Looks like: Kinda like a Jaguar F-Pace with Subaru Forester blood
Defining characteristics: Big, burly, muscular exterior styling unlike anything in the Subaru SUV lineup
Ridiculous features: Laser-beam accent lighting through the headlights, taillights and foglights
Chance of being mass-produced: Looks like a pretty solid bet for 2018
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The saying impels you to “go big or go home.” With its new three-row SUV concept debuting this week at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, Subaru has no evident intention of repairing to the latter. The Viziv-7 SUV is all about big and proudly announces its designs on being the most sizable Subie of all time.
Vis-á-vis the Viziv-7, the SUV in L.A. is said to embody the size and design direction of an all-new production model planned for the U.S. market in early 2018. The relative tameness of the concept’s exterior styling — apart from those laser-beam head- and taillight accents — suggests we may be looking at something that could look a lot like what we’ll be looking at less than two years from now.
The design deviates substantially from Subaru’s traditional styling. It has elements of both the Forester and Crosstrek, vaguely favoring the former’s face and the latter’s musculature. It’s kinda like Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez insofar as both brothers closely resemble their dad, Martin Sheen, though neither really looks much like the other. The Viziv-7 really looks most like the athletically built Jaguar F-Pace, though it will likely cost much less in production form than the Jag’s $42,000 starting price.
The bottom line is, it looks like an SUV as we popularly think of one today, as opposed to other Subaru models that claim the designation but are either wagons, in the case of the Outback, or look like they evolved from wagons, in the cases of the Crosstrek and Forester.
The automaker didn’t immediately announce any official dimensions, but has stressed its desire to address a market preoccupation with size. And it certainly looks big: big curves, big styling flourishes, big grille, big lights, big wheels. “We know customers in this segment want a full-sized vehicle and the next three-row from Subaru will be the biggest Subaru vehicle ever,” Takeshi Tachimori, corporate executive vice president for Subaru manufacturer Fuji Heavy Industries, vowed in a statement.
See just how big it is as we show it to you live from the floor of the L.A. Auto Show. Check back for updates.