Subaru taking a shot at three-row SUVs with new Viziv 7

Subaru hasn't had a large SUV since it discontinued its Tribeca model in 2013, and it seems likely the company would want to create a new model for that segment.

The Viziv-7 looks like someone put a Subaru Forester in a photocopier and dialed the enlargement setting up to 125 percent.

The Subaru Viziv-7 concept has been revealed at the LA motor show, and is the largest model the Japanese manufacturer has ever produced. Well, that thing eventually evolved into the 2015 Subaru Viziv Future Concept that made its debut past year at the Tokyo Motor show. There's hexagonal shapes housing the front fog lamps and exhausts at the rear, with an added emphasis on straight body lines, complimented by the rectangular lights at the rear.

In case you were wondering, Viziv isn't the name of the production model. Spy photographers recently caught Subaru testing its new three-row crossover, and along for comparison was both a Mazda CX-9 and a Ford Explorer; like them, we expect the Ascent to offer a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, although the 3.6-liter six-cylinder boxer engine that's optional in the Outback is also a possibility.

Subaru VIZIV is derived from Vision for Innovation, and is a concept series embodying the future vision of auto development for "enjoyment and peace of mind" that Subaru wants to provide to customers.

Subaru has unveiled an all-new SUV concept called the VIZIV-7 at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, previewing a seven-seater of the future. It will also be built on Subaru's new global platform at the IN plant starting IN 2018 and will only be sold IN North America initially. "We know customers in this segment want a full-sized vehicle and the next three-row (SUV) from Subaru will be the biggest Subaru vehicle ever", said Takeshi Tachimori, corporate executive vice president, Fuji Heavy Industries.

  • Anthony Vega