AWD’ system provides fine-tuned control of the four wheels to match the travel environment and road surface conditions.
Subaru will illustrate its goal for the future of safety technology wîth the adoption of an innovative autopilot system.

Source – Subaru